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Volleyball Sweeps Bloomfield for Most CACC Wins Since 2015

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences volleyball team swept a second straight opponent on Saturday, returning to the road for the first time in nearly three weeks to defeat Bloomfield 25-20, 28-26, 25-23. 

Two days after surpassing its overall win total from both 2016 and 2017, USciences won its eighth match of the year to tie the 2015 team's total. The result was also the Devils' fifth Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory, which is their most since they had seven in 2015. 

University of the Sciences' 50 kills – on .220 hitting - on Saturday were its most in a three-set match since at least the beginning of the 2011 season. 

Five Devils had at least seven, with Sarah Miller leading USciences with a match-high 14 on .222 hitting, to go along with a career-best 18 digs for her second double-double in three matches, and the third of her career. 

Brooke Witmer was also in double-figures with 10 on .250 hitting, while adding a team-best three blocks.

Bianca Galis was next up with nine, while Elizabeth Checca and McKayla Kelly added seven each.

The total for Kelly marked a new season-best for the freshman, who did it on a match-high .400 hitting. 

Fellow freshman Caelin Jaskot orchestrated the offensive performance with a match-high 38 assists, a new season-best for a three-set match. She moved into seventh in the program's single-season annals with 706 assists, becoming just the fifth individual in program history to surpass 700 assists in a single season. 

University of the Sciences (8-17, 5-12 CACC) scored eight of the first 10 points in set one to jump out to the early lead, and the Devils also scored seven of the first 10 in the second. 

Bloomfield came all the way back to tie it at 17, and even took a 22-19 advantage before creating two set-points up 24-22. 

USciences killed those two off with a Miller kill and an error, but the Bears took the next point to set up set-point three.  This time it was a Checca kill that denied it, before a Witmer solo block and Galis kill gave the Devils the 2-0 lead.  

Once again trailing late in the third, 19-21, University of the Sciences made yet another run with six of the final eight points to seal the sweep. Witmer had four of the Devils' six points in the stretch, with three kills and another solo block. 

USciences closes out its away schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 31 with a 6 p.m. match at Georgian Court.