Cougars Comeback Falls Short In Final Game Of Trinity Invitational

Cougars Comeback Falls Short In Final Game Of Trinity Invitational

Release Courtesy of Trinity Invitational

Hartford, Conn. - The Bantam pulled out a gutsy, 3-2 win over Clark University at the Trinity Volleyball Invitational at Oosting Gymnasium on Saturday. The Bantams improved to 2-1 while the Cougars evened their record at 3-3.

Trinity climbed to an early lead and held on to win the first set comfortably, 25-15. The Bantams followed that up with a 25-19 victory in set two before Clark came back to make things interesting in sets three and four. Both teams traded punches in the third set but the Cougars grinded out a 26-24 victory to stay alive. Another close set won by Clark in the fourth pushed the game to a deciding fifth set which the Bantams won, 15-13, in a back-and-forth affair.

Four Trinity players finished with double-digit kills in game one, led by sophomore Colette Scheffers (Flossmoor, Ill.) who tallied a game-high 19. Junior co-captain Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) fnished with 18 while senior co-captain Claudia Varner (Port Washington, N.Y.) and junior Hanna Engstrom (Hopkinton, Mass.) combined for 24. Varner and Scheffers also each had three aces as well. Trinity first-year Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) was steady once again at the setter position, leading all players with 54 assists. Clark was paced by the trio of Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.). Mercado led the way with 19 kills while Ramos and Jimenez-Maldonado each had 14. 

The Cougars are back in action in their NEWMAC season opener against Coast Guard on Tuesday, September 12. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Kneller Athletic Center.

MATCH SCORES

Friday
Clark University 3, Westfield State 1
(25-16, 25-13, 26-28, 25-21)
Eastern Connecticut State 3, Trinity 2
(25-16, 20-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11)

Saturday
Eastern Connecticut State 3, Clark University 2
(21-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-9)

Trinity 3, Clark 2
(25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 15-13)

Westfield State 3, Eastern Connecticut State 0
(25-23, 25-16, 25-17)

Trinity 3, Westfield State 0
(25-17, 27-17, 25-21)