Parts of this recap courtesy of Clark Sports Information
WORCESTER, Mass. - Behind 15 kills from junior Mackenzie Bright the No. 24 Tufts women's volleyball team opened up their 2017 campaign on the road with a 3-0 win over Clark. The Jumbos raced out to early leads in all three games to sweep the Cougars (25-21, 25-11, 25-13).
|Freshman Jordan Kron finished with six kills in her collegiate debut|
The match featured two teams that reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016. The Cougars, who received an at-large bid and made their first NCAA appearance in the history of the program, fell in the regional semifinals. The Jumbos, also an at-large qualifier, reached the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Jumbos recorded 46 kills in the three games and held the Cougars to 28 kills. Bright had 15 kills with a .583 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kelly Kimo led the Jumbos with 15 digs and sophomore Brigid Bell had a solid match with eight kills and 11 digs. Junior Angela Yu and sophomore Rachel Furash had 21 and 18 assists, respectively. Sophomores Christina Nwankpa and Heather Holz both played well in the middle as well. Nwankpa added five kills in nine attempts (.444 hitting percentage) and five blocks while Holz added four kills and two blocks.
Clark's seniors Marina Ramos and Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado had eight kills a piece. Ramos added a nine digs while junior Rayme Quiban had a team-high 10 digs. Junior Rachel Webb and first-year Sophia Torino had 11 and 10 digs respectively.
Clark falls to 2-1 while Tufts starts the season 1-0.
Clark will travel to the Trinity College Invitational on Friday, September 8 and Saturday September 9 to play Westfield State, Eastern Connecticut and Trinity. Tufts is back in action when they host the New England Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos will face RIT, Minn. - Morris and Marymount. Play begins on Friday with a 7 pm contest against RIT for the Jumbos.