PHILADELPHIA – Entering the season having not won three matches in a row since the final three matches of the 2015, the USciences volleyball team has now recorded its second three-match win streak of the season after holding off Goldey-Beacom in four sets (25-16, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21) in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action at Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday evening.
USciences has not recorded two three-match win streaks in the same season since 2012.
Freshman Tori Wright led the way with a season-high 19 kills on .326 hitting, to go along with 10 digs to record her second double-double in three matches.
She was one of four Devils to record double-doubles, with Angeli Roman Medina (team-high 26 assists and 10 digs), Natalia Velez (13 kills and team-high 13 digs) and Bianca Galis (11 kills and 10 digs) all joining her.
Wright and Galis both now have three double-doubles this season, while Roman Medina and Velez have two each.
Wright, Galis and Velez all hit at least .265 on the night, as USciences' .309 attack percentage was its highest in a four-set match since it hit a program-record (25-point era) .373 in a win over Dominican on Sept. 20, 2013.
Kerrigan Clem fell one kill shy of a season-best with eight on .400 hitting, while leading the Devils with two blocks, while Caelin Jaskot matched her career-high with four kills on .800 hitting, to go along with 20 assists.
USciences and Goldey-Beacom actually had the same amount of kills, 57, but the Devils had seven fewer errors, 22-15.
University of the Sciences also had 11 more digs, 67-56, as well as four more service aces, 7-3.
Danielle Taylor mached Velez with a team-high 13 digs.
With University of the Sciences (3-3 CACC) up 11-10 in the first set, the Devils took control with five straight points, capped by two kills each from both Velez and Jaskot.
Neither team would lead by more than three in the second set. Trailing 21-18, USciences rallied with seven of the final eight points, highlighted by three kills from Wright and service aces from both Taylor and Sarah Miller.
Set three was even closer, with neither team leading by more than two and the two trading 18 ties. After University of the Sciences staved off one set point, Goldey-Beacom was finally able to force a fourth set with back-to-back points.
With the score 17-16 USciences in the fourth, the Devils took the first four-point lead of the set with a 4-1 surge, scoring all of their points on GBC errors. The Lightning got as close as two twice, including at 21-23, before a Clem kill and yet another error finally sealed the final result.
University of the Sciences goes in search of its first four-match win streak since 2014 when the Devils travel to CACC leader Georgian Court for a 6 p.m. start this Thursday, Oct. 10.