Danny Bailey – Staff Writer
This week, the Clarion Golden Eagles volleyball team played two games against two PSAC rivals.
The women lost the first game against the CalU Vulcans on Friday, and they rebounded immediately the next day with a win over the Seton Hill Griffins, advancing its overall record to 13-10 and 7-4 in the PSAC after the two games.
Clarion Golden Eagles faced the CalU Vulcans in the Tippin Gymnasium Friday.
The day started out great for the Golden Eagles as they dominated the first match against the Vulcans with a score of 25-15.
The rest of the day did not fare well for Clarion, falling to the Vulcans in three very close games of 25-23, 25-22 and 26-24.
The 3-1 CalU victory does not tell the entire story of the night.
Based on the win, you would think that the Vulcans would have dominated the Golden Eagles.
However, the Golden Eagles beat CalU in every statistic but two: aces and more importantly, games. Clarion had 74 points compared to CalU’s 57.5, Clarion had 62 kills to CalU’s 44, Clarion’s 60 assists to CalU’s 40 and finally, Clarion had 85 digs to CalU’s 76.
On paper, this was Clarion’s game to lose and they just could not find a way to win.
Leah Vensel led the team in assists with 56, showcasing her commitment to the team work mentality. Taylor Braunagel went home with 18 kills, while Mackenzie Biggs and Lauryn Driscoll weren’t too far behind with 14 and 13, respectively.
Catherine Ferragonio ended the game with 19 digs with Marissa Robertson, and Morgan Herold adding 12 each.
The very next day, Saturday, the Clarion Golden Eagles faced off against the Seton Hill Griffins, who came into this matchup as a dangerous team.
Seton Hill turned up the pressure on the women by winning the first game with a score of 25-21.
Clarion would then rebound to win a key decisive match with the scoring reaching an impressive 30-28.
In the latter two games, Clarion found its groove and started to dominate with scores of 25-17 and 25-13.
During the game, Clarion beat Seton Hill in just about every facet of the game.
One of the stand-out statistics is Clarion’s five-point block advantage.
The Clarion women also continue to show why teamwork is an important aspect of the game. They led its opponents 62-48, with sophomore Vensel amassing an astonishing 55 assists during the game, which is over double that of what her Seton Hill counterpart Maggie Murray had and more than the entire Seton Hill team had total after the night.
Braunagel led the charge for Clarion in kills with 16 while Driscoll and Biggs added an additional 14 and 13, respectively. Olivia Olson and Biggs made their presence felt on defense as Olson put up six blocks and Murray put up four for the night.
You could tell the team put a huge emphasis on defense, as well with the team digging in deep to deny the Griffins points.
Cartherine Ferragonio brought her shovel with her and came away with 22 digs on the night with Marrissa Robertson and Morgan Herold getting 16 and 15, respectively, of their own.
The Clarion Golden Eagles will face off against Millersville this Friday at home starting at 7 p.m.