PHILADELPHIA – Bolstered by double-doubles from Dakota Raymond and Cassandra Moy, as well as a match and USciences season-high 21 digs from Rhiannon Comia, the University of the Sciences women's volleyball team took the first set before falling to Goldey-Beacom in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match on Wednesday night at Bobby Morgan Arena.
University of the Sciences took control of the first set when back-to-back kills by Elizabeth Checca and Brooke Witmer, a Sarah Miller service ace, and finally another Checca kill highlighted four unanswered points to give the Devils a 15-10 lead. Goldey-Beacom got as close as two, 15-17, before USciences put the set away with a 7-1 run that was capped by a Comia service ace.
Goldey-Beacom (7-11, 6-4 CACC) would go on to take the final three sets, two of which were by four points or less.
First in the second set, University of the Sciences erased a four-point deficit with four straight points thanks to a Simran Sangu kill, back-to-back kills by Miller and a block by Sangu and Moy to tie the score at 19. The two teams traded the next six points to deadlock the action at 22, before Goldey-Beacom scored the final three points to even the match at one set apiece.
After a 25-11 third set, Goldey-Beacom held five early four-point advantages in the fourth before USciences came back to tie it at 12. The score was tied again later on at 15, before the Lightning would score three of the next four points to take control with a 19-16 lead.
That three-point advantage would hold at 21-18 until a Raymond kill and Moy and Sangu block pulled University of the Sciences within one. Despite Goldey-Beacom scoring the next point, Miller got the Devils within a point once more with a kill, only to have the Lightning close the match out with the final three.
As mentioned, Raymond and Moy each registered double-doubles on the night; the second of the season for both.
Raymond's team-high 10 kills matched a new career-high, while her 13 digs matched her season-best. Moy led USciences with 22 assists and added 10 digs to go along with three block assists, the latter of which matched her career-high.
Comia's 21 digs led all players and were the most by a Devil this season.
Miller was also in double figures with 10 digs, to go along with seven kills, as University of the Sciences set a new season-high with 68 digs as a team.
Sangu led USciences with four block assists to match her career-high.
University of the Sciences (3-10, 2-8) is right back on the court tomorrow, as it travels to Lincoln for its final non-conference match of the season at 7 p.m.