LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Led by the offensive attack of Dakota Raymond and Brooke Witmer, the University of the Sciences women's volleyball team swept Lincoln in its non-conference finale on Thursday night at Rivero Hall.
The duo combined for 17 of USciences' 33 kills on an efficient .267 hitting.
Raymond led the way with a match-high nine kills on .207 hitting and added seven digs, while Witmer's eight kills, on .375 hitting, were a new season-high.
Simran Sangu was next in line with six kills, while also leading the match with four total blocks to moved into 10th in program history with 165 for her career.
As a team, University of the Sciences had 10 blocks assists to match its second-highest total of the season. The Devils' 47 digs were also its second-highest total for a three set match this season.
Sarah Miller, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) leader in service aces per set, had five in just two sets.
All three sets were within four points.
University of the Sciences (4-10) scored the first four points of the first set, but Lincoln would eventually come back to take multiple two-point leads, including as late as 20-18. The Devils would turn it on late though, scoring seven of the final eight points beginning with a Raymond kill and two Lion errors. After Lincoln momentarily tied it up at 21, USciences would close out the set with the final four points, which included a kill from S. Miller.
After Lincoln scored the first two points of the second, University of the Sciences went on a 9-2 run behind four consecutive S. Miller service aces to take control. Lincoln did make it interesting by pulling within two late, 19-21, but back-to-back kills by V. Checca and Sangu helped the Devils hold on for the two-set lead.
The final set was extremely competitive throughout after USciences erased an early three-point deficit to come back and tie the score at 9-9. From there, neither team would lead by more than two points, and the two teams traded 10 ties.
University of the Sciences had to stave off two set points, at 23-24 and 24-25, and did so with kills by E. Checca and Raymond. A V. Checca kill gave the Devils their first match point and despite Lincoln momentarily extending the match, two Lion errors would officially seal the USciences victory.
University of the Sciences returns to CACC play on Saturday, Oct. 14 when it travels to Concordia for a 6 p.m. start.