Volleyball Topped by Clark, 3-0, in City Tournament Championship Rematch


Worcester, MA --- Courtney Pharr (Seattle, WA) and Shannon Glass-Smythe (Albuquerque, NM) each tallied nine kills and combined to hit .531 as Clark traveled down Park Ave to claim a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-15) victory over host WPI in a NEWMAC women's volleyball matchup at Harrington Auditorium on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Cougars (9-13, 3-6 NEWMAC) avenged a 3-1 loss to the Engineers in last month's Worcester City Tournament title match while the Crimson and Gray slipped to 10-19 overall and 1-8 in league play.

Glass-Smythe and Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) each recorded a dozen digs and Savannah Sanford (San Anselmo, CA) added 11. Tori Whitney (Sunderland, MA) doled out a match-best 36 helpers for Clark as Ramos finished with eight kills and Glass-Smythe served up four aces.

WPI was led by Cassandra Tomerlin (La Quinta, CA) with 10 digs and six kills. Kelly Rathje (Scituate, MA) logged a match-best 15 digs and Caroline Meyer (Easton, MA) handed out 17 assists. Melissa Daigle (Norfolk, MA) and Kenzie Whalen (Hollis, NH) chipped in with a quartet of kills.

The first set saw a pair of ties and one lead change early, including a 4-3 Engineer advantage following a kill by Katie Hurlock (Burlington, CT). Clark then went on a 7-2 run to force a WPI timeout. Later in the frame, Tomerlin sparked a 5-0 Engineer outburst with a kill. The Boynton Hillers staved off a pair of set points courtesy of a kill by Meyer and a Clark attack error. The guests took the set following an Engineer miscue.

Clark raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second set and never looked back. Pharr smashed six of her nine kills and Glass-Smythe served a pair of aces as the team combined to hit .467 in the stanza.

WPI claimed its second lead of the night after Daigle recorded a kill early in the third. An ace by Rathje gave the Engineers its largest lead of the night. Clark evened it up at 3-3 during an 8-0 spurt en route to the straight set victory.

The Engineers host Simmons on Thursday at 7pm. Clark closes out the regular season with a home tri-match on Saturday. The Cougars take on Emerson in a NEWMAC contest at 11am and faces Colby-Sawyer at 3pm.  The conference match with Emerson will see the winner qualify for the NEWMAC Tournament.