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Women’s Volleyball Features Balanced Attack; Takes a Set at Goldey-Beacom

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

WILMINGTON, Del. –A balanced attack that saw five Devils record at least five kills helped the University of the Sciences women's volleyball team win the second set at Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday night, but the Lightning pulled away in the middle of the third and fourth sets to close out a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win at Joseph West Jones Center.

Freshman Abigail Miller fell one assist shy of setting her career-high for the second time in three matches, as she finished with 25 to help lead the balanced attack.

Sarah Miller led that balanced attack with eight kills and also had team-bests with three aces and two block assists.

Brooke Witmer and Dakota Raymond each had six kills.

Witmer's six kills came on .286 hitting, and she tied her career-best with three solo blocks as USciences set a new season-high with five solo blocks. 

Raymond was one of three Devils in double-figures in digs with 11.

Rhiannon Comia added a match-high 19, while Elizabeth Checca pitched in with 11 to go along with her five kills. 

University of the Sciences had one more dig than Goldey-Beacom, 53-52.

Simran Sangu rounded out the Devils' attack with five kills and played a big part in helping USciences out-block Goldey-Beacom, 7-5, as she had three of her own.   

The two teams split the first two sets, with each winning by a comfortable margin. 

Goldey-Beacom would score eight of the match's first nine points and lead by at least three throughout the remainder of the first set en route to winning 25-16.   

University of the Sciences came right back in the second as a Raymond kill sandwiched between two S. Miller service aces to cap five straight points to make the score 11-3, and the Devils would not look back as they tied the match with a 25-18 win.

The third set was extremely competitive from the start, as the two teams traded seven early ties to eventually make it 10-10. Just when it looked like Goldey-Beacom may finally establish control with the next three points, University of the Sciences came right back with four of the next five to deadlock the score at 14 on a Miller ace.

Goldey-Beacom (12-17, 10-8 CACC) used a 4-1 run of its own though to take an 18-15 advantage, and although the Devils closed to within one, 18-19, the Lightning closed out the set with six of the final eight points.

Nine ties were traded early on in the fourth before Goldey-Beacom broke a 9-9 tie with six consecutive points to help it pull away for the victory.

USciences (6-16, 4-14) closes out its 2017 season at Georgian Court on Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.