ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Junior Courtney Wensel of the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team (9-5, 4-0 CACC) reached both 1000 career kills and 1000 career digs in the squad's sweeping victory over the Dominican Chargers (0-12, 0-4 CACC) on Saturday afternoon in Orangeburg, N.Y. by a 25-14, 25-13, 25-18 final.
Wensel entered the match needing 14 kills and seven digs to reach the 1000-plateau mark. She reached both in the third and final set on Saturday, clinching the match with her 1000th career kill, a figure she attained in just 76 career matches. She becomes the sixth with 1000 kills and the eighth with 1000 digs and the third to get both in the program's history (Emily Krauss [2004-07] and Celena Rendon [2006-09]).
After defeating Goldey-Beacom in Philadelphia on Friday night, the Rams turned right round and hit the road to Dominican College.
The win came as the sixth straight for the Rams who have also won eight of their last nine, helping to keep them 4-0 in conference play as the end of September looms.
In the first set, the Rams and Chargers were even at 4-4 before Jefferson went up by six at 15-9. The Rams would grab nine of the next 11 points to go up 24-12 before winning the set. Wensel had four kills in the first.
Jefferson found itself up 7-3 early in the second before extending it to 18-11 late. The Rams closed the second on a seven-point run to go up two sets in the match. Wensel had five kills in the second.
The Rams trailed early in the third, finishing themselves down 3-0 before a four-point run made it 4-3 in favor of Jefferson. Two four-point runs in the middle of the set made it 15-10 and then 19-12 for the Rams. With two kills through the Rams' first 19 points in the third, time was running out for Wensel to reach the 1000-kill mark before Jefferson swept the match. She got exactly three kills to make it 20-15, 24-17 and 25-18 to win the match for Jefferson and accomplish the feat. The junior also achieved her 1000th career kill late in the third set.
Wensel's 14 kills and nine digs came as a match high. Senior Corinne Justus hit .400 for the Rams with five kills on 10 total attacks. Junior Daniela Cintrón tied her season high with four kills on the afternoon.
Jefferson Volleyball now turns their attention to USciences on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. followed by Caldwell at home on Saturday, Sept. 30 at noon from the Gallagher Center.