CHEYNEY, Pa. – The University of the Sciences women's volleyball team used 22 service aces, its most in a match since its 2010 season-opener, to begin its 2017 season with a sweep (25-20, 25-19, 25-10) of Cheyney on Friday night at Alfred Cope Hall.
The 22 services aces were the most for USciences since recording 29 to open its 2010 season with a sweep of Cheyney.
Four different Devils recorded a career-best in service aces on the night, led by sophomore Sarah Miller's seven. Juniors Elizabeth Checca, Brooke Witmer and Rhiannon Comia added five, four and four, respectively.
University of the Sciences also hit .256 for its best hitting percentage in a match since swinging .260 in a win at Goldey-Beacom on Nov. 7, 2015.
It was a balanced attack with six Devils recording at least four kills, led by Miller's match-high eight on .500 hitting.
Checca also hit well with five kills on .571 hitting, and she added a match-best five digs.
Samantha Spurrier finished with four kills on just seven attacks for a .571 hitting percentage.
Cassandra Moy racked up a match-high 18 assists in her first match as USciecnes' primary setter.
Cheyney opened the scoring in the first, but University of the Sciences responded with the next three points and would not trail the remainder of the set. The Wolves did tie the score at three, but the Devils took the next three points to pull away. With the set still close at 13-9 later on, USciences broke it open with seven consecutive points on Miller's serve, which included four of her seven service aces
Trailing by as much as seven in the second set, Cheyney made things interesting by getting as close as 15-17, but again University of the Sciences had an answer with five straight points. After a kill by Raymond, a Wolves error gave the Devils a comfortable 22-15 lead that they would make stick for a commanding two-set lead.
After Cheyney opened the third with five of the first seven points for a 5-2 advantage, USciences rattled off 20 of the next 25 points to close out the set. The flurry included a nine-point run, capped by consecutive service aces by Comia to bring the score to 17-7.
University of the Sciences takes a week off before traveling to Millersville for a tri-match next Friday, Sept. 8. In addition to taking on the Marauders at 7 p.m., the Devils will open their day with a match against West Chester at 2 p.m.