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Volleyball Falls Just Short in Five-Set Thriller Against Wilmington on Senior Day

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team gave everything it had in front of an energetic Senior Day crowd, falling just short in a five-set thriller (25-13, 19-25, 23-25, 25-12, 15-13) against Wilmington inside of Bobby Morgan Arena on Saturday afternoon. 

The Devils end their season with eight overall victories and five Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) wins, both of which are the Devils' most since the 2015 season.

Prior to the match, University of the Sciences honored the five members of the USciences Class of 2019: Cassandra Moy, Brooke Witmer, Dakota Raymond, Rhiannon Comia and Elizabeth Checca.

Playing the final collegiate match of their careers, they led a spirited effort against a Wilmington team (19-13, 13-6 CACC) heading to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament. 

After the two teams split the first two sets, the fifth did not disappoint. There were eight ties and four lead changes, and neither team went ahead by more than two until Wilmington took a 12-9 advantage.

Trailing 10-13 two points later, USciences would not go out without a fight as it scored the next three points, capped by a Bianca Galis kill to tie the set for a ninth time. 

Wilmington would take the final two points though, putting an end to the exhilarating clash. 

Witmer closed out her career by tying her career-high of 12 kills on .360 hitting and leading all players with five blocks and a career-best five aces.

In doing so, she ends her career tied for fourth in program history with 151 career block assists and ninth all-time with 219 career blocks. Her 52 block assists this season are sixth in the program's single-season annals. 

Witmer also became the 10th player in University of the Sciences history to surpass 600 career kills. 

Also ending her career in the record books is Comia, who with a team-high 19 digs took her total to 1,085 digs, sixth all-time. Her 4.89 digs per set and 455 digs this season are fifth and 10th, respectively, in the program's single-season annals. 

Checca had 11 digs and five kills, while Moy contributed five digs and a career-best two aces.

Raymond, who saw her season cut short due to injury, made the start before being subbed off prior to the action beginning. 

Leading all players with 39 assists, freshman Caelin Jaskot ends her freshman campaign with 767 assists, sixth in the program's single-season history. She becomes just the fourth Devil to reach that total in a single season, and her 7.99 asssist per set are now sixth in the single-season annals. 

Sarah Miller, who was one kill shy of a match-high, recorded a career-best 18 to go along with 13 digs for her fourth double-double in eight matches, and the fifth of her career.