LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) posted a match-high 12 kills and Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) contributed 10 kills and two blocks as the Philadelphia University women's volleyball team got back in the win column with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-20) non-conference sweep at Lincoln University Wednesday night in Manuel Rivero Hall.
Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) recorded 20 assists and two digs during the first two sets, while Olivia Manning (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) had 11 assists in the final set. Alexis Leddy (Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic) was the defensive leader with 16 digs.
Reigning CACC rookie of the week Amber Johnson (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) had five kills, one assist, and one block assist.
The Rams (3-2) cruised out to a 10-2 advantage during the early stages of the first set. Justus was the offensive leader during the surge, which was helped along by five Lincoln (0-5) errors, with two kills. After the Lions closed the margin to four (12-8), Lincoln committed an attack error—one of nine it had in the set—to start a 7-1 Philadelphia run that extended the gap to 19-9. The Rams recorded a match-best .206 hitting percentage in the set-one win.
Philadelphia started set two by scoring seven of the first eight points, two on Johnson kills, before Lincoln countered with five straight points to pull within 7-6. Wensel not only settled the Rams down with a kill, but was the catalyst for a 9-1 surge that extended the lead to 17-7. The lead grew to a set-high 12 points (23-11) on a Wensel ace. Justus paced the Rams with four kills, while Johnson added three.
Like the first two sets, Philadelphia got off to a fast start in the final set, recorded eight of the first nine points. Four different Rams had one kill each during the run, which was led by two Leddy aces. The Lions managed to make the set competitive, using a 5-1 run to close the Ram cushion to 20-18. Philadelphia responded with three straight points to reclaim a five-point lead and take the match from there.
Mariah Russell paced Lincoln with a team-high six kills. Shanna King recorded a double-double consisting of 10 assists and 11 digs.
Philadelphia travels to Shippensburg for the Raider Classic on Sept. 9-10. The Rams will open with Shepherd at 10 a.m. and then will face the host Raiders at 3 p.m.