California (Pa.) Sweeps Clarion in PSAC Opener


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CALIFORNIA (Pa.) - Junior outside hitter Joanna Nist (Rockwood, Pa./Rockwood) collected a double-double as the California University of Pennsylvania volleyball team swept Clarion, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Hamer Hall in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-opener for both teams.

With the win, the Vulcans improve to 5-0 overall this season, while the Golden Eagles suffered their first loss of the 2008 campaign and fall to 4-1.

Nist highlighted the Cal U attack on the night with 11 kills on .348 hitting, while posting 12 digs. Junior middle hitter Ludmila Amaral (Cubatao, Sao Paulo/Afonso Schimidt) collected nine kills and seven digs, while senior Thais Franca (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Padre Manoel De Paiva) added eight kills. Junior Marta Hodge (Fayetteville, Pa./Chambersburg) anchored the Vulcans' defense with 21 digs, while junior setter Renata Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil /Colegio Ateneu) tallied 11 digs to go along with her 33 assists and three service aces.

Cal returns to action this weekend at the two-day, seven-team TownePlace Suites Classic hosted by the University of Findlay (Ohio). The Vulcans begin play at the tournament on Friday, Sept. 5, against Hillsdale College (Mich.) and the host Oilers.

Article courtesy of California (Pa.) athletics.

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