Worcester, Mass. – Host Tufts University overcame a sluggish start to edge out Clark University, 3-1, in non-league volleyball action on Wednesday evening. The Jumbos won the hotly-contested affair by a combined eight points after hitting .222 in their first match of the season.
Score: Tufts University 3, Clark University 1 (25-21, 22-25, 26-28, 22-25)
Records: Clark University 3-3, Tufts University 1-0
Location: Cousens Gymnasium, Medford, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars raced out to a 1-0 lead after the first set as Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) handed out 13 assists in the 25-21 win.
Things changed as the Jumbos, playing in their first match of the season, found their rhythm and took the second set, 25-22. The third was a back and forth affair that saw Tufts hit a match-best .308, putting down 15 kills. For the Cougars, meanwhile, they also had 15 kills in the third but they committed a match-high ten errors.
The fourth set went to the hosts as they took a 9-9 tie and turned it into a 17-11 advantage. Clark rallied to eventually even the score at 22-22 following an Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) kill and a Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) service ace. Tufts went on to seal the match, however, as they ran off the final three points to end the match.
Ramos registered her fifth double-double in her six matches this season, finishing with match-highs of 15 kills and 22 digs.
Webb seems to be locked in as she was a season ago, dishing out 40 helpers to go along with nine digs. It marks her second contest this season with 40 assists or more and the 13th time she has reached that number in her career.
Savannah Sanford (San Anselmo, Calif.) collected 11 digs, three kills and three assists – already her fifth match this season with double digit digs – one shy of her total from last season.
What Else Happened:
The Jumbos were paced by both Elizabeth Aherns and Brigid Bell, each of whom finished with 13 kills, while Angela Yu passed out 24 assists.
The Cougars return to action on Friday when they take on Westfield State at the Trinity College Invitational. First serve is slated for 5:30 p.m.