Regionally-Ranked City and Conference Foe Clark Cruises Past Volleyball on Pink Night

Regionally-Ranked City and Conference Foe Clark Cruises Past Volleyball on Pink Night

WORCESTER – Junior Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) notched a match-best 12 kills as Clark traveled down Park Ave. and earned a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-16) victory at WPI Tuesday night in Harrington Auditorium.

Clark, who is slotted eighth in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings, improves to 20-7 on the year and 6-3 in conference contests. WPI, meanwhile, dips to 20-8 and 4-5.

The first and third sets were all Clark while the middle frame was very entertaining. With the set tied 15-15, junior Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL), aided by back-to-back kills by sophomore Casey Hunt (Granby, CT), served up five points to give the hosts the 20-15 lead. Clark and Ramos then swung the momentum back and rattled off 10 of the last 13 points in the stanza.

The opener saw the Cougars build an 11-3 advantage and, despite small runs by WPI, never looked back. Clark led by 10 (23-13) late in the third before the two sides traded points until a serving miscue concluded the set and match.

Junior Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, CA) registered eight kills and six digs to go with 16 digs by senior Mia Cattaneo (Santa Barbara, CA). Sophomore Rachel Webb (Celina, TX) earned match-high honors with 28 assists and senior Courtney Pharr (Seattle, WA) served up four of the Cougars nine aces and tallied four block assists.

Junior Kat Hurlock (Burlington, CT) totaled eight swipes and Hunt added six. Senior Shay Feeley (Franklin, MA) led the Engineers with 19 assists, and along with sophomore Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA), accounted for 26 of the 27 helpers. Hunt also chipped in with 11 digs as senior Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) came up with nine. Klepper accumulated a block and four block assists.

The match was the teams annual pink game which raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

The Engineers entertain Lasell Thursday night at 7pm while the Cougars wrap up the regular season hosting Emerson Saturday at 1pm.