Austin Troutman / Sports Editor
Clarion’s Golden Eagle women’s volleyball team has started 2017 with an incredible winning percentage.
In 14 contests, Clarion posted a record of 10-4 (.714), but has not had much action in the PSAC to this point.
The Golden Eagles have played only two sets against PSAC opponents, which are also the most recently played contests this season.
Both games for Clarion occurred on the road on Sept. 22 and 23.
The first set of games was against Kutztown University, and the Golden Eagles won 3-1 in a best of five match.
Lauryn Driscoll led the Eagles with 16 kills in the four games, while Julia Holden and Taylor Braunagel added 14 kills each for the team win.
Holden also recorded two aces and three blocks on the road.
Braunagel was second on the team across the four games with 17 digs, only trailing Catherine Ferragonio with 26.
The next and most recent set was not as good for Clarion, as it was one of the worst results of the season.
One day after the 3-1 win, the Golden Eagles traveled to East Stroudsburg University to face the Warriors, and for just the fourth time in 2017, the team suffered a loss.
Also, for the third time in those four losses, Clarion did not win a single game.
One would have to look back to early September to find the last time the Golden Eagles did not win, Sept. 8 to be exact.
Even though a 3-0 loss may look bad for a team coming in at 10-3, the record shows Clarion is a tough team to beat in a best of five match.
In the Saturday afternoon match against the Warriors, Clarion played three close games for a small crowd of 110 people.
The biggest loss was in game one, ending with the score of 25-17, then each game afterwards grew closer and closer.
Game two cut the small deficit in half, setting up a well-played, hard-fought finale, as Clarion lost 25-21.
The Saturday afternoon finale of the three-game match was incredible.
When two conference teams with good records such as these collide throughout the season, one would have to expect a very competitive game.
Clarion fought hard to try to force a game four, but were just outplayed by an 8-3 opponent, ending in a final score of 26-24.
With this completed set, the Golden Eagles fell to their 10-4 mark, 1-1 in PSAC, and Stroudsburg jumped to 9-3, also 1-1 in conference competition.
The next game will come back to Clarion on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. against West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
The Eagles hope to put the last set behind them and continue winning at home.