VB: Cougars Downed by No. 14 Tufts

Photo: Katie Morrison
Photo: Katie Morrison

WORCESTER, Mass. –Clark University women's volleyball dropped a non-conference affair with no. 14 Tufts University, 3-0, at the Kneller Athletic Center on Friday night.

The Basics

Score: Jumbos 3, Cougars 0 (25-14. 25-12, 25-16)

Records: Clark University (5-15) | Tufts University (15-0)

How it Happened

Sophomore setter Mackenzie Hanna (Lamoine, ME.) recorded a career-high 12 assists for the Cougars while first-year Claudia Rivera (Guaynabo, P.R.) tallied nine kills. Tufts' Jennelle Yarwood paced a balanced attack from the Jumbos with a game-high 11 kills.

The Jumbos opened the match by rallying for a 6-0 lead with Maddie Stewart chipping in for a pair of kills during the stretch. Rivera went onto put the Cougars on the board, striking for her first of four kills in the opening set. Clark fell by a score of 25-14 to start the match.

Tufts started the second set with yet another 6-0 run to establish control. Rivera, off a feed from Hanna, would again place a kill for the Cougars first point of the frame, but the Jumbos were able to extend the lead 18-5 following three streaks of three straight points or more.

Clark had its best rally of the game during the middle set, as the Cougars put four straight points on the board with two coming off the right-arm swing of Rivera. The host was able to shrink the gap, 20-11, but Tufts pulled away by winning five of six points for the 25-12 set win.

The dynamic attack from no. 14 Tufts, who saw 11 different players pick up a kill in the victory, proved to be a challenge throughout the night. Still, the Cougars showed their best effort in the final set, with Rivera delivering a kill early on to help the team grab a 2-1 lead.

Tufts strung points together to take grab a 21-9 margin in the set. Clark responded nicely as Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) and Paige Kacherian (Rowley, Mass.) recorded back-to-back kills to spark four-straight points for the host. The Cougars had another run in them before the end as Kacherian teamed up with Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, P.R.) for kills to support a 3-0 streak, but the Jumbos held onto the 25-16 set win to seal the match.

Up Next

Clark University returns to action in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) when it welcomes the Engineers of MIT for a 6:00 pm match on Tuesday, October 15.