PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University volleyball team (17-10, 12-6 CACC) succumbed to Chestnut Hill (14-13, 11-8 CACC), 3-1 in a CACC match on Wednesday night.
The Griffins led 4-3 in the first set before increasing their advantage with four straight points. However, the Rams rallied back with a 6-1 run to tie the score at nine. Chestnut Hill posted the next four points to make it 13-9. The Griffins held the lead for the rest of the frame. Holding on to a two-point cushion (19-17), they pulled away for a 25-18 win.
In the second, Jefferson had a slim advantage for the early portion. With the score 12-9, the Rams had a 7-1 run to up the margin to nine. CHC rallied to cut the deficit to one (21-20) but Jefferson held the Griffins off for a 25-22 decision.
After conceding the first two points of the third, Chestnut Hill recorded the next five to take a three-point lead. The Rams caught up at 17 apiece, the first of eight ties. With the score deadlocked at 25, the Griffins took advantage of a pair of Jefferson miscues for the 27-25 victory.
The score was even at three in the fourth set when CHC tallied four straight to make it 7-3. The Rams were unable to catch up, only getting within two, as the Griffins clinched the match, 25-20.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Junior Lauren Kloos totaled a career-high 22 kills. She had a .356 hitting percentage and added four digs and two blocks.
- Juniors Abigail Kress and Cassandra Hickman each had 11 kills.
- Junior Logan Dontell contributed with nine kills and three blocks.
- Sophomore Molly Hand amassed 49 assists, two service aces and six digs.
- Senior Alexis Leddy posted a team-high 17 digs while senior Mariah Cadzow and junior Caitlin Crespo chipped in with 16 and 10 digs respectively.
- Leddy is within 11 digs of Courtney Wensel's program record of 1,565.
- Kloos recorded her 700th career kill, including her time at LIU-Post.
With Wilmington's loss on Wednesday, the Rams are locked in to the third seed in the South Division for the CACC Tournament. Jefferson will travel to the second seed in the North Division, which could be Felician, Bloomfield or Caldwell, for the quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 19 at 6 p.m. Georgian Court and Holy Family are still battling for the top spot in the South while Wilmington has the fourth seed secured.
Jefferson ends the regular season at home versus Felician on Saturday, November 16 at 1:30 p.m.