Haverford, Pa. – The Clark University volleyball team was two points away from a second day sweep at the Haverford Invitational, instead the Cougars settled for a split on Sunday at Gooding Arena.
Score Game 1: University of Mary Washington 3, Clark University 2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 13-15)
Score Game 2: Clark University 3, Marymount 1
Records: Clark 3-2, University of Mary Washington 5-0, Marymount 2-2
Location: Gooding Arena
How It Happened:
Ahead two sets to one in their opening match on Sunday against a Mary Washington team that is receiving votes in the most recent AVCA national poll, the Cougars couldn't hang on and fell in five sets to the Eagles.
Clark rebounded in the nightcap, rolling to an easy 3-1 win over Marymount to finish an extremely competitive tournament 2-2.
Against the Saints in the opener, the Cougars had five players reach eight kills led by Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), who finished with a team-best 13 and Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), who chipped in with ten.
In the win over the Eagles, it was Mercado (12 kills) and Jackie Jiminez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.) that led the way offensively, combining for 23 kills.
Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) handed out 36 assists in the nightcap, giving her 80 on the day after her 44 in the opening match.
Ramos and Cattaneo were both named to the All-Tournament team, but Webb deserved some credit too for handing out 128 assists in the four matches, pushing her career total past the 1,000 assist plateau four matches into her sophomore campaign.
Mercado was a consistent offensive presence throughout the weekend, finishing with double figure kills in three of the four matches, including a team-best 12 in the win over Marymount.
News & Notes:
The Cougars remain in a stretch of contests where they will play 11 of their first 13 matches away from the Kneller Athletic Center.
Sunday's win over Marymount marked the third straight contest in which the Cougars had more than ten service aces. Courtney Pharr (Seattle, Wash.) had six of the team's season-high 14 in the tournament finale, pushing her career total to 125 – good for sole possession of sixth on the school's all-time list.
The Scarlet and White are off until Wednesday when they travel to Tufts for a meeting with the Jumbos. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.