Joseph Lillard / Staff Writer
The Golden Eagles volleyball team started a new win streak in an emphatic way.
Clarion notched wins 11 and 12 on the season to greet its home openers, dropping one of the seven total sets.
On Friday, Sept. 29, the Eagles hosted West Chester.
The energetic, close match started out with an Eagle win, 25-23.
West Chester squeaked out game two by a score of 25-23, and Clarion shut the door with back-to-back wins of scores 25-22 and 25-23, respectively.
Julia Holden posted a set high 23 kills for the Golden Eagles, along with four aces and three blocks.
Taylor Braunagel contributed 12 kills, complimented by 17 digs.
Lauryn Driscoll slammed 12 kills in the books as well.
The Golden Eagles were certainly fun to watch, and both teams seemed more alert than a deer in autumn.
Braunagel said on Clarion’s performance, “I was very proud of the way our team played. We worked really hard in practice all week on different strategies to use against West Chester and we properly translated those skills into an actual match. We worked together very well and kept a central focus on our training!”
After such a tough battle, Cheyney posed very little contest.
Coming into Clarion with an 0-8 record, Cheyney certainly had its work cut out for it.
The Golden Eagles conquered its opponent with ease, 25-8, 25-8 and 25-12.
Jessica Samuel collected 13 kills for a balanced Eagles attack along with 2 blocks.
She also chipped in two of Clarion’s 12 aces.
Shelby Coughenour paced the match with four aces.
Kara Coffman added three aces of her own.
Clarion held its opponents to zero aces.
Cheyney proved just how well rounded Clarion could be.
The Golden Eagles used a slightly different rotation on Saturday, and it spoke volumes to how deep this team is.
It displayed how connected and confident each team member is in one another.
Braunagel said, “As a collective team, we try not to focus much on who is on the court, rather we look to support whoever is out there to the best of our ability through positive feedback and lots of cheering. Regardless of who is playing in the match, we choose to have the same respect and compete with the same intensity that our team carries within our culture.”
Clarion takes on conference rivals Mercyhurst and Gannon University on Oct. 6 and 7 in Erie for their next matchups.
The next home event comes against IUP on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
In the words of Braunagel, “If we continue with the same intensity, focus and grit, I believe we will compete to our full potential and come away successful!”