Leicester, MA --- After dropping the first set of title match, the Clark 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.
Clark 3, WPI 1 - Championship
Recording her second double-double of the day was Clark outside hitter Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) as she posted tournament-highs of 19 kills and 26 digs. Teammate Shannon Glass-Smythe (Albuquerque, NM) also had a double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs. Setter Rachel Webb (Celina, TX) recorded 46 digs while libero Mia Cattaneo (Santa Barbara, CA) added 23 digs.
Producing a double-double for the Engineers was freshman outside hitter Casey Hunt (Granby, CT) with 10 kills and 14 digs. Junior libero Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) notched 20 digs and a match-high seven aces.
WPI's Azita Bakhtyari (Andover, MA) 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.
WPI 3, Becker 0 - Semifinal
Strong serving by visiting WPI kept host Becker 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 (Acton, MA) and Brianna Parent (Epping, NH) led a WPI balanced attack with six kills each. WPI outhit Becker .411-to-.038. The Hawks were led by senior Samantha Caouette (Montague, MA) with five kills. Becker setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, ME) had a match-high 13 assists while tying freshman Brittney Bullis (Stafford, VA) with eight digs.
The second set was the closest of the three stanzas as Becker used four-straight points from Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, NH) during a 5-1 run to claim an 18-14 advantage. Unfortunately for the hosts, Bakhtyari served 10 straight points to end the set.
Worcester City Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Jaminka Townsend (Virginia Beach, VA), Worcester State
Samantha Cauette, Becker
Brooke Klepper (Miami Beach, FL), WPI
Cassandra Tomerlin, WPI
Marina Ramos, Clark
Rachel Webb, Clark
MVP: Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico)
Release Courtesy Becker Sports Information
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