PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team will make its second straight appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament semifinal round after sweeping Nyack, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-20), in a quarterfinal Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
The southern division champion Rams—who are eighth in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings—improve to 27-4 overall thanks to their 15th straight win. Nyack, the northern division fourth seed, ends its season at 11-20.
Philadelphia will take on Bloomfield—a 3-0 first-round winner over Holy Family—in a semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at Wilmington University. The Bears are the last team to defeat the Rams, 3-2 on Oct. 1 in the Gallagher Center.
Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) recorded her 25th double-double of the season—13th during the streak—as she had a match-high 16 kills and 10 digs, tying teammate Ariana Rosario (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/CPN) for the most in the match.
After falling behind 2-0, Philadelphia came to life, rattling off 12 straight points to take a 12-2 lead on a Rosario service ace. Nyack made an attempt to get back in the set, closing the gap to 15-11 on a Jillian Smith ace. With Philadelphia ahead 21-16, Justus recorded her third kill of the set to start a run of four points to close it out.
An 8-2 run, featuring two aces and one kill from Harrington, allowed Philadelphia to open up a 15-7 advantage. Four different Rams had a kill during the surge. The gap ballooned to 10 (24-14) when Wensel recorded the fifth of her six set two kills to cap a run of six straight points. Nyack managed to pull within 24-19 by scoring five straight points.
Justus broke a 3-all deadlock with her first kill of the third set and started a 5-0 surge that put the Rams up 8-3. Nyack came back to even the set at 17, but Philadelphia reclaimed the momentum with five consecutive points to go up 22-17 on a Wensel kill. Philadelphia was able to cruise from there.
Abby Wright had five kills to lead the Warriors.