WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University volleyball team notched its fourth straight victory on Saturday afternoon as the Cougars topped Worcester State University, 3-1, in a non-conference affair at the Kneller Athletic Center.
Score: Cougars 3, Lancers 1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-16, 25-11)
Records: Clark University (10-17) | Worcester State (7-17)
How it Happened
The Cougars continued their recent winning ways with the team picking up its fifth win in the last six contests, notching the 10th victory of the 2019-20 campaign in the process. The four-game winning streak marks the longest of the season for the team.
Junior setter Sophia Torino (Los Angles, Calif.) compiled a match-high 36 assists while first-year Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pummeled 17 kills to lead all players. Sophomore Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) supported the offensive attack with 13 kills and classmate Mackenzie Hanna (Lamoine, Maine) contributed seven of her own.
The teams started the action closely-matched with the Lancers knotting the score midway through the opening frame at 12-12 following a streak of five straight points. From there, the Cougars established control as the team won 13 of the next 15 points to pave way for the 25-14 set win as Gill and Hanna combined for three kills to aid the rally.
Worcester State had its best effort of the day in the second set, opening up a 20-10 lead at one point. But the Cougars pushed the Lancers late, stringing together another long run as Gill ripped off three kills to help the team on an 8-1 stretch to make the score 21-18. Worcester State would recover to hold on to a 25-20 set win.
The Cougars rebounded quickly with the host grabbing a 5-1 lead to start the third set. Later in the action, Clark opened up a 20-10 margin after winning four-straight points, including a kill each by Hanna and Gill. The host clumped points together down the remaining stretch before finishing off a 25-16 set win with a kill from Perez-Maza delivering the final blow.
Clark University maintained control in the eventual final set, storming to an early 9-2 lead after winning six straight points. Gill piloted the spurt, collecting three straight kills during the stretch, and the first-year stood in rhythm for six kills throughout. With a 21-10 lead, the Cougars made their final push with three straight points before Gill found the floor on the last to seal the match.
Sophomore Marimo Oka (Fukuoka, Japan) finished with a match-high 19 digs while Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) tallied five kills. Outside of her passing duties, Torino contributed four kills as the Cougars had six different players with at least one in the victory.
The Cougars host their final home match of the 2019 season on October 29 when New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe WPI comes to the Kneller Center for a 7:00 pm matchup.