PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences women's volleyball team battled in the first set and staved off three match points in the third, but the Devils fell to Nyack in their home-finale on Tuesday night in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action at Bobby Morgan Arena.
USciences got off to a great start, taking a 7-3 lead on three consecutive services aces by Sarah Miller before eventually going ahead 18-13 on Miller's serve later on after a Simran Sangu and Abigail Miller block put an exclamation point on four straight points.
Nyack (12-18, 10-6 CACC North) battled back with seven straight points of its own though to take its first lead since 1-0. From there, University of the Sciences got within one point on three separate occasions, including at 24-23, but the Warriors were able to hold off the Devils each time to take the early lead.
After a 25-16 victory in the second set, Nyack seemed to be on its way to a sweep when it was up 20-15 in the third, but USciences had a fourth set in mind when it scored the next six points to take its first lead since it was 2-1.
Nyack responded with three of the next four points to set up the first of two consecutive match points, which University of the Sciences staved off with a kill from S. Miller and a block from Sangu and Dakota Raymond to tie the score at 24. A Miller then extended the match once again with a kill to even the score at 25 before the Warriors scored the final two points
Starting her first career match, A. Miler set up the USciences attack with a match-high 26 assists. She fell one dig shy of her first career double-double.
In the final home match of her career, Sangu also registered a match-high with four block assists, to go along with one solo block, to tie her career-best for a three set match. She was second on the team – matching S. Miller – with six kills.
University of the Sciences' 14 block assists were its most in a three set match since Sept. 27, 2016 vs. Wilmington, a span of 26 three set matches.
Brooke Witmer added three block assists, as well as a solo block, and also matched a career-best for a three set match with a match-high 10 kills on .444 hitting.
USciences (6-14, 4-12 CACC South) closes out its season with a three-match road-trip beginning at Wilmington on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.