PHILADELPHIA – It took five thrilling sets, but the University of the Sciences volleyball team beat Chestnut Hill for the first time since 2013 to pick up its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win of the season on Thursday night at Sorgenti Arena.
The win snapped an eight-match losing streak against the Griffins, and was the Devils' first win against a CACC South opponent since the 2016 season.
After four close sets (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25), it was appropriate that the final set came down the wire.
Despite holding leads of 2-0 and 6-3, USciences found itself trailing 8-9. That is when the Devils made their move, rattling off five straight points – four of which were on Brooke Witmer's serve – to go ahead 13-10 on a McKayla Kelly kill.
Chestnut Hill regrouped with three consecutive points to get within one, but a University of the Sciences timeout led to a Danielle Taylor kill to give the Devils match point.
After the Griffins saved the first one, another University of the Sciences timeout turned to swing momentum back to the Devils favor and an error ended the match.
Senior Dakota Raymond had a career night with a career-best 15 kills, to go along with 11 digs for her fifth career double-double.
Caelin Jaskot also had a double-double, her fourth of the season, with a career and match-high 43 assists and 10 digs.
The career-highs did not stop there with Taylor leading all player with 24 kills, 11 more than her previous best.
Sarah Miller fell one kill shy of her first career double-double with a career-best 14 digs, and she also had a match-high three service aces.
In a match that was nearly statistically even USciences had a 95-86 edge in digs, for what were the most digs in a match for the Devils since they had 109 at Wilmington on Oct. 21, 2015 – a span of 63 matches.
Rhiannon Comia had 20 of them for her third 20-plus dig match of the year.
University of the Sciences also had 50 kills, its most in a match since the beginning of last season.
Bianca Galis was second on the team with 12 on a match-high .241 hitting, while Witmer added a season-best nine to go along with a team-high three blocks.
University of the Sciences looks to carry the momentum of tonight's win into Saturday, when it hosts Dominican at 12 p.m.