Volleyball Comes Back To Take Road Match at Wilmington

Volleyball Comes Back To Take Road Match at Wilmington

NEWARK, Del. – The Thomas Jefferson University volleyball team (12-8, 7-4 CACC) came from behind to defeat host Wilmington (Del.) (15-10, 7-4 CACC), 3-1 on Tuesday night.

GAMEPLAY
There were five ties early in the opening set before the Rams took a 10-7 lead. Jefferson stayed in front until it was 18-14. Then, the Wildcats stunned the Rams with an 11-2 rally to steal the set, 25-20.

The teams went back and forth again to start the second with Wilmington holding a 5-4 advantage. Jefferson recorded five straight points to go in front. The score was 15-11 when the Rams exploded for 10 of the next 12 points to close the frame, 25-13.

Jefferson remained hot to begin the third, jumping out to a 6-0 lead. The Wildcats got within one (8-7) before the Rams tallied five points in a row for some breathing room. Jefferson built the lead to 18-11 but Wilmington rallied to close the gap to two (20-18). However, the Rams followed with five of the next six points to win the stanza, 25-19.

There were eight ties in the early part of the fourth. With the score even at 11, the Wildcats had a 5-1 run to go ahead but Jefferson responded with an 11-2 stretch to take a 23-18 advantage. Wilmington fought back to get within one (24-23) before the Rams finished the match with a kill.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Junior Logan Dontell posted a .364 hitting percentage with five kills, four service aces, five digs and six blocks.
- Juniors Abigail Kress and Lauren Kloos totaled 12 and 10 kills respectively. Kress added 10 digs.
- Junior Cassandra Hickman produced nine kills and senior Amber Johnson registered seven.
- Seniors Alexis Leddy and Mariah Cadzow and junior Caitlin Crespo contributed with 19, 18 and 12 digs respectively. Leddy also had five service aces.
- Sophomore Molly Hand compiled 42 assists.

NOTES
- Cadzow surpassed the 800-dig mark for her career and now has 807.
- It was the Rams' 10th straight win against the Wildcats.
- Jefferson pulled into third place in the CACC South Division with the victory. The Rams and Wildcats both have a 7-4 conference record but Jefferson owns the tiebreaker due to its head-to-head sweep.

NEXT UP
Jefferson returns to the Gallagher Center to take on USciences on Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m. The Rams topped the Devils, 3-1 on the road on September 24.