-Score: Tufts University 3, Clark University 1
-Records: Clark (2-1), Tufts (1-0)
-Location: Medford, Mass. (Cousens Gym)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's volleyball team fell to the Jumbos of Tufts University on Tuesday evening (25-16, 19-25, 25-16, 25-17). Behind 13 kills from senior Mackenzie Bright, the Tufts volleyball team opened up their 2018 campaign with the 3-1 win over the Cougars.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cougars jumped out to an early lead in the first set, but the Jumbos fought back with six straight points behind the serve of freshman Cate Desler (Hillsborough, Calif.) to tie the match at seven and then take a 10-7 lead. The Cougars broke up the scoring streak with a kill from Corina Picon (Irvington, N.Y.), but the Jumbos held on to the lead and picked up the 25-16 win in set one.
-Once again the Cougars jumped out to an early lead in the second set. Tufts came within one point 13-12, but the Cougars held on to the lead and picked up a 25-19 win in set two to even the match at one.
-The two teams traded points to open up the third set. With things locked at five the Jumbos got a kills from junior captain Maddie Stewart (Menlo Park, Calif.) and classmate Christina Nwankpa (Round Rock, Texas) to take the lead. They held on to that lead for a 25-16 win in set three.
-In set four the Jumbos took an early lead again, and they were able to hold on to that lead for the duration of the set, winning 25-17, to pick up the 3-1 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Senior Ana Patricia Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) finished with 18 kills and six digs for the Cougars. Freshman Caitlin Leggett (Durham, N.C.) helped with seven kills and sophomore Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) turned in four of her own. Senior Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) led the defensive efforts with 17 digs while first year Ashley Kim (Irvine, Calif.) added eight and Leggett finished with seven. Torino and freshman Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) took care of the settings for the Cougars, finishing with 17 and 11 assists, respectively.
-Mackenzie Bright (Duxbury, Mass.) was the offensive leader for the Jumbos with 13 kills and only three errors for a .400 hitting percentage. Junior Brigid Bell (Granite Bay, Calif.) finished with ten kills and 12 digs and classmate Heather Holz (Palatine, Ill.) added ten kills. Nwankpa tallied nine kills and four blocks for Tufts. Freshman Ariel Zedric (Peoria, Ill.) and junior Rachel Furash (Westlake Village, Calif.) ran the offense for Tufts, finishing with 27 and 22 assists respectively.
-Clark will take the court again on Friday when they face off with Westfield State at 5 p.m. at the Trinity College Tournament.
-The Jumbos head to Emory this weekend for the Emory National Tournament and they take on Oglethorpe in their first game on Friday at 11:30 a.m.