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Witmer Reaches Milestone as Volleyball Opens 2018 Season on Saturday

Witmer Reaches Milestone as Volleyball Opens 2018 Season on Saturday

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Brooke Witmer became the 10th player in program history to reach 100 career block assists, as the University of the Sciences women's volleyball team opened its 2018 season on Saturday afternoon.

The Devils held a multi-point lead in all six sets, including advantages of at least three points in five-of-six, but ultimately dropped competitive matches to East Stroudsburg (22-25, 17-25, 17-25) and Merrimack (18-25, 19-25, 20-25).

USciences led by five in both the first and second set against East Stroudsburg, 17-12 and 8-3, as well as 4-2 in the third. The Devils also jumped out to an early 10-5 first-set advantage over Merrimack, before leading 9-6 in the second and 12-8 in the third.

Witmer led University of the Sciences with four block assists on the day, including a team-high three versus MC, to end the day ninth all-time with 103 for her career. 

Rhiannon Comia paced the Devils in digs in both matches by reaching double-digits in each with 14 and 10, respectively.

Sarah Miller had a team-high nine kills versus ESU and was one shy of Dakota Raymond's team-best with six against Merrimack.

Freshmen Caelin Jaskot, Bianca Galis and McKayla Kelly all made their collegiate debuts, starting in both matches.

Jaskot led USciences in assists in both matches, with 12 and 19 respectively. She was atop the team with three service aces against East Stroudsburg and was second on the team with eight digs versus MC.   

Galis was second on the team with eight digs, five kills and two service aces versus ESU.

University of the Sciences takes nearly two weeks off before returning to action for its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener at Jefferson on Thursday, Sept. 6.