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Volleyball Pushes CACC Leader Georgian Court to Brink in Set One

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team gave Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) leader Georgian Court everything it could handle in set one, before the Lions eventually pulled away for a victory (27-25, 25-18, 25-17) over the Devils on Friday evening at Bobby Morgan Arena. 

At one point USciences held a 15-9 advantage in the opening set after a run of six straight points that included two kills and a service ace by Sarah Miller, as well as a kill each from Brooke Witmer and Elizabeth Checca

Georgian Court (11-5, 7-1 CACC) fought its way back to tie it at 16, the first of nine ties to end the set, and the Lions would not lead until a kill made the score 21-20.  

With GCU still leading 23-22, University of the Sciences actually scored the next two points, the second on a kill by Checca, for the first of two set points, before the Lions took the final three points of the set. 

After not holding a lead in set two, USciences took an early 4-1 advantage in the third, before Georgian Court eventually rattled of five consecutive points for a 10-6 lead it would not relinquish. 

Miller led University of the Sciences with eight kills on .227 hitting and a match-high two service aces. 

The Devils had five service aces to GCU's three. 

Bianca Galis and Checca added seven and six kills, respectively, with Witmer contributing five and a team-best three blocks.

Two of those blocks were block assists, which moved the senior into seventh in program history with 123 for her career.  

Caelin Jaskot also had three blocks, a new season-high, while also leading all players with 24 assists. 

Rhiannon Comia led USciences with 11 digs, with Danielle Taylor adding 10.  

University of the Sciences is back at home tomorrow, Sept. 29, to host Post at noon.