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ERAU Dominates 2019 Embry-Riddle Tournament

26 August 2019   Aaron Michael Siple, Sports Information Director
Photo: Jack Rinke

It was a great day at the net.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) volleyball dominated in their two matches of the 2019 Embry-Riddle Volleyball Tournament. They bested SAGU American Indian University and Arizona Christian University in three and four sets.

ERAU (4-2) took it to the Warriors (0-2) in the first set giving up only three points before the Eagles handedly took the set 25-3. The Eagles could not miss as they hit an incredible .571 percentage in the game. ERAU dominated the set and it was not even close.

It was more of the same in the second set as ERAU continued their dominance on both the offensive and defensive ends. There was not a whole lot that the Warriors could do to stop the Eagles offense as they continued to operate at a high rate. SAGU would score a few more points but the Eagles easily handled the second 25-6.

The third and final set was a bit different as the Warriors managed to get into double-digits. ERAU slowed down a touch and had their most errors in any set of the match with six. Caylee Robalin (JR/El Paso, Texas) managed to serve on the final eight points to close out the set and match, winning 25-15.

Erin Clark (JR/Phoenix, Ariz.) and Sharik Joseph (JR/San Diego, Calif.) both attacked at an extremely efficient rate. Joseph ended with 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .529. Her outside hitter Clark, ended the match with the highest attack percentage of .615, eight kills and a team high 12 digs.

ERAU continued to play extremely efficient volleyball in the second match against ACU (1-2). It was Clark's play in the first that was the difference for the Eagles as she contributed six kills of the Eagles 13. ERAU took the first 25-18.

Clark and Robalin kept things going for the Eagles in the second. The two combined for 11 kills in the game out of the Eagles 12. The team attacked at a ridiculous .345 clip and won handedly 25-14.

The third set would see the Firestorm take control for a brief moment. ERAU struggled to keep up their pace and efficiency as they hit .000 and made 11 errors. ACU took game three easily 25-15.

A quick start in the fourth and final set would be all the Eagles needed to take back momentum and seal the match. Clark once again dominated the game getting another seven kills of her game high 23. The Eagles attacked at a .308 rate and won the set and match 25-19.

Kat Yung (SO/Phoenix, Ariz.)'s defense was spectacular against the Firestorm amassing 22 digs to lead the Eagles. Robalin totaled 13 kills. Lauren Davidian (JR/Roseville, Calif.)provided solid defensive play as well totaling 13 digs.

ERAU will head to the Midwest next week to play in the 2019 Bellevue University Tournament when they take on No. 25 Ottawa University (Kan.) on August 29 at 3:00 pm MST.


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