PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University volleyball team (15-9, 10-5 CACC) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat visiting Concordia (N.Y.) (6-11, 5-10 CACC), 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 3-2 in the opening set, the Rams reeled off four straight points to take the lead. The Clippers rallied to tie the score at 10 but Jefferson responded with an 8-1 run to go ahead 18-11. The Rams went on to win the frame, 25-16.
Jefferson jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second. Concordia climbed back into the set and the teams traded the lead until it was tied at 17. The Clippers scored five of the next six points to go ahead 22-18 on the way to winning the stanza, 25-22.
Concordia led 4-1 to start the third before the Rams had a 6-0 rally for the lead. Jefferson later held an 18-14 advantage prior to an 8-3 Clippers' run that gave Concordia a 22-21 advantage. The score was tied at 23 before Concordia scored two straight points to win the set.
Early in the fourth, the score was even at two. Then, the Rams recorded five consecutive points to go in front. Jefferson dominated the rest of the set on the way to a 25-11 win.
The teams battled back and forth in the fifth until it was even at nine apiece. Jefferson had back-to-back points to go ahead by two. The Clippers were not able to get back level and the Rams won the match with a 15-12 victory.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Junior Lauren Kloos led the way with 15 kills, eight digs and four blocks.
- Senior Amber Johnson and junior Cassandra Hickman notched 11 kills apiece. Johnson had a .471 hitting percentage and four blocks while Hickman added five blocks.
- Junior Abigail Kress contributed with 10 kills.
- Sophomore Molly Hand compiled 47 assists and senior Alexis Leddy had 28 digs.
- Junior Logan Dontell chipped in with eight blocks and junior Caitlin Crespo tallied four service aces.
- Senior Mariah Cadzow and Crespo each had nine digs.
- The Rams honored seniors Alexis Leddy, Mariah Cadzow, Ariana Rosario and Amber Johnson prior to the match.
- Leddy became only the second Ram to reach the 1,500-dig mark. She is 61 behind Courtney Wensel's program record of 1,565.
- Kloos reached 100 career blocks, including her time at LIU Post.
Jefferson heads to Goldey-Beacom on Thursday, November 7 for a 7 p.m. match.