WILMINGTON, Del. – The University of the Sciences volleyball team defeated Goldey-Beacom for the first time since 2015 on Wednesday night, sweeping the Lightning in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action inside of the Joseph West Jones Center.
Notably, the victory was also USciences' fourth in CACC play, matching the Devils' total from each of the previous two seasons.
After pulling away for a 25-18 first set win, the second came down to the wire. After leading by as many as five early, 9-4, USciences had to hold off the Lightning after they came back to tie it at 13, the first of 10 ties down a stretch in which neither team led by more than two.
USciences carried that momentum into set three, scoring four of the first five points, capped by a Danielle Taylor service ace and Elizabeth Checca kill, and the Devils led by as many as seven points until GBC stormed all the way back to take a 22-20 lead.
That was one of a season and match-high three service aces for Taylor, who also added 10 digs.
There were plenty of other of season-highs as Caelin Jaskot led all players with 29 assists, her highest total in a three-set match this season, as well as a season-best four blocks to tie Witmer for a match-high.
Witmer also had four blocks, to go along with nine kills on .227 hitting – a new season-best for a three-set match.
She trailed only Sarah Miller, who set a new career-best in kills for the fourth time in seven matches with a match-high 14 on .250 hitting.
USciences' 35 kills, 33 assists, nine service aces and seven blocks were all season-bests for a three-set match.
Rhiannon Comia paced the Devils with 14 digs.
University of the Sciences is back on the road on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it travels to Nyack for a 1 p.m. match.