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Volleyball Drops Three Close Sets to CACC North Leader Felician

Volleyball Drops Three Close Sets to CACC North Leader Felician

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team hung tough with Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North leader Felician, but the Devils could not pull through in any set in an eventual sweep (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.

Angeli Roman Medina posted her second straight double-double, and her fourth this season, with teams-highs of 25 assists and 11 digs.

Kerrigan Clem led all players with five blocks, while Natalia Velez matched her season-best for the third time in four matches, leading all players with 17 kills on .279 hitting.

Tori Wright added nine kills on .250 hitting, and Jade Bryant set a new season-high for the third match in a row with eight kills on .227 hitting.

University of the Sciences actually outhit Felician .209 to .183 and had only one fewer kill, 37-38, but the Devils could not overcome 14 service errors compared to the Golden Falcons' five.

Felician (9-1 CACC) scored five of the first six points of the afternoon and led by as many as nine seven times in the opening set, including at 20-11. USciences went on a 6-1 run to get as close as four, 17-21, but could not manage to get any closer.

The second set was much tighter, with the two teams trading 11 early ties and neither leading by more than two until Felician went on top 18-15 after completing a 6-3 surge.

University of the Sciences managed to pull within one, 21-22, with two kills from Velez, before the Golden Falcons took the two-set advantage with four of the final six points.

After Felician then took the first point of the third, the Devils finally got some momentum going with eight unanswered on Wright's serve as she provided three aces, with Velez adding two kills.

The Golden Falcons came all the way back to tie it at 12-12, only to have USciences regain control with three straight points on back-to-back kills from Wright and a Velez and Clem block.

Felician tied it back up at 16-16, the first of five ties down the stretch, before eventually breaking the final deadlock – 20-20 – with the final five points of the match.

University of the Sciences wraps up a three-match homestand this Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. against cross-city rival Holy Family.