The Concordia women's volleyball team traveled to Caldwell College on Tuesday evening for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North Division match. The Clippers were unable to win a set as the Cougars won 3-0 at the Newman Center.
The first set began with Caldwell grabbing an early 8-1 lead but Concordia cut into the deficit after an 8-5 run. The Cougars would then score four unanswered points which forced the Clippers to take a timeout. Following the timeout Caldwell rallied off three more points before Concordia was able to break the drought. The Clippers were unable to bounce back as the Cougars took the opening set 25-14.
In the second set Concordia began with a 5-2 advantage and led 7-4 until Caldwell called the first timeout. The Cougars would tie the score at 9-9 and then again at 12-12 but the Clippers would score five unanswered points to force another timeout by Caldwell. Concordia kept their momentum following the short break as they would open up a 22-15 advantage. The Cougars responded with a strong finish as they went on a 10-1 run to earn a come-from-behind victory in the second set, 25-23.
Both teams would battle in a tightly contested third set. The largest advantage in the early going would only be three points for Caldwell when the score was 9-12. The Clippers kept battling back but after a 3-0 run by the Cougars gave them a 22-15 advantage, Caldwell would go on to finish with a 25-20 third set victory.
Junior Leina Braga (Salvador, Brazil) led the offense with nine kills while senior Irina Impellittiere (Cold Spring, N.Y.) chipped in with six kills and senior Alicia Vogel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) recorded 19 assists. Braga led Concordia with 13 digs while senior Hillary Hoffman (East Meadow, N.Y.) added nine digs on the defensive end.
The Clippers (0-2, 0-2 CACC) will next host Felician on Wednesday evening in their first home match of the season. The action is set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Meyer Athletic Center as fans unable to attend can follow the action via live stats and video on ConcordiaClippers.com.
Thanks to Concordia Sports Information/Community Engagement Director Brian Snow for the preceding story.