Worcester, Mass. – Behind 11 kills from freshman Janelle Yarwood the No. 14 Tufts volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over Clark on the road. The Jumbos got kills from 11 different players in the match.
|Freshman Janelle Yarwood led the offense with 11 kills Friday night|
With the win the Jumbos improve to 15-0 overall and remain 5-0 in NESCAC play. Clark falls to 5-15 with the setback and they are 0-6 in conference matches.
The Jumbos scored the first six points of the first set behind the serve of senior Brigid Bell. Leading 13-9 they then got behind the serve of senior Rachel Furash, scoring five more consecutive points to take an 18-9 lead. They won the first set 25-14.
Once again the Jumbos jumped out to an early lead in the second set, this time scoring the first six points of the set behind the serve of Furash to take a 6-0 lead. The Jumbos commanded most of the set, but down 18-5 Clark scored four straight points to come within nine, 18-9. That would be as close as they would get as the Jumbos won the second set, 25-12.
The Jumbos controlled the beginning of the third set and found themselves ahead 21-8. The Cougars got things going a bit, and again scored four points to move the score to 21-12. But, the Jumbos picked up the 25-16 win in the third set.
Yarwood was the offensive leader with 11 kills and she also added five digs. Senior Maddie Stewart finished with eight kills and junior Jennifer Ryan tallied seven kills. Rookie Anna Nachmanoff turned in five kills and five digs, and seniors Heather Holz and Christina Nwankpa each added three kills. Defensively, freshman Stephanie Lee was the leader with 12 digs. Furash added seven digs and Nachmanoff, Yarwood and Holz all picked up five each. The Jumbos split the setting a bit, as Furash collected 16 assists, Lee collected ten and sophomore Ariel Zedric turned in eight assists. Furash also added six service aces.
Claudia Rivera was the offensive leader for the Cougars with nine kills. Paige Kacherian tallied four kills and Margarita Perez-Maza and Cameron Gill each added three kills. Defensively Marimo Oka was the leader with 11 digs. Mackenzie Hanna finished with 12 assists, while Perez-Maza added six assists.
The Jumbos are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Trinity for a 1 pm start. The Cougars play again on Tuesday with a 6 pm match at home against MIT.
Action photo credit Zach Webster