MILLERSVILLE, Pa – The University of the Sciences volleyball team took a set from unbeaten West Chester (25-15, 20-25, 25-10, 25-20), before ending its day with a competitive 3-0 loss to host Millersville (25-19, 25-17, 25-19) on the first day of the Marauder Classic on Friday at Pucillo Gymnasium.
The Devils led throughout the second set against West Chester and held a lead as late as 16-15 in the fourth.
Dakota Raymond led the charge, recording her fourth career double-double with a team-high 11 kills – one shy of a career-high - to go along with 11 digs. She also tied Bianca Galis for the team lead with seven kills versus Millersville.
The senior would then register her fifth career 20-dig match in the nightcap to lead all players, while also turning in a match-high three service aces.
Witmer then had a match-high five blocks versus the Marauders, two of which were block assists as she ended the night eighth in program history with 106 for her career.
Caelin Jaskot orchestrated the offense with a career-best 28 assists versus West Chester before pacing the Devils with 15 against Millersville. She also had seven digs in both matches.
University of the Sciences erased an early 4-8 deficit with a 6-1 run, capped by back-to-back Jaskot kills, to make the score 10-9 in the first set against Millersville. With the score deadlocked at 12 moments later, the Marauders would pull away with seven of the next nine points.
The Devils then led 5-1 early in the second after back-to-back service aces by Comia, as well 14-12 after a McKayla Kelly kill, before Millersville took control with eight consecutive points.
After Millersville scored the first three points of the third USciences did well to battle back to tie it at 8-8 and 9-9, only to run out of steam and see the Marauders rattle off six consecutive points en route to the sweep.
University of the Sciences closes out the Marauder Classic with two more matches tomorrow beginning at 12 p.m. against Bloomfield, before ending a stretch of five matches in three days at 4 p.m. versus Lock Haven.