PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team won its home and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener, holding off Chestnut Hill in five sets (25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25) after winning the first two on Wednesday evening.
With the momentum already against them, the Devils dropped the first point of the decisive fifth set before rallying for the next five.
Sarah Miller began the stretch with a kill before ending it with an ace, and even though the Griffins got as close as two on three occasions, including at 11-13, USciences finally put the match away with back-to-back kills by Kerrigan Clem and Natalia Velez.
After not beating Chestnut Hill since 2013 prior to last season, University of the Sciences has now knocked off the Griffins twice in the two teams' last three meetings.
Miller was the star of the night, leading all players with a career-high 19 kills on .295 hitting. The senior added 17 digs, one shy of a career-best, as well as a match-high four aces.
Also with a career night was sophomore Bianca Galis, who set new career-bests with 16 kills and 16 digs.
Freshman Kerrigan Clem added season-highs of nine kills on .348 hitting and five blocks, the latter of which led all players.
Caelin Jaskot orchestrated the attack with a career-high 51 assists.
Danielle Taylor led all players with 19 digs, to go along with a career-best five assists.
The Devils also set new season-highs with 71 digs, 62 kills, 60 assists and six blocks, while hitting a season-best .210.
The 62 kills were their most in a match since the final match of the 2014 season, while the 60 assists were their most since recording 67 in a win over Felician on Nov. 2, 2013.
USciences actually found itself trailing 8-1 early in the first before coming back to outscore Chestnut Hill 24-12 to close out the opening set.
Then trailing 20-19 in the second, the Devils closed out set with six of the final seven points, highlighted by Taylor's two aces.
Chestnut Hill jumped out to a 12-3 advantage in the third, before erasing an 18-16 deficit in the fourth to send the match to a fifth set.
University of the Sciences is right back in action tomorrow, traveling to Lincoln for a 6 p.m. start.