Clark Splits Two Game Series with Warriors and Bantams in Trinity Tournament

Clark Splits Two Game Series with Warriors and Bantams in Trinity Tournament

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 3, Eastern Connecticut 0

-Score: Trinity College 3, Clark University 2

-Records: Clark (4-2), Eastern Connecticut (4-3), Trinity (2-1)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's volleyball team started the day with a 3-0 victory over the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State College (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) before falling to the Bantams of Trinity College in five sets in game two of the day (24-26, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 10-15).

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Clark 3, Eastern Connecticut 0

-The Warriors earned the first point of the game, but the Cougars responded with a pair of kills from Ana Patricia Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and a kill from freshman Caitlin Leggett (Durham, N.C.) to take a 3-1 lead that they never gave up in the first set.

-The Warriors tied the game at four with a service ace from Madison Bell (Salem, Conn.), but a five-point rally from the Cougars gave them a 9-4 go-ahead. Mercado recorded two aces in the rally while Maddy Chuma (Westborough, Mass.) and Corina Picon (Irvington, N.Y.) each added kills.

-Eastern Connecticut came back within one (9-8) when Abby Stern (Manchester, Conn.) earned a kill, but that was as close as they would come. The Cougars went on to take the 25-13 victory in set one.

-After the Warriors took a 5-2 lead at the start of set two, Clark responded with an 11-point rally to take a 13-5 lead. Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) added four aces in the rally. The Cougars allowed Eastern Connecticut to score just seven more points in the set as they went on to earn the 25-12 victory in set two.

-A 25-15 victory in set three sealed the deal for Clark as they took home the 3-0 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Clark was led by senior Mercado who posted 14 kills and two service aces in the victory. Picon followed Mercado with 11 kills, an ace, and six digs. Senior Rayme Quiban (Seattle, Wash.) recorded 14 digs and first year Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) chipped in with a team high 18 assists. Webb added four aces and 12 assists in the victory.

-Anna Barry (Andover, Conn.) led the Warriors with 10 kills and Mackenzie Maneggla (Andover, Conn.) added 14 assists. Bell tallied a game high 15 digs.

Game Two: Trinity 3, Clark 2

-Clark fell to the Bantams in five sets in their second game of the day. The Cougars hopped out to a 7-3 lead early in the first set. Trinity tied the set at 8-8 on a kill from freshman Alexandra Kelly (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). The set saw six more ties before sophomore Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) knocked in an ace for the 26-24 victory.

-Perez-Maza tied the second set at 4-4 with a kill that was assisted by Webb. A five-point rally from Trinity put them ahead 9-4 but was broken up when an error and a kill from Leggett put the Cougars within three (6-9). The set tied again at 11-11 when Perez-Maza earned an ace and an error on the Bantams gave Clark their first lead of the set. Junior Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) posted back to back kills to give Trinity the 17-15 advantage and Becky Chu (Old Tappan, N.J.) posted an ace as they went ahead by three (18-15). The Cougars fought back hard, but the Bantams secured the 25-21 victory to go ahead 2-0.

-Clark forced a fourth set with a 25-21 victory in the third set. The set saw six ties before the Cougars were able to take a four point lead (13-9). Trinity never regained the lead as the Cougars took the final 25-21 victory in set three.

-Set four was a Clark victory as well. First year Marimo Oka (Fukuoka, Japan) started things off with an ace and a five-point rally that included two kills from Picon gave the Cougars a 9-2 lead. Trinity crept back in when kills from Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) and Scheffers brought them back within three (10-7).

-Another five-point rally extended Clark's lead to 15-7 and Picon recorded two aces. Trinity tied the set at 20-20 on an ace from Underwood. A kill from Perez-Maza tied it again at 22 apiece and a kill from Mercado sealed the deal for the Cougars to take the 25-23 victory and force a fifth set as the game was tied at two apiece.

-The Cougars took an early 8-4 lead in the final set but a 6-point rally to end the set gave Trinity the 15-10 advantage and the final 3-2 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Mercado led the Cougars with 18 kills and Picon added 11 kills. Quiban posted 29 digs to go along with four aces. Perez-Maza chipped in with 31 assists.

-Scheffers led all players with 24 kills and Underwood added 20 kills. Yang added a game high 46 assists and Ali Odermann (Lenexa, Kansas) posted 32 digs.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m.