Babson 3, Clark 0
In their second NEWMAC contest this season Clark fell to #21 Babson College in three sets. The Cougars were led by junior Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) with 16 assists and sophomore Marimo Oka (Fukuoka, Japan) with 16 digs.
In the first set, the Cougars started off strong and stayed even with the Beavers until they went on a six-point streak to bring the score to 13-5. Clark fought throughout the set and even went on some small point runs themselves, but they were not able to come back in time and ended the set 25-16. The Cougars came back in the second set ready to play but saw a similar fate when the Beavers got up early and held their lead. The Cougars offensive saw a great deal action in this set with 12 kills. The Cougars fell early in the third set as well with few opportunities to regain the lead with the Beavers holding them to 12 points.
Kean 3, Clark 1
In the first set, the teams went back and forth for control until the Kean Cougars went on a 7-point streak to bring the score to 14-20. With a kill from Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) the Cougars were able to gain possession, but it was quickly overturned by Kean and they would take the rest of the points in the match which ended 25-15. Learning from their mistakes, the Clark Cougars took the second set 25-21. The set saw kills from, Rivera, Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury, MA) and Kacey Legare (Chicopee, Mass.). It ended with a service ace from junior Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.). The third set was a fight. Kean was able to take a small lead, but Clark came back to tie 11-11. The set would then see small leads by both teams until Kean was able to go up 27-25. The fourth set resembled the first with Kean pulling ahead early and Clark fighting to come back. They made it to 12-17 when Kean took service possession and kept it until they hit 25. The set ended 25-12.
The Cougars will see NEWMAC action again on Tuesday, September 24 when they head to Springfield College for 7 PM.