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Volleyball Blocks Dominican’s Comeback Attempt to Win Second Straight Five-Setter

Volleyball Blocks Dominican’s Comeback Attempt to Win Second Straight Five-Setter

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team won its second straight five-setter on Saturday afternoon, denying Dominican a comeback in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action inside of Bobby Morgan Arena. 

Ahead both 1-0 and 2-1 after comfortable first (25-13) and third set (25-18) victories, Dominican held off the Devils in close second (25-23) and fourth sets (25-22).

USciences regained control in the fifth though, breaking open the set with six unanswered after trailing 7-6. 

A Brooke Witmer kill tied the set for a fifth time and after four straight points that also included a McKayla Kelly kill, the senior put an exclamation point on the run with a service ace. 

Kelly then took over down the stretch, playing a part in all three blocks that gave University of the Sciences its final three points. 

That gave the freshman a season and match-high five on the afternoon, and she also set a new season-best with six kills. 

University of the Sciences had season-highs of nine blocks, eight service aces and 57 kills, with the kills total marking the Devils' most since the beginning of last season. 

Dakota Raymond tied the career-high she set last match with 15 kills on .234 hitting, and she recorded her second straight double-double with a season-high 13 digs. 

Also setting a new career-high in kills with 13 was Sarah Miller.

Witmer fell one kill shy of her career-best with 11 on .259 hitting, and she also added four blocks. 

Caelin Jaskot set up 45 of USciences' kills for a new season-best in assists, and she added season-highs of 14 digs and four service aces for her fifth double-double of the season. 

Rhiannon Comia paced the Devils with 22 digs for her third straight match with 20-plus, while tying a career-best with five assists. 

University of the Sciences will look for its first three-match winning streak since closing out the 2016 season with straight victories when it travels to Wilmington for a 7 p.m. start on Wednesday.