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.
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.
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.