HOLLAND, Mich. -- The 2013 volleyball season started with more than 440 teams and tonight the field is down to four after the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Division III championship at Hope. No. 3 Cal Lutheran will be one of those teams after defeating Clarkson 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 29-27, 25-13) in the third match of the day at the DeVos Fieldhouse.
On a night when each team used streaks to shift the momentum and both the offense and defense had big plays, head coach Kellee Roesel was pleased with the patience her team exhibited tonight, especially in tough spots. CLU combined for 14 total blocks and 59 kills for a .241 hitting percentage as a unit with six service aces.
Again Kylie McLogan led the attack with a match-high 22 kills and was second on the squad with 16 digs as she recorded four block assists to contribute 25.0 points. Allie Eason had a double-double with a team-leading 19 digs, also notching 12 kills. Jackie Russell led all players with 38 assists. Both Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira and Hayley Tamagni recorded eight kills and six block assists with Tamagni adding the only solo stop of the night for either team and Mo’okini-Oliveira tallying a match-best three service aces. Lauren Rohach also had six block assists, chipping in with six kills as well. Four different players for CLU finished in double figures for digs with Nicki Tetherow and Mo’okini-Oliveira finishing with 14 and 12 apiece, respectively.