CUP Sports Roundup: Volleyball Falls to Gannon; Arnold Advanced at PSAC’s; Softball Honored

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion volleyball team dropped it’s first home conference match of the season Friday night, falling to the Gannon Golden Knights by a score of 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 26-24, 25-17) in a PSAC match at Tippin Gymnasium.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University)

Clarion (9-8, 3-2 PSAC) will return to action Saturday, October 8th as they play host to Mercyhurst.

Taylor Braunagel led the Golden Eagles with a team-high 16 kills on 52 swings, committing five errors for a .212 hitting percentage. Sophomore Lauryn Driscollalso recorded double-digit kills with 11, while Marissa Robertson and Catherine Ferragonio combined for 37 digs on the night.

The Eagles found themselves down 2-0, but fought their way back to win a tightly contested third set by a score of 26-24 thanks to a pair of big kills from Driscoll and Olivia Olson late in the frame to put Clarion within striking distance.

The Golden Eagles came out firing in set four, racing out to a 5-1 lead early, thanks in part to a trio of attack errors by Gannon as well as a pair of big kills from Braunagel and Olson. The Golden Knights clawed back to within a point midway through the fourth set, with both teams trading off kills back and forth until the squads found each other tied at 12 points a piece.

Robertson’s five digs were instrumental in keeping Clarion right in the thick of things, as the Eagles rallied to within one point three separate times in the final half of the frame. However Gannon would pull ahead to edge the Golden Eagles 25-17 in the fourth set, giving them a 3-1 victory.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Arnold Moves On at PSAC’s

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Alivia Arnold advanced to the round of 16 in singles action at the 2016 PSAC Tennis Championships, capping a successful day on the courts at Bloomsburg on Friday. Arnold will continue on in singles action tomorrow.

Arnold won her first round singles matchup against Kim Theophile of Millersville, winning in straight sets to advance in the bracket. She took the first set handily by a 6-2 score before shutting Theophile out in the second, winning six games to none to seal the victory. Arnold will face Carla Corrachano Moracho of Slippery Rock in her next match-up.

Arnold and Maria Snyder were knocked out of the doubles bracket with a first round loss to Jasi Witherspoon and Katie Olsen of California (Pa.). Snyder also fell in singles action, dropping a straight sets decision to Veronica Mikulis of California (Pa.).

Alivia Arnold (CLAR) def. Kim Theophile (MIL) 6-2, 6-0
Veronica Mikulis (CAL) def. Maria Snyder (CLAR) 6-0, 6-0

Witherspoon/Olsen (CAL) def. Arnold/Snyder (CLAR) 8-1

SOFTBALL: Eight Golden Eagles Garner Academic Honor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eight members of the Clarion softball team were recognized for their academic achievements by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), with the group earning Easton / NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors.

The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. Student-Athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher were all recognized on the list. Overall, 963 Division II athletes met the criteria for Scholar-Athlete honors.

The Golden Eagles were represented by eight players on this year’s list:

Paige Baker
Ashley Barenchick
Kiersten Gromley
Rachel Hoffman
Tierra Shope
Kira Smith
Christina Tressler
Casey Wilcox

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