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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Ryan Malone and Abby Clark

Jordan Karnes
Staff Writer




Ryan Malone

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Malone, a 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter, has proven to be a great addition to the men’s volleyball team so far this season. A native of Chicopee, Mass., Malone played a crucial role on the Springfield College men’s soccer team this season. Malone has totaled 25 kills in 14 sets this season with his biggest match so far coming against Lasell College when he tallied eight kills and 11 total attacks. Malone also helped out the cause for the Pride as they defeated Hunter College on Tuesday night. Malone had seven kills on 16 total attacks.Malone will continue to play a big role in the success of the men’s volleyball team as they continue their trek as the No. 1 Division III team in the nation.

Q. Why did you choose to play Volleyball? Who pushed you to play?
A. The last few years I got injured and that wasn’t a possibility. Coach Sullivan really pushed me to play. He asked me in December what I thought about coming to tryouts and I wasn’t sure at first, but then after talking back and forth I decided to try out. 

Q.  How do you feel you have impacted the team so far this season?
A. I think I’ve impacted the team so far by bringing intensity and leadership to practice every day. Everyone is so committed and willing to get better that my impact is just to continue learning and growing just as much as everyone else. 

Q. What is your biggest strength on the volleyball court?
A. I would say just having positive self talk and self confidence in playing my game. So far this season my serving has been my strength because there is a lot of focus and positive self talk that comes with serving. Along with that, being a senior and being a leader on the soccer field, it’s made being a leader on the volleyball court much easier. 


Abby Clark

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Clark, a junior out of Holderness, N.H., has led the Pride women’s gymnastics team to a 3-1 start with the most recent wins over Ithaca and Ursinus coming Saturday at Ithaca when the team placed first out of three teams with 184.757 points. Clark was the top all-around competitor on Saturday with a 37.575. Clark had two other first-place showings on the beam with a 9.475, and was also a winner on the floor with a score of 9.550, which topped the competition. Clark’s top performance on Saturday earned her the ECAC Division III Women’s Gymnast of the Week award. Clark’s leadership and consistency has and will continue to help the Pride as they head into the middle of the season.

Q.  How have you impacted the women’s gymnastics’ team so far this season?
A. As a junior, I am becoming more comfortable with competing at the collegiate level. I try to always be positive about every situation, which also helps the team atmosphere. During practice I always try to take one extra turn, do one more routine, do one more rep of the conditioning to push myself to be an important part of the team when it comes to competing. 

Q.  What is your best event and is it the event you most enjoy?
A. I would say my best and favorite event is the balance beam. I have been improving on each of the events, and I am starting to feel like all of my events are becoming my best events.

Q. How has the team performed so far this season?
A. I am very pleased with how the team has done so far this season. This year we have put a huge emphasis on staying positive even if something goes wrong, and I think because we have done such a good job with that it is making a huge difference on how we perform. 

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