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Volleyball Drops Close Second Set in Loss to CACC Leader Georgian Court

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team nearly took the second set from Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) leader Georgian Court in an eventual 3-0 loss (25-16, 26-24, 25-19) loss at Bobby Morgan Arena on Thursday evening.

After the Lions (13-3 CACC) pulled away in the first, they opened the second with 11 of the first 15 points.

USciences called a timeout and would recompose itself with three unanswered to begin an eventual 15-6 surge that included service aces from Lauren Lim, Tori Wright, Lindsey Phan and Natalia Velez.

Back-to-back kills by Wright capped off the run to give the Devils a 19-17 advantage, but Georgian Court come back with the next three points to regain the lead.  

University of the Sciences went back on top after back-to-back GCU errors, only to have the Lions rattle off three in a row once more.

After the two teams traded points, back-to-back kills by Wright and Velez staved off two set-points, before Georgian Court finally closed out the set.  

With the score 6-4 USciences in the third, the Lions tallied seven unanswered as part of a 12-3 flurry that eventually put the match out of reach.

Angeli Roman Medina led all players with 17 assists, while Velez produced team-highs of 10 kills and three service aces.

Wright also had 10 kills, and the freshman added a service ace to move into a tie for eighth in the program's single-season history with 52 on the year.

Also moving her way up the record book was fellow freshman Kerrigan Clem, who had two block assists to move into a tie for seventh in the program's single-season annals with 51.

Jennifer Marrero posted a team-high three blocks, while Lauren Lim led USciences with 11 digs.

Jade Braynt added eight kills.

University of the Sciences plays its final road match of the season when it travels to Concordia for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday.