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Cougars Outlast Hawks in Five Sets


The Cougars played one of their best matches of the season winning against Hillsborough Community College who is currently ranked 14th in NJCAA I polls. The Cougars came out strong and kept set one close until finally winning, 25-22. The fierce competition continued during set two with several lead changes until CCC won 25-23. During set three both teams battled both offensively and defensively going into overtime with several set points until HCC finally took the set 27-29. The Cougars struggled during set four, and the Hawks brought the match back to a fifth and deciding set. CCC got off to a strong start but could never get more than a few points ahead. Finally through it all Clearwater was able to secure the victory with a 15-12 finish.

Three players scored a double/double for the Lady Cougars. Dana Medich had 10 kills with 19 digs; Amanda Bucklin scored 20 kills and 13 digs, while Richelle Bucklin led all hitters with 25 kills and 12 digs. Setter Sarah Wild also chipped in 17 digs and led the offense with 50 sets for the match.