BOSTON - In what can only be described as a fantastic display of offense and defense, Cougars senior Marina Ramos (Guaynabo, PR) finished with 19 kills and 21 digs while hitting .406 from the floor, leading the Clark University Cougars past the Emerson College Lions 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-16) on Tuesday night in NEWMAC play at Brown & Plofker Gym.
Ramos entered the night tied for the lead in kills in the conference but tonight's display has broken that tie as Ramos also becomes the first NEWMAC player this season to reach 200 kills. Junior Ana Mercado (Guaynabo, PR) finished with 12 kills for Clark. Freshman Kendra Campbell (North Kingstown, R.I.) finished with five kills on six attempts. Freshman Sophia Torino (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 38 assists.
For the Lions, freshman Grace Tepper (Kensington, Md.) finished with a team-high 10 kills. Junior Kelley Guerra (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) added six kills while sophomore Kayleen Bertrand (New Boston, N.H.) finished with five kills. Junior Fara Cohen (Morristown, N.J.) managed a team-best 10 digs. Junior Moira Brennan (Glenview, Ill.) contributed 23 assists.
The first set started even with the teams splitting the first 10 points for a tie at 5-5. The Cougars seized control with eight straight points, including three Mercado kills, for a 13-5 lead. The Clark lead grew more at that point before four straight Cougar points would end the first set at 25-11.
In the second, Clark was out to a quick start, leading 12-6. Ramos had three kills in that span. The Lions managed to get within one at 14-13 thanks to a 7-2 run comprised of Clark attack errors. But any thought of a comeback was silenced as the Cougars answered with five straight, stretching the edge back to 19-13. The Lions could only rebound to within two but a Ramos kill finished the second set, 25-21.
In the final set, Clark was out of the gate fast again by taking a 13-5 advantage. The Cougars kept the Lions at distance for much of the set, allowing the Lions to only close the gap to five. A strong scoring run by Clark would set-up match point and Campbell took advantage, handing the set to Clark, 25-16.
The Cougars improve to 8-6 (3-2 NEWMAC) with the victory while the Lions fall to 5-8 (1-4 NEWMAC) with the loss.
The Lions return to the court on Saturday with a tri-match at home against WPI and Pine Manor College. The action starts at noon.
The Cougars are back on Friday as they travel to Keene State for a 6:00 p.m. match.