SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Clark University volleyball earned its first victory of the season in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) at Howard Gymnasium on Tuesday as Sophia Torino delivered a season-high 52 assists to help the Cougars to a 3-1 victory against Mount Holyoke.
Score: Cougars 3, Lyons 1 (28-30, 25-20, 30-28, 25-21)
Records: Clark University (8-17, 1-7 NEWMAC) | Mount Holyoke (5-17, 0-8 NEWMAC)
How it Happened
Torino contributed assists on 52 of the team's 61 during the game, leading the charge for the four-set road triumph. It marked the third time in her career that she surpassed 50 assists in a single match.
First-year Claudia Rivera (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) continued her string of solid performances, upping her career-high from three days ago as the outside hitter tallied a match-high 31 kills. Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury, Mass.) aided the attack for the Cougars with 14 kills of her own while Marimo Oka (Fukuoka, Japan) came away with a match-high 29 digs.
The Cougars battled in the opening frame with Rivera and Gill combining for 13 kills before the Lyons earned a 30-28 set win. Clark gathered momentum in the second set as Rivera led the way with eight kills during a 25-20 victory. Gill and Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) balanced the attack with three and two kills respectively.
Mount Holyoke gained an early 8-4 lead in the third set of the match as the Cougars were forced to play from behind for much of it. With a 20-16 deficit, Clark clawed its way back as kills from Perez-Maza and Gill highlighted a stretch of seven straight points. The team never trailed again during the set but were pushed by the Lyons who knotted the score twice before Rivera slammed a pair of consecutive kills for a 30-28 set win.
Clark opened up the fourth set strong as the team took an early 5-0 lead to set the tone for the eventual match-sealing push. Torino delivered two of her three aces of the set during that time, with the efforts at the service line amounting to five in total for the Cougars. Torino and Rivera remained in sync throughout the set with the duo connecting on eight kills down the stretch to pave way for a 25-21 score and match victory.
Clark University will travel to Western New England on October 24 for a 7:00 pm non-conference tilt.