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Volleyball Leads Stonehill Early; Takes First Set from Bloomfield on First Day of 2019 Season

Volleyball Leads Stonehill Early; Takes First Set from Bloomfield on First Day of 2019 Season

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences women's volleyball team dropped its first two matches of its season on Saturday afternoon, despite leading Stonehill for much of the opening two sets and taking the first set from Bloomfield. 

Sophomore transfer Natalia Velez led the Devils in kills in both matches, totaling 23 between the two, including a match-high 13 against Bloomfield. 

She also tied Jennifer Marrero with a team-high four blocks on the day. 

Sophomore Danielle Taylor had match-highs in digs in both matches, with 17 and 20, while freshman Angeli Roman Medina led both matches in assists with 20 and 37, respectively.

Notably, Medina added 11 digs in the opener versus Stonehill for a double-double in her first career collegiate match. 

Sophomore Bianca Galis set a new career-high with 11 digs in the opener, before adding 12 kills on .241 hitting against Bloomfield. 

Kerrigan Clem was third on the team with 13 kills on the day, on a team-best .162 hitting. 

University of the Sciences led by as many as four in each of the first two sets against Stonehill, only to have the Skyhawks rally late in both. 

Stonehill then pulled away early in the third to complete the sweep (25-22, 25-23, 25-16). 

USciences hit .265 as a team en route to 25-20 first set victory versus Bloomfield, and the Devils then hit .276 in the second, only to have the Bears overpower them by hitting .462. 

Bloomfield won sets two and three by an identical 25-19 score, but University of the Sciences pushed the Bears to the brink in set four. 

The Devils led by as many as 13-7 early on, only to have Bloomfield come back and tie the score at 16-16. 

That was one of eight ties in the set, the final coming at 21-21. 

The Bears took the next two points and the Devils were able to get as close as one twice, but they could never come back to tie it as Bloomfield took the clinching set 25-23.  

University of the Sciences returns to the road for a 6 p.m. match at West Chester on Tuesday.