Volleyball Sweeps Another Home Tri-Match

Volleyball Sweeps Another Home Tri-Match

Worcester, Mass. – On a day where the program celebrated 40 seasons of existence, the Clark University volleyball team picked up a pair of wins, sweeping a home tri-match for the second consecutive Saturday.

The stands were filled with alums and their families and a special luncheon was held to commemorate a program that picked up the first two wins in program history almost exactly 40 years ago to the day when they too swept a tri-match on September 28, 1976.

Game 1 Information
Clark University 3, Mount Holyoke 0
Records: Clark University 11-6, 3-2 NEWMAC; Mount Holyoke 2-9, 0-6 NEWMAC
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
Clark rolled to a 3-0 win in the first match of the day, topping the Lyons in a league matchup. The Cougars won by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-17 to extend their winning streak over Mount Holyoke to 12 straight dating back to the 2005 season.

The Scarlet and White's offense was clicking on all cylinders for much of the morning as they hit a season-best .288.

Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led the offense with 16 kills while adding 16 digs and Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.) hit an impressive .450 on her way to 11 kills – her fifth match this season reaching double figure kills.

In addition to Ramos and Jimenez-Maldonado, Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) collected nine kills of her own and Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) dished out 28 assists.

The exciting duo of Jamesa Allen (Orlando, Fla.) and Sasha Simine (Kitchner, Ontario) paced the action for the visitors, with Allen totaling a team-best eight kills and Simine registering five kills on .400 hitting.

Game 2 Information
Clark University 3, Rhode Island College 0
Records: Clark University 12-6; Rhode Island College 7-7
Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
The Scarlet and White continued their hot hitting on the afternoon as they posted a 25-11, 25-18, 31-29 non-conference win over Rhode Island College.

Clark had little trouble in the first two sets but the Anchormen refused to go away in the third, and had a chance to force a fourth set when they went ahead 29-28 on a Courtney Lambrese kill.

The Cougars, however, went on to collect the final three points that included a Ramos kill and a match-sealing block from Tori Whitney (Sunderland, Mass.) and Courtney Pharr (Seattle, Wash.).

Clark's offense was incredibly balanced with Ramos (14), Jimenez-Maldonado (13) and Mercado (12) all finishing with double figure kill totals.

Whitney (19) and Webb (32) combined to dole out 51 assists and Mia Cattaneo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) posted a match-best 20 digs – her fifth time this season recording 20 digs or more.

RIC was led by Jillian Ward's 11 kills and nine more from Lambrese.

Coach Speak:
"I want to thank the alumni for coming back to support us on the 40th anniversary of volleyball at Clark," said head coach Mickey Cahoon. "They definitely had an impact on our play."

Up Next:
Clark is next in action on Tuesday when they visit NEWMAC rival Springfield College. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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