CLARION - On the surface, the Clarion Area volleyball team's showdown with visiting Cranberry Tuesday night (Oct. 1) had the opportunity to be one for the ages.
Long story short; it wasn't.
The Bobcats came out firing on all cylinders sweeping their way to a 25-11, 25-7, 25-20 win over visiting Cranberry in a KSAC clash.
"It's great to know that we are playing efficiently," Clarion head coach Shari Campbell said. "It's great to see us not lose focus and to keep challenging ourselves."
Clarion has lost just one set in conference play the entire season while rolling up an 8-0 record.
This was the second loss for Cranberry in a week as the Berries fall to 8-2.
A key in the Clarion win was the Bobcats' mastery at the service line. According to Campbell, her team has had its issues from the service line this season.
"It has been a struggle for us a little bit at the service line for us this season," Campbell said. "I think there is a lot of effort to put the ball where it needs to be."
The Bobcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead right out of the gate with Brenna Campbell serving for all six points while recording three aces.
Campbell served for 17 points with three aces on the night while also dishing out 20 assists.
Kaitlyn Constantino and Aryana Girvan each had a kill in the span.
Aryana Girvan, a freshman, recorded five kills on the night.
"She is doing a great job for us," Campbell said referring to Aryana Girvan. "It's really fun when you see a freshman come in with a lot of potential."
Constantino led the Bobcats in kills with nine.
Later in Game One, Cranberry pulled to within 14-8 when the Berries Jenna Reynolds made a kill.
But Cranberry would draw no closer as the Bobcats went on an 8-1 run with Kyara Girvan posting a trio of points from the service line while Maddie Schill made two blocks and Korrin Burns made a kill in the span.
Kyara Girvan posted 11 points and made nine digs on the night.
"Brenna and Kyara really dictated the match from the service line tonight," Campbell said.
Schill finished with three blocks while also contributing five kills and eight points.
Burns finished with six kills and six points.
The Berries couldn't overcome the double-digit deficit as Clarion cruised to the 25-11 win.
The Bobcats got off to another blistering start in Game Two with Campbell and Burns each serving for three-straight points as Clarion ripped out to a 7-1 lead.
The Berries would never get closer than six points the remainder of the way as Clarion cruised to the 25-7 win.
The Berries broke out to a 3-0 lead in Game Three and Cranberry and Clarion traded blows until midway through the match when the Bobcats broke an 8-8 tie by going on an 11-2 run behind a five-point string from Schill and a three-point barrage from Grace Matson.
The Berries pulled to within 22-19 but could draw no closer as Constantino made a pair of kills and Aryana Girvan made the final kill in the 25-20 win.
Clarion will travel to face Moniteau tonight (Oct. 3).