PHILADELPHIA – In search of its first win over Wilmington in 10 years, the University of the Sciences volleyball team dropped two close sets in a four-set Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss (29-27, 24-26, 25-15, 25-23) to the Wildcats on Wednesday evening at Bobby Morgan Arena.
Tori Wright fell one kill and one service ace shy of program records for a four-set match (25-point era) with match-highs of 21 and six, respectively, the latter tying a season-best.
She added 13 digs for her fourth consecutive double-double, and her ninth this season.
Angeli Roman Medina also posted a double-double, her sixth this season, with a team-high 25 assists and 14 digs.
Lauren Lim fell one dig shy of her season-best with a team-high 20.
Both Lim and Natalia Velez had a season-best four service aces, as USciences finished with a season-high 14 to tie for its most in a match since the 2017 season-opener.
Kerrigan Clem led University of the Sciences with four blocks.
Trailing 23-21 in the opening set after five straight Wilmington points, a Velez kill and back-to-back service aces by Wright gave USciences the first of three set-points, which the Devils failed to convert as the Wildcats eventually scored the final three points.
University of the Sciences would come right back and stave off two Wilmington set-points in the second, ending the set on a 4-0 run that began and ended with a Wright kill.
After the Wildcats ran away with the third set thanks in large part to an 11-1 run, the Devils regrouped to score six of the first nine points in the fourth.
Clem and Velez each provided a kill and a block as three unanswered later on put USciences back on top 13-11, and the Devils would lead until three straight Wilmington points made the score 17-16.
After a Wright service ace tied the score back up 20-20, the Wildcats took four of the next five points for the first of three match-points.
Back-to-back kills by Velez and Bryant killed off the first two, before Wilmington would finally close out the victory.
University of the Sciences hits the road for a 6 p.m. match at Caldwell this Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.