Women’s volleyball cruises to 3-0 victory at Goldey-Beacom

Women’s volleyball cruises to 3-0 victory at Goldey-Beacom

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team remained perfect in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play thanks to a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) at Goldey-Beacom Friday night in the Jones Center.

Back-to-back CACC player of the week Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) and Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) did a majority of the heavy lifting offensively, combining for 22 of the team's 35 kills. Wensel notched her 11th double-double of the year as she had 11 kills, 14 digs, and two services aces. Justus added 11 kills while hitting .421.

Alexis Leddy (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) racked up a career-high six service aces and a match-best 15 digs. Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) tallied 26 assists and two kills.

The Rams (12-3, 5-0 CACC)—winners of eight straight—established its authority right out of the gate as they sprinted out to a 12-0 set one advantage. Justus had four kills during the run, while Leddy delivered three service aces. Justus' sixth kill of the set increased the lead to 16-2. Goldey-Beacom used six straight points late in the set to trim the Philadelphia advantage to 20-13.

In the second set, Philadelphia ran off eight consecutive points—the final three coming on Leddy aces—to erase an early 5-0 deficit. With the Rams leading 12-9, Wensel came up with two kills and two aces during a 7-1 surge that widen the gap to 19-10. The lead reached a set-high 10 points (22-12) on Harrington's first kill of the evening. Philadelphia had a .261 attack percentage in the set, while Goldey-Beacom was held to a match-low .156.

Both offenses performed well in the final set as the Lightning hit a match-best .263 and the Rams owned a .233 attack percentage. Philadelphia took a four-point lead—the largest by either team in the third set—on an attack error that made the score 21-17. Goldey-Beacom rebounded with five of the next six points to even things up at 22. A Lightning service error with the score tied at 23 gave the Rams match point. Wensel ended the match on the next play with a kill.

Lindsay Przywara led Goldey-Beacom (4-5, 1-5 CACC) with a match-high 13 kills. Olivia Florence added 31 assists and eight digs.

Philadelphia comes back to the Gallagher Center for a CACC match against Bloomfield on Saturday, Oct. 1 at noon.