Women’s Volleyball Battles Early; Falls to Chestnut Hill in Home-Opener

Women’s Volleyball Battles Early; Falls to Chestnut Hill in Home-Opener

PHILADELPHIA – Dakota Raymond recorded her first career double-double and the University of the Sciences women's volleyball team battled through two close opening sets, but it was not enough as the Devils fell to Chestnut Hill in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play in their home-opener on Tuesday Night at Bobby Morgan Arena. 

The largest lead for either team in the first two sets was four as both sets came down to the wire with the score tied at 22, only to have Chestnut Hill tally the final three points on each occasion. USciences held the aforementioned four-point lead, 15-11, in the second set and were even ahead 21-18 late before the Griffins went on a 7-1 run to grab the commanding two-set advantage.

Chestnut Hill (2-10, 1-1 CACC) carried that momentum into the third set where it would score six of the first eight points, and USciences could not manage to get close than three points the remainder of the evening.

Raymond finished with a career and team-best 10 kills on a match-high .346 hitting and added 11 digs for her double-double.  

Cassandra Moy also set a new career-high with a team-best 26 assists, while Samantha Spurrier matched her previous career-high for a three set match with seven kills – third-most on the team behind Raymond's 10 and Elizabeth Checca's eight. 

Brooke Witmer led all players with four total blocks, while Rhiannon Comia led University of the Sciences with 14 digs.  

USciences (2-3, 1-1) recorded season-highs of 49 digs and 33 assists in the defeat. The Devils also hit .179 percent, its second-highest hitting percentage of the season.

University of the Sciences returns to CACC play for the first of two weekend matches at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 at Holy Family.