NEWARK, Del. – Rhiannon Comia set her second program record on Wednesday night with 36 digs in a four-set match, after the University of the Sciences volleyball team forced a fourth set at Wilmington in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play inside of the Wilmington Athletics Center.
Already the program's single-match record holder for digs in a three-set match with 30 (25-point format), the senior tied Stacey Wooden's near eight-year-old program record with the career-high 36 digs.
The reigning CACC Defensive Player of the Week, Comia's total was 12 more than any other player, and her fourth consecutive match with at least 20 digs.
After Wilmington comfortably took the first two sets 25-16 and 25-17, University of the Sciences held off the charging Wildcats, who were looking for a sweep, in the third.
Trailing 8-9, USciences scored five unanswered on Caelin Jaskot's serve, capped by a Bianca Galis kill and Dakota Raymond and McKayla Kelly block. Back-to-back kills by Sarah Miller and Brooke Witmer later made it 17-11, and a service ace by Witmer made it 23-18, before Wilmington finally made its run.
The Wildcats score six of the next seven points, holding off three set points to tie it at 24-24, before back-to-back kills by Galis finally extended the match into a fourth set.
University of the Sciences could never translate that into momentum in the fourth set though as Wilmington scored seven of the first nine points, and the Devils could never get closer than four points.
Aside from Comia, also setting a career-high on the night was Sarah Miller, who had 13 kills for the second straight match.
Galis was also in double-figures with 10 kills, while Witmer added seven and team-bests of three blocks and two service aces.
Jaskot recorded her fifth double-double in six matches with a match-high 33 assists to go along with 13 digs.
Raymond was also in double-figures with 11 digs, to go along with her two service aces.
University of the Sciences is back on the road on Saturday, Sept. 22 when it travels to Felician for a 1 p.m. start.