LAKEWOOD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences volleyball team knocked off Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) leader Georgian Court in four sets (22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20) on Thursday, defeating for the Lions for the first time since 2014.
Prior to this evening, the Devils had won just one set over GCU in the two teams' previous eight meetings dating back to the last USciences win.
University of the Sciences has now won four matches in a row, something the Devils have also not accomplished since 2014.
USciences came back from dropping the first set by three points to take each of the final three by at least five points.
The Devils did so with the help of their serve, recording a season-high 14 aces to GCU's one. It was their most service aces in a match since recording 22 in their season-opening sweep of Cheyney in 2017.
Georgian Court (14-5, 5-2 CACC) actually held advantages in hitting percentage (.153-.141), digs (50-44) and blocks (7-6), with USciences recording two more kills (45-43).
University of the Sciences (7-10, 4-3) had three Devils finish with double-digit kills, led by Velez's season-best 17. She added a team-high 10 digs for her second straight double-double.
Wright also recorded her second straight double-double, and her third in four matches, with 12 kills and 10 digs.
Bianca Galis chipped in with 11 kills and a team-high four blocks, the latter matching her career-best for the second consecutive match.
Georgian Court began the evening by scoring five of the first six points, and University of the Sciences could not manage to get closer than two the remainder of the first.
Trailing 2-4 early in the second, USciences finally gained some momentum with five unanswered, highlighted by two Kerrigan Clem kills, and the Devils would lead by multiple points throughout the rest of the set.
University of the Sciences then scored the first five points of the third en route to leading by as many as eight, 11-3, to eventually take a two sets to one advantage.
GCU led by as many as three points twice early in the fourth, and were still up 14-12 before USciences gained control with a 7-1 surge. Wright scored two points in the stretch, on a kill and an ace, and the Devils would not allow the Lions to score consecutive points again as it closed out the upset bid.
University of the Sciences takes nearly a week off, before returning to action next Wednesday, Oct. 16 for a 7 p.m. match at Chestnut Hill.