Volleyball wins seventh in a row; Defeats Post 3-1

Volleyball wins seventh in a row; Defeats Post 3-1

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team continued its run of strong play, picking up its seventh win in a row as the Rams knocked off defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Post 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-23) Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

As a team, Philadelphia (11-3, 4-0 CACC) racked up 59 kills—47 from the trio of Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsvile, Pa./Berks Catholic), Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus), and Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield).

Wensel posted a match-best 18 kills, while hitting .232, and a season-high 24 digs. It was Wensel's 10th double-double of the season, sixth during the Rams' current winning streak.

Cadzow recorded her fourth double-double this year with a 12-kill, 16-dig afternoon. Justus compiled 17 kills and had an attack percentage of .238.

Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) posted 48 assists and eight digs.

Neither team was able to gain much control in the opening set as the teams were tied 11 times and the largest lead was three points. With the set even at 21, Philadelphia committed back-to-back errors to give Post a 23-21 lead. After Ariana Rosario (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/CPN) recorded a kill to bring the Rams back within one, the Eagles' Skylar German ended the set with consecutive kills.

The Rams erased an early 6-3 deficit with five straight points to grab an 8-6 lead on an Eagle error. Later in the set, Philadelphia went on a 10-3 surge—that featured six kills from five different players—to break a 10-all tie and take a 21-14 lead. Post closed the gap to 21-17, but a Justus kill stopped the Post momentum and started a 4-1 run that would end the set.

Philadelphia recorded 17 kills and a .300 attack percentage in a dominating set-three victory. After Post tied the set at six on an attack error, Philadelphia ran off nine of the next 11 points to grab a 15-8 advantage on a Justus and Cadzow block. With Post back within five (15-10), Philadelphia—led by three Justus kills and two Cadzow kills—scored 10 of the final 14 points in the set to move ahead two sets to one.

A 7-2 surge, capped by an Eagle attack error, allowed Philadelphia to turn a three-point deficit (7-4) into a two-point lead (11-9). Post rallied with three straight points—two on Philadelphia errors—to tie the set at 16. Justus broke the tied with a kill and started a 7-2 run that put the Rams ahead 23-18. Post made it close with four straight points to get within one (24-23), but Cadzow ended the match with a kill.

Hailey Griffin led Post (10-3, 2-1 CACC) with 14 kills and 13 digs, while German finished with 14 kills.

Philadelphia heads to Goldey-Beacom for a CACC match on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.