Clippers Split Tri-Match, Defeating Georgian Court 3-2 in Conference Matchup
Lakewood, NJ – The Concordia College Clippers women's volleyball team participated in a tri-match this afternoon as they faced Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Georgian Court University and non-conference foe, C.W. Post. The Clippers managed to take care of the conference match, 3-2, but fell to the Pioneers, 3-1.
In their first match of the day, Concordia looked to keep their playoff hopes alive as they faced the Lions. Georgian Court jumped out to a first set victory taking a 25-16 advantage. In the second set, the Clippers kept the match close but the Lions won the game 25-22 to take a 2-0 lead.
Concordia knew that they needed to find a way to stop the attack by Georgian Court. In the third set, the Clippers managed to take a 25-20 win to get back into the match. The next set Concordia would dominate and held the Lions to only 13 points which sent the match into a deciding fifth set. With momentum on their side, the Clippers easily put the game away, 15-8 to complete their comeback and secure their sixth conference win of the season.
Junior Juliann Gillespie (Clarkston, MI) led Concordia's offense with 14 kills while Chelsea Zurcher (Crofton, MD) added seven kills. Sophomore Hillary Hoffman (East Meadow, NY) recorded 27 assists while Irina Impellittiere (Cold Spring, NY) recorded 19 digs on the defensive end for the Clippers.
After their victory, Concordia went right back to work as they faced C.W. Post. The Clippers continued their hot streak as they took the first set 25-18. It would be the last game Concordia would win on the day as exhaustion would settle in and the Pioneers took advantage of it. C.W. Post took the next three sets 25-19, 25-18, 25-16 to secure their 13th win of the season.
For game number two, Gillespie led Concordia's offense once again with 13 kills while first-year player Samantha Kurtzke (Montvale, NJ) added nine kills. Hoffman continued her solid play at setter as she recorded 26 assists while chipping in with 23 digs on the defensive end for the Clippers.
Concordia (6-19, 6-12 CACC) will play their final regular game of the season this Tuesday, November 1st as they host Felician College. The 6pm match will take place in the Meyer Athletic Center on the campus of Concordia College.