ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – After dropping the first set, the University of the Sciences volleyball team bounced back to win the next three to defeat Dominican 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Bianca Galis was the catalyst, leading all players with career-bests of 20 kills on .279 hitting and four blocks. She also produced the third-highest dig total of the match with eight.
Natalia Velez was the next closest player with 11 kills, to go along with a match and season-high four aces.
Lauren Lim also had a season-high four aces, as University of the Sciences tied its season-best with 13.
The Devils' 49 kills, 22 more than Dominican, were also a season-best for a four-set match, as they outhit Dominican .205-.104.
Dominican scored seven of the first 10 points of the afternoon, but USciences fought back to tie the score at 13-13, one of eight ties in the opening set; the final coming at 21-21. The Chargers would pull away with the next three points though to take the early lead.
University of the Sciences immediately responded by opening the second with an 8-1 spurt, which included three Galis kills and two Velez aces, allowing the Devils to control the set throughout.
The two teams then shared six ties early in the third, the final one coming at 9-9, before USciences took control with four unanswered highlighted by a Galis kill, Velez ace and combined block from Galis and Marrero.
It was a similar story in the fourth, with the two teams trading five early ties before a Velez kill to make the score 6-5 gave USciences the lead for good. A Lim service aces capped three unanswered and after Dominican got as close as one, 8-7, back-to-back errors gave the Devils a two-point advantage it would hold on to the remainder of the set.
University of the Sciences seeks its second three-match winning streak of the season when it hosts Goldey-Beacom this Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.