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Witmer Reaches 200 Career Blocks; Two Close Sets Cost Volleyball in Defeat to Chestnut Hill

Witmer Reaches 200 Career Blocks; Two Close Sets Cost Volleyball in Defeat to Chestnut Hill

PHILADELPHIA – After having two close first sets not go its way, the University of the Sciences women's volleyball team rebounded to win the third, only to have fall short in the fourth set to Chestnut Hill on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena. 

Senior Brooke Witmer made history on the afternoon, becoming the ninth player in program history to reach 200 blocks. 

USciences had a set point up 24-23 in the first, only to have CHC score the final three points, and were leading 19-18 in the second before the Griffins closed out the set on a 7-3 run. 

Ahead 14-13 in the third, University of the Sciences broke open the set with seven straight points on Sarah Miller's serve, which included five consecutive kills from either Witmer or Elizabeth Checca.

The Devils then nearly fought all the way back from a 16-9 deficit in the fourth, getting as close as 14-16 with five straight points that included two Checca kills, but Chestnut Hill responded with a run of six successive points to help it eventually close out the match. 

Checca led USciences with a season-high 11 kills, and then senior added 12 digs for her second career double-double. 

Also with a double-double, the first of her career, was Miller , who had 10 kills and 12 digs. 

Freshman Caelin Jaskot recorded her ninth double-double of the season with a team-high 35 assists and 14 digs. 

Also in double-figures in digs were Danielle Taylor and Rhiannon Comia. Taylor's team-best 21 were a new season-hgih for a four-set match, while Comia contributed 18. 

Witmer fell one kill shy of double-figures, while McKayla Kelly led the Devils with three blocks. 

University of the Sciences continues its six-match homestand on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when Jefferson visits Bobby Morgan Arena for a 7 p.m. start.