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