CUP Volleyball Falls at UPJ

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Clarion volleyball team saw its four-match win streak snapped on Saturday as the Golden Eagles fell 3-0 (22-25, 23-25, 19-25) to the Pitt-Johnstown Lady Cats on the road.

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Clarion (16-11, 10-5 PSAC) will host IUP on Tuesday in the team’s home finale.

Clarion hit just .120 against the Lady Cats but didn’t trail by great margins in any statistical categories, with Pitt-Johnstown coming through at important times to take the win. In each of the first two sets the Golden Eagles rallied back from late deficits but were unable to get over the hump against the Lady Cats.

Mackenzie Biggs had the team-high with 11 kills and also hit a highly efficient .308 on the afternoon, while Lauryn Driscoll recorded nine kills and hit .273. Catherine Ferragonio had a team-high 17 digs while Marissa Robertson and Leah Vensel each added 15 digs. Vensel also posted 33 assists for the double-double. Olivia Olson had 10 kills and four blocks.

In the first set, Pitt-Johnstown opened up a 23-18 lead but the Golden Eagles rallied and very nearly came back. Biggs notched a kill to make it 23-20, and added another two points later to cut it to 24-21. Driscoll bounced one on the next point to make it a two-point set but the Lady Cats held on the for first set win.

The Golden Eagles trailed by a 23-20 deficit in the second set before Taylor Braunagel cut the deficit to one point with a kill. Pitt-Johnstown made it 24-21 but Olson struck to make it a two-point game, and then teamed with Biggs to block Marissa Erminio and make it 24-23. Anna Johns delivered on the next point, though, notching a kill to end the set. The third set was much more academic, though, as the Lady Cats built and early lead and cruised on for the six-point win.

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