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Volleyball Erases Two-Set Deficit to Rally Past Caldwell for First Double-Digit Win Season Since 2013

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

CALDWELL, N.J. – Down two sets and 10-14 in the third, the University of the Sciences volleyball team rallied past Caldwell for its 10th victory of the season on Friday evening, the Devils' first double-digit win campaign since 2013. 

Notably, USciences' seventh Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory is its most since the 2015.

Trailing 10-14 in the third, University of the Sciences (10-15, 7-8 CACC) began its rally with six of the next eight points to tie the score at 16.

Tied again at 17, a Tori Wright kill began a stretch of five unanswered that ended with a Kerrigan Clem solo block to help give the Devils life.  

The fourth, the only set in which neither team led by more than three, wound up tied at 20. Wright recorded consecutive kills only to have Caldwell even the score back up at 23-23, before back-to-back kills by Jade Bryant and Natalia Velez sent the match to a fifth set. 

USciences then completed the comeback in dominating fashion, turning the momentum into the first seven points, highlighted by two Wright kills, an Angeli Roman Medina service ace and a combined block from Clem and Velez. 

Caldwell (7-7 CACC) got as close as 11-8, only to have the Devils score the final four points.  

Wright's 24 kills tied a season-high for the second time in four matches and were nine more than any other player. 

The freshman also set a new season-best with 16 digs for her fifth consecutive double-double and 10th of the year. 

Lauren Lim had eight more digs than any other player, finishing the evening with 39, which was 18 more than her previous season-best.

Also with a double-double - her sixth of the year - was Velez, who had 13 kills and 10 digs, while also falling one block shy of Clem's team-high with a season-best four. 

Notably, Bryant was also in double-figures in kills for the fifth match in a row with 11. 

Roman Medina led the Devils with 30 assists. 

University of the Sciences scored four of the first five points of the evening, only to have Caldwell answer with five straight to begin an 11-2 run to take control of the opening set. 

USciences then trailed by three five separate time in the second, including as late as 11-14,  before a Wright kill began a stretch of three unanswered that put the Devils on top 23-20. 

Once again Caldwell had a response, rallying for six of the final seven points, capped by back-to-back kills after University of the Sciences had staved off the first set point. 

The Devils are back on the road next Tuesday, traveling to Goldey-Beacom for a 7 p.m. match.