CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion volleyball team rolled their way to their second straight PSAC victory, defeating Cheyney 3-0 (25-8, 25-8, 25-12) in Tippin Gymnasium on Saturday. The Golden Eagles (12-4, 3-1 PSAC) will play a non-conference match at Juniata this week before heading on the road for conference action later in the week.
Jessica Samuels recorded a match- and career-high 13 kills against the Wolves, while hitting .688 with just two errors on 16 swings. Clarion was offensively efficient as a team, hitting .278 and committing just 17 errors on 79 attempts. Shelby Coughenour and Sarah Boodjeh added six kills apiece.
The serve was a dangerous weapon for the Golden Eagles as well, with Clarion totaling 12 aces against Cheyney. Coughenour added four aces while libero Kara Coffman notched three of her own.
The first big run of the day came in the first set, when Clarion took a 7-4 lead and watched it balloon into a 25-8 victory. Coughenour helped Clarion win the race to 10 points with a kill, and a block by Samuels and Olivia Olson turned it into a 14-5 advantage. Coffman very nearly served out the set for Clarion after Samuels notched a kill to make it 17-6, leading them on an 8-0 run that forced set point at 24-6. Included in that rally were four kills by Samuels, two aces, and a final kill by Coughenour to cap it. The Golden Eagles took the set on a service error by Cheyney.
The second set started much closer, with Clarion holding just a 9-8 lead early on before taking control. After Samuels posted a kill to make it 10-8, Boodjeh stepped to the service line and ran the table the rest of the way, leading the Golden Eagles to a 16-0 run to close out the second set. Samuels notched back-to-back kills to force set point, and Boodjeh recorded her second ace of the rally to take the game 25-8.
The Golden Eagles opened the third set on a 12-3 run, and the advantage stretched to 18-8 after a kill from Boodjeh. She made it 20-10 a few points later with a kill, and Shelby Coughenour forced match point with an ace that glanced off Tylisha Ramos-Devine. Christina Cotton finished off the match with a kill, taking a set from Julia Zimmer and burying it for the win.