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Volleyball Takes Second Set Before Dropping Tight Third and Fourth Sets in Defeat at Wilmington

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

NEWARK, Del. – The University of the Sciences women's volleyball team came back from dropping the first set to win the second, before Wilmington held off the Devils in the third and fourth for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory (25-16, 19-25, 22-25, 22-25) on Saturday afternoon. 

Sophomores Bianca Galis and Natalia Velez both recorded double-doubles, with Galis pacing all players with a career-best 16 kills while also leading USciences with 11 digs for her second double-double of the season.

Velez finished with 11 kills and 10 digs for her first double-double as a Devil. 

Tori Wright added 13 kills and match-high five service aces, while Angeli Roman Medina led all players with a career-best 39 assists to fall one dig shy of her first career double-double. 

University of the Sciences actually had three more kills than Wilmington, 44-41, but were plagued with 13 more errors, 29-16. 

The Devils also had more digs, 59-55, but the Wildcats had the advantage in blocks, 15-9.   

Notably, Jennifer Marrero led University of the Sciences with a season-high six blocks, while Lauren Lim had a season-best 10 digs.  

University of the Sciences found itself trailing 4-8 early in the first set before rattling off eight straight points, two of which were Wright kills, only to have Wilmington have answer with 12 straight of its own. 

Trailing by four, 8-12, once more in the second, this time USciences scored seven in a row, three of which were Wright aces. The Wildcats did come back to tie it at 15 but the Devils would never relinquish the lead, eventually scoring six of the final seven points, capped by a Lim ace to even the match at a set apiece.  

Once again Wilmington started quick early in the third en route to leading by as many as nine, 18-9, before USciences finally woke up with a 13-5 run that included four kills each from Galis and Wright to get as close as one, 22-23, only to have the Wildcats score the final two points. 

The two teams traded seven ties early in the fourth before Wilmington finally broke a 14-14 deadlock with a 9-2 spurt. University of the Sciences was able to pull within two with five consecutive points, but the Devils could never get closer.  

The Devils are back on the road for a CACC match at Holy Family next Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.