Volleyball starts CACC play with sweep of USciences

Volleyball starts CACC play with sweep of USciences

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team opened Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play by sweeping the University of the Sciences 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-15) and for its fourth straight win Friday night in the Gallagher Center.

Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) led the Philadelphia (8-3, 1-0 CACC) offense with eight kills—five in the opening set, while Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) added six kills—five in the second set—five service aces, and 12 digs.

Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) tallied 21 assists. Alexis Leddy (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) posted a team-high 13 digs.

The Rams recorded just 31 kills—the fewest in a win this season—but had a season-high 13 service aces.

Philadelphia went right to work as it ran out to a quick 10-3 lead. Cadzow had three kills and a service ace to help the Rams get the early advantage. A string of six straight points, capped off by one of four Emily Pilla (Nesquehoning, Pa./Marian Catholic) service aces, extended to margin to a set-high 13 points (21-8). Lauren Laucella (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) closed out the set, recording the team's fourth set-one ace. The Rams had a match-best .250 attack percentage.

Wensel controlled the second set as she posted five kills, four service aces—three in a row to get the Rams ahead 4-0—and four digs. With Philadelphia's lead down to 5-4, the Rams would score nine of the next 11 points to widen the gap to 14-6 on a Devils' error. Wensel led the surge with three kills, while Harrington added two. USciences (1-3, 0-1 CACC) got as close as four on a Sarah Miller kill that made the score 15-11. The Rams didn't let the visitors get any closer, running off five consecutive points to claim a nine-point lead (20-11) thanks to Wensel's final ace in the set.

The final set wasn't an offensive masterpiece as Philadelphia had a .036 attack percentage, but USciences recorded 13 errors to hit -.235. Philadelphia saw an early 10-5 lead evaporate as USciences went on a 7-1 run to take a 12-11 advantage. The Rams responded with seven of the next eight points to reclaim a five-point cushion (18-13) on a Devil error. After the gap was closed to four, the Rams ended the match on a 7-1 run—that included two Cadzow kill and four Devil attack errors.

Miller had eight kills for USciences, while Meghan Neff had 14 digs.

Philadelphia heads to Caldwell for a CACC match on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m.