PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball hit a season-best .171, and had season-highs of 10 blocks and 10 service aces, as it returned home to defeat Concordia in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play inside of Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday night.
More importantly, the team raised $650 for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation through t-shirt sales, baked good sales, and donations, as part of its Childhood Cancer Awareness Match.
The 10 blocks were the Devils' most in a four-set match since it had 10 on Oct. 21, 2015, while the 10 service aces were its most in a match since the 2017 season-opener.
Notably, the USciences' 52 kills were also its most in a four-set match since it had 52 on Oct. 31, 2015.
Sarah Miller led a balanced offensive attack, leading all players with a career-best 13 kills – on .243 hitting - for the third time in four matches.
Dakota Raymond was also in double-digits with 11 kills on .267 hitting, and she added 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.
Caelin Jaskot handed out a match-high 42 assists, a new season-best for a four-set match, and added 10 digs, a season-high four kills and three service aces for her fifth consecutive double-double.
On the defensive end, McKayla Kelly racked up a season and match-high six blocks.
Notably, Rhiannon Comia had a team-best 21 digs for her sixth straight match with at least 20.
After the two teams split the first two sets, University of the Sciences was in danger of falling behind as it faced a 13-17 deficit. A service ace gave the Devils momentum though, and they grabbed it with a run of five straight points – that included two Miller kills – to grab an 18-17 advantage.
Concordia was able to tie the match twice, including at 20-20, but after a Clippers attacking error, Witmer recorded back-to-back service aces to help USciences pull away for good.
After the fourth set featured six early ties, University of the Sciences made its match-sealing move with an 11-1 run to break a 7-7 tie. Featured in the stretch were two Raymond kills, two Jaskot service aces and another Witmer ace, before Kelly and Galis closed it out with a combined block.
USciences continues its three-match homestand this Friday, Sept.28 when it hosts Georgian Court at 6 p.m.