-Score: Clark University 3, Mount Holyoke College 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-22)
-Records: Clark (14-9, NEWMAC 5-4), Mount Holyoke (8-10, NEWMAC 1-7)
-Location: South Hadley, Mass. (Mildred S. Howard Gymnasium)
-The Lead: Clark University used 19 kills from senior captain and outside hitter Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) to lift the Cougars past Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Tuesday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The teams started out even in the first set before the Lyons went on a 5-0 run to go up 7-4 behind a kill and service ace from Sarah Caggiano (Leonardtown, Md.). The Cougars then battled to tie the game at 13-all, but surrender the lead once again after a kill from Joy Maran (Santa Fe., N.M.) (14-13).
-Clark gained momentum towards the end of the set, gaining a 20-17 lead, but Maran stopped the run with another kill to make it 20-18. A kill from Clark's Ramos ignited a 5-1 run for the Cougars to take the first set, 25-20.
-In the second set, the Lyons started out strong again with an 8-6 lead, powered by a trio of kills from Sasha Simine (Kitchener, Ont.). The Cougars then got hot with four straight points, including two consecutive service aces from Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) to take a 10-8 lead, but the Lyons tied it up at 10-all after an error from Clark. Out of a timeout, the Cougars went on a 5-1 run to go up 15-11 and never looked back. MHC came to within two, but two-straight kills from Ramos ended the set 25-16.
-In the final set, the Cougars kept their momentum going up by as much as six (20-14). MHC began to close the gap starting with a Maran kill and used three errors from Clark to culminate a 5-1 with run to cut the deficit to just two (21-19). The Cougars regrouped to go up by three, but errors plagued them as the Lyons brought the score to 23-22 in favor of Clark. A kill and an attack error to end the stanza gave the Clark the set and match win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-In addition to her 19 kills, Romos added 19 digs. Junior right side hitter Mercado also notched double-digit kills with 10 and also tallied eight digs. First year setter Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the leading helper in the match, totaling 35 assists and eight digs.
-For the Lyons, sophomore middle hitter Simine led the way with nine kills and three total blocks. Both outside hitter Maran and classmate Caggiano each had four kills, while also adding 15 and 10 digs, respectively. First year setter Brayden Walden (McKinney, Texas) led the squad with 17 assists.
-Clark returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Plymouth, N.H., for tri-match action against Western Connecticut State (2 p.m.) and the host Panthers (4p.m.). Mount Holyoke will also be in tri-match action on Saturday, hosting Baruch (10am) and Westfield State (2pm).