CLARK CLAIMS WORCESTER CITY VB TOURNAMENT TITLE WITH 3-1 WIN OVER WPI
After dropping the first set of title match, the Clark University volleyball team rallied to win the last three sets over WPI and take home the Worcester City Volleyball Tournament crown. The Cougars prevailed 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20) to improve to 3-0 on the year. The Engineers dropped their first set, falling to 2-1.
Recording her second double-double of the day was Clark outside hitter Marina Ramos as she posted tournament-highs of 19 kills and 26 digs. Teammate Shannon Glass-Smythe also had a double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs. Setter Rachel Webb recorded 46 digs while libero Mia Cattaneo added 23 digs.
Producing a double-double for the Engineers was freshman outside hitter Casey Hunt with 10 kills and 14 digs. Junior libero Cassandra Tomerlin notched 20 digs and a match-high seven aces.
WPI's Azita Bakhtyari broke open an 18-15 first set with four-straight service points to seal the win in the opening stanza. In the second set, the Engineers pulled to within one, 22-21, but committed two errors in the final two points to even the match at one set a piece.
The Cougars had an early 10-5 lead in the third frame, but WPI chipped away to pull within one, 16-15. After a WPI error, Glass-Smythe served three-straight points to put the set away. In the fourth and deciding set, Clark used a 7-0 run that included three Glass-Smythe kills to take the lead and never look back. WPI got within three, 20-17, but couldn't close as the Cougers sealed the championship.
WSU DEFEATS BECKER 3-0 IN CITY VB TOURNAMENT CONSOLATION GAME
After dropping their first match of the day, Worcester State University came back to defeat the host Becker College Hawks, 3-0, in the consolation game of the Worcester City Volleyball Tournament. After a close first set, the Lancers prevailed 25-22, 25-10, 25-12. WSU improved to 2-1 on the year while Becker dropped to 1-3.
Junior Jaminka Townsend sparked the Lancers with four kills, a match-high 13 assists and nine digs. Freshman Caleigh Davis added six kills and four aces. As a team, WSU had 18 aces. Freshman Elexi Miskiv led the way defensively with 11 digs.
The Lancers battled back from deficits of 15-3 and 20-14 to win the first set. Townsend served six straight points to tie the set at 20-20. Becker reclaimed the lead, 22-20, but committed four errors in five points to give WSU the set.
WPI TOPS BECKER 3-0 IN FIRST MATCH OF WORCESTER CITY VB TOURNAMENT
Strong serving by visiting WPI kept the host Becker College Hawks out of system and helped the Engineers to a 3-0 victory during the first match of the Worcester City Volleyball Tournament. WPI prevailed 25-13, 25-18, 25-13. The Engineers improved to 2-0 on the year while Becker dropped to 1-2.
Juniors Sam Bircsak and Brianna Parent led a WPI balanced attack with six kills each. WPI outhit Becker .411-to-.038. The Hawks were led by senior Samantha Caouette with five kills. Becker setter Charlene Landry had a match-high 13 assists while tying freshman Brittany Bullis with eight digs.
The second set was the closest of the three stanzas as Becker used four-straight points from Cheyenne Melanson during a 5-1 run to claim an 18-14 advantage. Unfortunately for the hosts, freshman Azita Bakhtyari served 10 straight points to end the set.
CLARK OPENS WORCESTER V B TOURNAMENT WITH 3-1 WIN OVER WSU
Clark University punched its ticket to the finals of the Worcester City Volleyball Tournament by taking down Worcester State University, 3-1. The Cougars dropped the third set before prevailing 25-12, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16.
Clark got a great all-around performance from sophomore Marina Ramos as she produced a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs. Rookie Ana Mercado led all players with match-highs of 17 kills and six aces. Setter Rachel Webb led the way with 41 assists while libero Mia Cattaneo produced 25 digs.
Defense was the key as Clark held Worcester State to a .025 hitting percentage thanks to 89 digs.
A five-point service run by Webb put away the first set for the Cougars. Clark held a slim 18-15 lead in the second set, but closed on a 7-3 run to win the set. After WSU fought back to win the third set, Clark put the fourth set and the match away with an early 11-3 run.
Worcester City Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Jaminka Townsend, Worcester State
Samantha Cauette, Becker
Brook Klepper, WPI
Cassandra Tomerlin, WPI
Marina Ramos, Clark
Rachel Webb, Clark
MVP: Ana Mercado