VB: Cougars Hold Off Colby in 3-2 Battle

Photo: Frank Poulin
Photo: Frank Poulin

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Clark University first-year Claudia Rivera (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) tallied a match-high 17 kills to help boost the Cougars past Colby College, 3-2, in the first action of the weekend at the Amherst Hall of Fame Tournament.

The Basics

Score: Cougars 3, Mules 2 (19-25, 25-11, 11-25, 25-22, 15-11)

Records: Clark University (6-16) | Colby College (5-15)

How it Happened

The two teams battled throughout the non-conference showdown, opening up the match with a tightly contested 25-19 first set in favor of Colby. First-year Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury, Mass.) came out strong to lead the Cougars' early efforts, pummeling five of her nine kills of the night during the opening frame.

Clark rebounded well after falling behind 1-0 in the match as the Cougars were clicking from all spots on the floor en route to a 25-11 second set win. Rivera began to build momentum for herself, collecting two aces and a pair of kills to aid the effort. With a 9-7 advantage, Clark went on its largest streak of the night with six unanswered points, with the run being capped off by a kill from Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) and an ace by Gill.

Colby went onto win the third set to take advantage on the scoreboard, but again the Cougars had a response to stay alive. Rivera played a critical part, finding her groove in the fourth set for six kills to help hold off the Mules. With a 10-8 deficit, the Cougars shifted momentum in the match with Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) dishing seven assists down the stretch for a 25-22 set win.

Clark University remained in control in the final set of the night, taking a 7-3 lead early. Colby made a five-point unanswered run late in the set to erase a 13-7 deficit, but Rivera finished off her final two kills in quick succession to propel the Cougars to the match victory.

Up Next

The Cougars close out the Hall of Fame tournament with a doubleheader on Saturday as they will take on Amherst College and Gordon College at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm respectively.