SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team wrapped up its weekend at the Raider Classic, hosted by Shippensburg University, on a positive note by earning a pair of 3-0 victories. The Rams opened the day by sweeping Virginia State (25-18, 25-11, 25-13) and came back in the afternoon to knock off University of Virginia-Wise (25-20, 25-18, 25-18).
In the win against Virginia State, Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) and Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) combined for 30 of Philadelphia's (6-3) 45 kills to lead the Rams offense. Justus had a tremendous match as she put up a season-high 16 kills and had no attack errors in 26 attempts to hit .615 in the victory. Wensel recorded 14 kills to go along with a team-high 13 digs.
Olivia Manning (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) recorded a career-high 21 assists.
Philadelphia owned a two-point lead when the second of Justus' three set-one kills sparked a 7-2 run that gave the Rams a comfortable 23-16 lead. Justus had two kills during the surge, which was helped out by three Trojan errors.
Set two was all Philadelphia as the Rams opened the set with seven of the first eight points to take a six-point lead. Virginia State got as close as 14-10, but Philadelphia finished off the set with an 11-1 run to cruise to a 2-0 match lead. Justus had seven kills in the set, while Wensel had four. Philadelphia hit .429 as a team.
The Rams broke up a final set that was tight at the beginning with a 15-6 spurt that turned a 10-7 set into a 25-13 victory. Wensel recorded seven kills in the third set.
Against the Cavaliers, Wensel had 10 kills and a team-high 14 digs, while Amber Johnson (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) posted 10 kills and hit .529 during the match. Justus finished up with eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) tallied 34 assists.
With the first set tied at four, Philadelphia rattled off 13 of the next 19 points, led by three Johnson kills, to open up a 17-10 lead on an Emily Pilla (Nesquehoning, Pa./Marian Catholic) service ace. Virgina-Wise closed the gap to 23-20, but the Rams scored the final two points of the set to take a 1-0 lead.
Philadelphia overcame an early 6-3 deficit to tie the set at 11 on a Justus kill. With the Cavaliers up one (13-12), the Rams outscored 7-1 to move ahead by six (20-14). Four of the seven points came on Virginia-Wise errors. The Rams' defense forced the Cavaliers to hit .000 in the set.
After Virginia-Wise scored the first point of the last set, Philadelphia won the next six points to go up by five. The Cavaliers closed the gap to 9-8, but the Rams got kills six different players during a 12-3 run to lay claim to a 21-11 cushion and seal the match.
Philadelphia has its first home match of the season up next on Tuesday, Sept. 12 against Millersville at 6 p.m.