-Score:Wheaton College 3, Clark University 1 (25-21, 26-24, 24-26, 27-25)
-Records: Wheaton College (24-8, 7-3 NEWMAC), Clark University (18-10, 6-4 NEWMAC)
-Location:Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's volleyball team fell in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Quarterfinals with the Lyons of Wheaton College on Tuesday night (3-1). The Cougars wrap up their season with an 18-10 overall record and 6-4 record in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Unlike their first meeting when the Cougars downed the Lyons 3-0, the rematch was a scrappy back and forth throughout all four sets with both sides holding and losing the momentum throughout.
-Wheaton took an early lead in the opening set but could never pull away from Clark. The Lyons, who never trailed in the set, found a way to keep the Cougars just far enough away to capture the win (25-21).
-The second set saw the score tied up seven times with neither team holding more than a three-point advantage. With the contest tied at 24-24, the Lyons ended the set on a Julia Palomba (San Carlos, Calif.) kill and Cathryn MacGregor (North Andover, Mass.) ace (26-24).
-Back-to-back kills from Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and a Lyon error put the Cougars ahead early in the third set, but Wheaton would fight back to take a 9-8 advantage. The two sides then went on to tie the game 13 times before kills from Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.) ended the game in Clark's favor (26-24).
-The Cougars carried the momentum into the fourth set, rushing out to a commanding 7-0 lead, just to watch it disappear with a 7-0 Wheaton run. As they did in the previous sets the two teams would fight for every point, tying the set seven times, before a Cougar error and a kill from Becca Houghton (Emmaus, Penn.) kill gave Wheaton enough for the victory (27-25).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Wheaton collects its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) playoff win since 1998 when the Lyons swept Smith College.
-The Lyons ended the game with a season-high 107 digs and 67 kills.
-Wheaton was paced by a match-high 15 kills from junior Claire Cansler (Newhall, Calif.), while Ramos led Clark with 13 kills.
-Houghton came up with a career-high 52 assists for Wheaton, while Clark's Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) ended the contest with a team-high 32 assists.
-Sophomore Nikita Selivan (Lexington, Mass.) led all players with seven blocks, while Casey Dinga (Windham, N.H.) and Cansler each finished with six for the Lyons.
-Stephanie Martin (Centerville, Mass.), MacGregor and Palomba all finished with 20+ digs for Wheaton.
-Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) led all players with 26 digs for the Cougars.
-Attacking percentage: Wheaton .180 - Clark .092
-Service aces: Wheaton 5 - Clark 6
-Digs: Wheaton 107 - Clark 81
-Block solos: Wheaton 2 - Clark 1
-Block assists: Wheaton 20 - Clark 8
-#4 Wheaton travel to #1 MIT on Saturday, Nov. 4 for a 1 p.m. NEWMAC Semifinal match. The Lyons fell to the Engineers, who are ranked 21st in the nation, 3-0 earlier in the season at Rockwell Cage.