PhilaU athletics to honor women's cross country and women's volleyball Saturday

PhilaU athletics to honor women's cross country and women's volleyball Saturday

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University department of athletics will recognize its 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion women's cross country and women's volleyball teams during the Saturday, Jan. 28 basketball doubleheader against Dominican College in the Gallagher Center. The women's cross country team will be honored during halftime of the 2 p.m. women's game while women's volleyball is set to be acknowledged at the 4 p.m. men's game.

Women's cross country continued its CACC dominance last fall, winning the conference championship for the seventh time in eight years, third in a row, on Oct. 23.

Philadelphia had four runners place inside the top-15 and earn All-CACC honors. Stephanie Watson led the Rams with a runner-up finish in the 90-runner race. Meghan Horan came in fourth in her first CACC Championship. Jessica Thies finished in sixth, while Victoria Frisbie crossed the finish line in seventh.

In addition to the CACC Championship, Philadelphia also won Jack Saint Clair Memorial Cross Country Invitational and Philadelphia Metropolitan Cross Country Invitational team championships. The team went on to finish seventh in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship.

Women's volleyball had the most successful season in the program's 20-year history as the Rams claimed their first CACC championship with a 3-0 sweep of Caldwell University on Nov. 20, made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and finished the season with a 29-5 overall record. The 29 wins were the most in the East Region and 11th in all of Division II.

Philadelphia strung together 17 straight victories from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20, the second-longest winning streak in program history.

The team had four players earn a spot on the All-CACC team: Courtney Wensel (first team), Corinne Justus (first team), Alexandra Harrington (second team), and Amber Johnson (third team). Wensel and Justus were also selected to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association All-East Region second team.