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.
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.