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Volleyball’s Comeback Falls Just Short in Five-Set Defeat to Holy Family

Volleyball’s Comeback Falls Just Short in Five-Set Defeat to Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA – Seeking its first win over Holy Family since 2016, the USciences volleyball team forced a fifth set before its comeback attempt fell just short (22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match at Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday night.

Prior to tonight, USciences had not taken a set from the Tigers in the two teams' previous five matchups, but trailing two sets to one the Devils regrouped in the fourth to send the match to a decisive fifth.

University of the Sciences would score the first three points of the fifth and were still leading 6-3 after a Jade Bryant kill, before Holy Family scored three in a row to set up the first of five consecutive ties.

Back-to-back errors put the Devils on top 10-9, but the Tigers would regain momentum with four unanswered to ultimately pull away for the victory.

Bryant produced 15 kills to tie for the team-lead with Tori Wright, who also led USciences with a season-best 14 digs and a match-high four aces for her fourth double-double in the last six matches.

Natalia Velez also had 14 digs, while Angeli Roman Medina led the Devils 25 assists and added 10 digs for her third consecutive double-double.

Caelin Jaskot was second on the team with 13 assists to move into fifth in program history on the night with 1,057 for her career.

Kerrigan Clem recorded a team-high five block assists as USciences had a season-best 18, tied for its most since producing a program-record 22 in a win at Concordia on Oct. 14, 2017.

Trailing 14-15 in the first set, University of the Sciences took control with four straight points, capped by back-to-back Wright service aces, to help it take the early advantage.

Ahead 21-17 in the second, Holy Family (7-3 CACC) appeared to be on its way to tying the match at a set apiece before the Devils rattled off six consecutive points that was once against capped by a Wright service ace.

After HFU scored, a Velez Kill gave USciences set point, but the Tigers would go on to close out the set with four unanswered to tie that match at 1-1.

Holy Family struck late in the third as well, closing out the set on a 8-3 run after trailing 17-18 following a Danielle Taylor kill.

University of the Sciences stays within the city for a road match at Jefferson this Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.