Freddie Saladin – Staff Writer
On Saturday Nov. 12, the Clarion Golden Eagles traveled to face the California University Vulcans.
Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles were not enough to stop the Vulcans. The score at the end of the game was set to 3-0 with the Vulcans being the victors.
As the first set began, the Vulcans would already take the lead after two errors from Clarion.
The Golden Eagles would cut its lead short after Taylor Braunagel would get the team’s first point with a successful kill.
For the rest of the set, Clarion did not trail too far behind, but they weren’t able to take the lead.
The Vulcans had finished the set with 25 points and Clarion with 20.
The second set was close, as Clarion took the lead throughout half of the set.
CalU would regain control of the game after two errors made by Clarion, setting the score to 10-12. Shortly after, Braunagel would strike down a kill on the Vulcans, making Clarion trail behind by only one point.
It was looking good for Clarion during this set, until the Vulcans would carry a six-point lead.
By the end of the set, the Vulcans took the set from Clarion with the final points of the set being 20-25.
The third and final set had begun, and things were not looking well for the Golden Eagles.
Clarion took the lead for a moment after Olivia Olson performed a successful kill against the Vulcans.
Throughout the rest of the set, CalU held the lead and finished the match.
It was an emotional day for the team since it was the last game of its season.
According to Braunagel, “It wasn’t easy playing the last game with the seniors on the court, and when it was over most of us were pretty emotional.”
She went on saying that “It’s going to be strange to continue training without them.”
The team plans on continuing its training and work on its mental game.
“We are physically talented, but we need to be more focused and work harder to be more mentally tough.”
It was a hard fought match between the two teams. This would be the Golden Eagles fourth loss in a row.
As a result of this loss, the team has been pulled out of contention for the PSAC Tournament.