PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team (5-5, 1-0 CACC) moved back to .500 after sweeping the Wilmington Wildcats (4-5, 0-1 CACC) on Wednesday evening in the Rams' home and conference opener by a 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 final.
Jefferson trailed for just one point across the three-set match.
The Rams led the first set wire-to-wire. Sophomore Mariah Cadzow led Jefferson with four kills in the opening set, hitting .667. After an early lead, the set was tied at 8-8 before a five point-stretch made it 13-8 in favor of the Rams. Wilmington got within two late at 17-15 and 21-19 before three points by the Rams brought it to set point before a service error led to Jefferson taking the first.
Jefferson found themselves down for the first and only time in the match when the Wildcats grabbed a 4-3 lead in the second. A nine-point run by the Rams gave Jefferson a 12-4 advantage. Wilmington was able to fight back late. With Jefferson leading by 10 at 24-14, Wilmington got themselves within striking distance after scoring six-consecutive points to cut it to four. The Rams put the set away when Cadzow notched her seventh kill of the evening. Following two sets, junior Courtney Wensel led the Rams with nine kills after six in the second. Senior Corinne Justus was hitting .385 with six kills and only one error after two.
The Rams closed out the match in the third, jumping out to an 8-2 lead early. The Rams went up by 10 at 14-4, 15-5, 16-6 and 21-11. Jefferson closed out the set and the match behind a kill and service ace to clinch.
Justus ended up hitting a match-high .471 in the victory with nine kills on 17 total attacks. Wensel led the Rams with 13 kills while Cadzow tied with Justus for second at nine. Freshman Caitlin Crespo had a team-high 13 digs followed by junior Alexandra Harrington's 12 to go along with her 34 assists. Wensel was the third with a double-digit dig total at 10 for her sixth double-double on the season.
The Rams now host Queens College on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. from the Gallagher Center in a nonconference matchup.