Clarion volleyball takes care of business at SRU

Clarion University Women’s Volleyball team had two PSAC matchups last weekend.

The first of the two was against the Edinboro Fighting Scots.

Clarion won the first set, which was tightly contested, by the score of 26-24.

In the second set, Edinboro topped Clarion 25-23.

The Golden Eagles responded, winning the third set 25-21, and taking a 2-1 set lead.

Edinboro won the fourth set by a score of 25-23, forcing a fifth set.

In the fifth set, the Golden Eagles were outlasted by the Fighting Scots and fell 15-7.

Middle hitter for the Golden Eagles, sophomore Olivia Olson, led the way for Clarion with 14 kills, four blocks and four digs in the contest.

Right side hitter, senior Mackenzie Biggs, contributed with 13 kills and four digs in the game. Sophomore middle hitter, Lauryn Driscoll, tallied 12 kills, three blocks as well as four digs.

Outside hitter Clarion, junior Taylor Braunagel, kept up her terrific season, having 13 kills along with four digs and an ace in the match.

Braunagel said on the contest, “I think it was hard-fought. It went point for point for almost the entire first four matches and it was very intense.”

Clarion was back in action the next day, this time taking on Slippery Rock University.

Clarion squeaked out the first set with a score of 26-24.

In the second set, Clarion took a grasp on the match, winning it 25-14.

In the final set, Clarion cruised its way to a 25-16 third set victory, and completed a sweep over The Rock.

Biggs had 12 kills, two blocks and two digs on the day.

Driscoll recorded 10 kills to go along with three digs.

Braunagel tied for the team high in kills with 12, and added four digs along with an ace in the match.

Braunagel said, “I think we played with the same intensity against SRU as we did against Edinboro, the outcome was just obviously different. As we continue on, our serve receive was very solid and as we utilized our middles more and more, we became successful.”

The Golden Eagles record now stands at 12-9 overall, and 6-3 in the PSAC West.

Going forward, Braunagel discussed the adjustments for the team going forward, saying, “We are still working out some kinks in our defense, as we have previously, and we continue to keep our offense rolling and efficient.”

Golden Eagles will continue its PSAC play this weekend as the play host to California University and Seton Hill University.

Braunagel said on the upcoming games, “As we take on Cal and Seton Hill this weekend, we are focusing on the tendencies of the other teams so that we will be more effective at defending and transitioning to our offense. Our transitional play is going well, but we are continuing to be more aggressive with our serve receive offense.”

The action kicks off tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against CalU in Tippin Gymnasium.

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