Volleyball Toppled on the Road Against City Foe Clark

Maddy Werth

Worcester, MA --- Playing in the final home match of her Clark career, senior Rachel Spera (North Hollywood, CA) handed out 28 assists and led the host Cougars to a decisive 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-15) win over crosstown rival WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) volleyball action on Tuesday evening. 

The win for the Scarlet and White keeps their postseason hopes alive, pushing their overall record to 13-14 and 3-6 in conference action. Meanwhile, WPI sees its ledger dip to 7-20 and 0-9 in league contests. 

Spera, the lone senior for Clark, was honored before the contest and then went out and ignited a Cougar attack that hit a sizzling .400 in the opening set en route to a 25-7 victory. 

Game two had a similar feel to the first as the Cougars raced out to an 18-8 lead following a Courtney Pharr (Seattle, WA) kill off of a Spera assist. 

WPI put back-to-back points together to close the gap, but Clark got a kill from Savannah Sanford (San Anselmo, CA) and then a set-sealing ace from Pharr to take a 25-11 decision. 

The third set was much closer, and the Crimson and Grey had a brief early lead but another scoring spree by the Cougars put them ahead 12-7after a kill from Shannon Glass-Smythe (Albuquerque, NM). 

With the score 18-10 in favor of the hosts, the Engineers ran off three straight, including a pair of kills from Maddy Werth (Bedford, MA), but WPI would get no closer and Clark closed out the match with five straight points, highlighted by a Spera kill and a Sanford ace. 

Werth paced the Engineer offense with six kills, while Caroline Meyer (Easton, MA) posted 11 assists and Jenny Wallace (Holden, MA) registered a match-best 12 digs. 

Sanford and Savonnah Rowe (New York, NY) paced a balanced offensive effort for the Cougars with six kills apiece, while Glass-Smythe and Pharr each had five and Anne Read (Arundel, ME) and Spera totaled four each. 

WPI will wrap up its 2013 season on Saturday when they play host to league rival Mount Holyoke at 1pm.

Clark, meanwhile, will learn its postseason fate on Saturday when they travel to Emerson for a noon start. If the Cougars knock off the Lions and Wheaton falls to Smith at home, Clark would then secure the seventh and final spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Release Courtesy Clark Sports Information