Potpara paces Dowling into semis
Dec. 2, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. − Dowling scored an impressive 3-0 victory over Clarion on Thursday in a quarterfinal game of the NCAA Division II Womens Volleyball Championship.
"It feels great to finally move on in the tournament,” said Dowling Coach Alex Koszalka. "We've been here a lot, but we've never gotten past this game.”
Dowling (31-1), which has dropped just four sets all season, got a great team effort in recording the sweep. The Golden Lions were led offensively by Patrycja Klekotka, Janae Giles and Maja Potpara, who registered nine, eight, and seven kills respectively. Megan Futch led Dowling with 12 digs, and Potpara provided 18 assists on the Golden Eagles 33 kills.
"In scouting (Clarion), we saw some things we wanted to do...but really we just wanted to control the things on our side of the ball, and I think we were able to do that,” Koszalka said.
The Golden Lions roared early, jumping to a 20-7 lead in the first set, before the Golden Eagles clawed back. Clarion survived six set points before finally succumbing, 25-17.
The second set was close in the early stages and was tied at 15 before Dowling closed 10-3 to close to earn the 25-18 win.
Clarion kept it close in the third set, but as in the second, Dowling pulled away in the end stretching a 10-10 tie into a 25-15 victory.
Clarion coach Jennifer Harrison, whose team finished 32-5, said, "We had an amazing season, and Im proud of what we have accomplished.”
Clarion was led by Corinne Manley with eight kills, while Rianon Brady provided 15 digs and setter Amanda Gough registered 24 assists.
Dowling, which becomes the first East region school to reach the semifinals, will meet No. 1 Concordia in Fridays 3 p.m. ET semifinal.