PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team denied two comebacks attempts to hold off the second place team in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North Division, Bloomfield, in five sets on Friday evening at Bobby Morgan Arena.
After the Bears had taken the fourth set, 25-17, USciences composed itself to run away with the fifth, 15-10.
Tied at 3-3 in the fifth, the Devils tallied four straight points on back-to-back-to-back kills by Natalia Velez, Jade Bryant and Tori Wright and a Bloomfield error, and the Bears were never able to get closer than three from that point on.
Velez led all players by tying her season-high with 17 kills, and she also added 11 digs for her fourth-double-double of the year.
Also setting a new season-best in kills, for the second match in a row, was Bryant, who finished with seven.
Wright added 14, to go along with 14 digs and a match-high four service aces for her fifth double-double of the season.
Also with a double-double, her third of the year, was Angeli Roman Medina, who led USciences with 25 assists and a season-best 17 digs.
University of the Sciences also set a new season-best with 10 blocks, with Kerrigan Clem leading all players with a season-high seven.
The match got off to a back-and-forth start as the two teams shared 16 ties with neither leading by more than two points in the first set.
Trailing 21-22, the Devils finally were able to take control with four of the final five points, three of which of which were scored by Wright as she ended the set with an ace.
The second was much of the same, with seven early ties and neither team leading by more than three until Bloomfield erased a two-point deficit, 16-18, with six unanswered to eventually tie the match at a set apiece.
University of the Sciences found itself trailing by as many as five early in the third set, and the Devils were still trailing 19-15 until they rattled off six unanswered of their own, capped by a Taylor ace and Clem and Caelin Jaskot block for a 21-19 advantage.
Bloomfield was able to get within one twice, including at 23-24, before a Velez Kill put USciences ahead for a second time on the evening.
The Devils will look to complete a sweep of the CACC North leaders when it hosts first-place Felician tomorrow at 12 p.m.