Women’s volleyball grounds Lightning for 3-1 victory

Women’s volleyball grounds Lightning for 3-1 victory

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team recorded its 20th win in its last 21 outings after fighting off visiting Goldey-Beacom College 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-20) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.

The eighth-ranked team in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings, Philadelphia improves to 24-4 overall and 16-1 in CACC play. The Rams are on a 12-match winning streak.

Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic), the reigning CACC player of the week, led the Rams with 16 kills and a match-high 19 digs. Amber Johnson (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) had a strong match as she notched 11 kills, while hitting .556, and two solo blocks. Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) had 33 assists and four digs.

Goldey-Beacom (11-14, 6-12 CACC) recorded 14 kills and a .367 attack percentage, compared to Philadelphia's nine kills and .261 attack percentage, to win a tight first set. The third of Lindsay Przywara's eight first set kills started a 5-1 run that put the Lightning ahead 18-15. Philadelphia fought back to close within 21-20 on a ball-handling error. Goldey-Beacom scored four of the final five points to win the set.

Philadelphia head coach Tim Moyer called a timeout with the Rams trailed 9-7. The timeout paid off as the Rams came to life to win the second set in dominating fashion, outscoring the Lightning 18-5 the rest of the way. Wensel recorded five of her seven second-set kills during the surge. Johnson had two kills in the set, while Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) added two early service aces.

The Rams were behind for a majority of the third set, but ran off four straight points lay claim to a 19-17 advantage on a Wensel kill. After Goldey-Beacom tied the set at 19, Philadelphia scored four of the next five points to move ahead by three (23-20). Within the Lightning back within one (24-23), Daniela Cintron (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Academia Maria Reina) closed out the set with her first and only kill of the match.

Johnson led the Rams in the final set as she tallied five kills, three during a 6-1 run that put Philadelphia up 23-18. After Goldey-Beacom got back to 23-20, Wensel ended the match with a kill and a service ace.

Przywara had a match-high 19 kills for the Lightning, while Grace McCarthy had 15 kills and 10 digs.

Philadelphia hosts Chestnut Hill in its final home match of the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.