WILMINGTON, Del. – Freshman Tori Wright broke a 10-year-old program record for kills in a three-set match, and the USciences volleyball team completed a season sweep of Goldey-Beacom with a 3-0 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) triumph (25-22, 29-27, 25-23) at the Lightning on Tuesday evening.
It is the first time that the Devils have completed a season sweep of a CACC opponent since it did so against Goldey-Beacom in 2015.
Wright's 18 kills were one more than Cady Rich's previous program record set in 2009. She accomplished the feat on .350 hitting while also falling one dig shy of a sixth straight double-double.
Natalia Velez was not far off from the record herself as she finished with 14 kills on .290 hitting, to go along with 11 digs for her second consecutive double-double and seventh this season. She added a match-high four blocks to tie a season-best for the second match in a row.
Angeli Roman Medina fell one assist shy of a double-double with a team-high 18 assists.
Kerrigan Clem was third on the team with six kills on .364 hitting. She added two block assists to move into a tie for ninth in the program's single-season history.
University of the Sciences (8-8 CACC) had to erase five-point deficits in each of the opening two sets.
Trailing 6-11 early in the first and 20-21 late, the Devils closed the set with five of the final six points, three of which were Wright kills.
USciences then trailed 13-19 in the second before storming back, beginning with seven unanswered that once again featured three Wright kills.
Goldey-Beacom answered though, to the point it had two set points up 22-24 before back-to-back kills by Velez.
The Lightning then had another up 24-25, only to have Wright stave off this one with a kill, and USciences would have two set points of its own before finally converting the third.
The Devils would score the first three points of the final set en route to leading throughout, despite Goldey-Beacom getting as close as one on six separate occasions, including as late as 24-23 before a Clem kill finally sealed the victory.
University of the Sciences will look for a second season sweep of an opponent when it hosts CACC leader Georgian Court this Thursday at 7 p.m.