PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) posted 12 kills and 17 digs, both match highs, to power the Philadelphia University women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-14) victory over Millersville in its home opener Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Wensel led a Philadelphia (7-3) squad that recorded a .271 attack percentage, the team's third-best percentage of the season, and 66 digs, the second-highest total of 2016.
Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield)—the current Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rookie of the week—contributed nine kills and 12 digs. Amber Johnson (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) had six kills and a .667 attack percentage, while Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) notched five kills while hitting .385.
Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) racked up a match-up 27 assists.
Led by seven Wensel kills, Philadelphia mounted a tremendous offensive attack in the opening set with 16 kills without an error and a .500 attack percentage. Despite the strong numbers, the Rams were unable to establish their dominance early on, leading by no more than two (11-9). With the set even at 12, Millersville's Katie Laughman committed a service error that would be the beginning of a 14-3 run that would give Philadelphia the set. The Rams had eight kills during the surge, five from Wensel and two from Johnson.
Philadelphia used a brief 3-1 spurt to extend a one-point set two lead to 10-6 on a Wensel kill, one of four that she had during the set. After the advantage grew to 20-15 on a Millersville error, the Marauders (2-4) rattled off four straight points to cut the gap to one and forced Ram head coach Tim Moyer to call a timeout. Philadelphia ran off five straight points after the timeout, two via Justus kills, to take a 2-0 set lead.
The third set was all about the Philadelphia defense as the Rams forced the Marauders into a -.083 attack percentage. Philadelphia scored 16 of the final 21 points to turn a 9-all score into a match victory. Half of Philadelphia's points during the 16-5 run came on Millersville attack errors. Cadzow led the Ram offense with three kills.
Erin Harman paced Millersville with 12 kills, while Grace Dawson tallied 26 assists and 11 digs.
Philadelphia opens Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference against the University of the Sciences on Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.