VB: Cougars Split Doubleheader Against Amherst, Gordon

Photo: Frank Poulin
Photo: Frank Poulin

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Clark University women's volleyball split a doubleheader at the Hall of Fame Tournament on Saturday, falling to Amherst in straight-sets before rebounding with a 3-1 victory against non-conference foe Gordon College at the Le Frank Gymnasium.

The Basics

Scores: Mammoths 3, Cougars 0 | Cougars 3, Fighting Scots 0

Records: Clark University (7-17) | Amherst College (16-3) | Gordon College (11-11)

How it Happened

Amherst 3, Clark 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-17)

The first-year tandem of Claudia Rivera (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury, Mass.) continued their impressive play as the duo combined for 18 kills in the opening match of the day. Junior Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished with a match-high 20 assists to facilitate the Cougars offense.

The Cougars came out strong to start the day as Gill found a groove, collecting five kills early on in the match. The Mammoths matched the intensity, however, as the duo of Emily Klosky and Jamie Dailey combined for 11 of the team's 19 kills during a 25-22 set win.

Clark University put together a steady second set as the team produced a .226 hitting percentage.  Rivera led the charge for the Cougars in the middle frame, finding the floor for six kills during the set while Torino dished out 13 of her assists during that time to spread out the attack. But Amherst again matched the Cougars, firing off a .355 hitting percentage for a 25-17 set win.

Amherst carried over its momentum into the final set of the match, taking an early 8-2 lead after a pair of kills from Klosky and Claire Dennis supported the run. The Mammoths strung together points down the stretch to pave way for another 25-17 set win and 3-0 match victory.

Clark 3, Gordon 1 (11-25, 25- 16, 25-21, 25-16)

Rivera slammed a match-high 24 kills to set a new career-high while Torino recorded a match-high 29 assists to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory against Gordon. Gill continued her quality play from the opening match as well, logging the second-highest kills in the match (12) while Marimo Oka (Fukuoka, Japan) was one off the match-high in digs with 19.

Gordon took a 25-11 win in the first set of the match, but the Cougars regrouped quickly for a 25-16 second set win. Rivera erupted during the set as the first-year found the floor for eight kills, including five during an eight-point unanswered streak to give the Cougars a 20-12 lead.

Rivera continued her strong effort in the third set of the match, collecting another five kills. Only this time, the precise passing of Torino allowed Gill to contribute four kills of her own as the Cougars grabbed a 2-1 lead in the match. With the score tied at 19-19, Clark pulled away with Gill sparking a clutch five-point run en route to a win in the closest set of the match, 25-21.

Clark stood in command to close out the match in the fourth set as Torino dished out ten assists for the second consecutive frame. The tandem of Rivera and Gill combined for nine kills during the final set. With a 20-14 advantage, the Cougars grabbed all five of their last points in the match via the kill with Rivera finding the floor four times for the 25-16 set win.

Up Next

Clark University remains on the road for its next match as it heads to Mount Holyoke on October 22 for a 7:00 pm matchup in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).