Worcester, Mass. --(Clark Athletic Commnunications) Andrea Mullaney (New Canaan, Conn.) led a balanced offensive attack with 12 kills and visiting Connecticut College posted a 3-0 win over Clark University in non-league women's volleyball action on Thursday evening. Game scores were 25-22, 25-20, 25-19.
The win for the Camels (6-7) is their sixth in their last eight contests after opening the season with five straight losses. For the Cougars, meanwhile, the loss is their fourth in a row and drops their overall record to 6-10.
Things were neck and neck in the first set and after Alex McDevitt (Medfield, Mass.) hammered down a kill, the game was knotted at 20-20.
Even after Connecticut College went ahead 22-20 after an Ella Johnson (Seal Beach, Calif.) service ace, Clark battled back and took a 23-22 lead on a Tori Whitney (Sunderland, Mass.) ace.
The Camels then ran off three straight points on a pair of kills from McDevitt and a game-ending bomb from Mullaney.
Set two was pretty similar to the opener as the teams were tied at 18-18 when Hannah Fox (Dracut, Mass.) banged home a kill. Connecticut College then went ahead 22-19, highlighted by a pair of service aces by Emily Arterbury (Austin, Texas). After the Cougars got within two, the Camels again collected the final three points to earn the win as Mullaney and Gabi Taylor (Austin, Texas) registered kills.
Connecticut College built an 18-14 lead in the third set and then saw it balloon to 22-14 following another service ace from Arterbury.
The Scarlet and White trimmed their deficit down to 23-19 but kills from Mullaney and Ashley Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.) ended the match.
In addition to Mullaney, the visitors got 23 assists from Arterbury and 12 more from Katia Elisman (Lake Forest, Ill.). Taylor chipped in with nine kills and Johnson added eight of her own. Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) racked up 14 digs and Caroline Branigan (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) finished with a team-best 17.
Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) was the lone Cougar to reach double figure kills with 13 to go along with 11 digs. Mia Cattaneo (Santa Barbara, Calif.) tallied a match-high 26 digs – her tenth career contest with 20 digs or more – and Shannon Glass-Smythe (Albuquerque, N.M.) provided six kills and eight digs.
The Camels return to action on Saturday with a NESCAC road contest at Bates.