PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team had its eight-match winning streak come to an end as the Rams fell to visiting Bloomfield 3-2 (26-24, 27-29, 25-18, 21-25, 14-16) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) racked up a career-high 23 kills and 20 digs to lead Philadelphia (12-4, 5-1 CACC). Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) had a season-best 18 kills and a .394 hitting percentage, while Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) added 12 kills and 22 digs.
Philadelphia erased a 19-15 Bloomfield lead with a 7-3 surge, capped by a Wensel kill, to even the opening set at 22. The Bears came right back with two straight Paola Noble kills to get to set point (24-22). Wensel got the Rams back on track with a kill and started a run of four straight points to give Philadelphia the first set. Harrington added one ace during the run, while Bloomfield committed to errors.
The Rams faced a 21-14 deficit in the second set after a Noble kill. Philadelphia dug deep and responded with nine consecutive points, three on Cadzow kills, to not only erase the deficit, but move ahead 24-21. Bloomfield fought off the set points thanks to three straight Philadelphia errors. After a 3-1 spurt put Philadelphia in front 27-26, Bloomfield rattled off the final three points of the set.
Philadelphia made sure to take control of the third set early on with a 9-4 surge to snap a 7-7 tie and take a 16-11 lead on a Wensel kill. With Bloomfield back within two points (16-14), Philadelphia outscored Bloomfield 7-2 to open up a set-high seven-point lead (23-16).
In the fourth set, Bloomfield scored five straight points, four on Philadelphia errors, to take a 24-19 lead. The Rams closed the gap to 24-21, but the Bears forced the fifth set on an Edmarie Freytes kill.
With the final set tied at six, the Bears went on a 6-2 run to open up a 12-8 advantage. After Philadelphia head coach Tim Moyer called timeout, the Rams fought their way back and knotted the set at 14 on back-to-back Emily Pilla (Nesquehoning, Pa./Marian Catholic) service aces. However, the Bears got kills from Nayade Paulino and Jacquelyn Madlock to end the match.
Noble led the Bears (8-9, 5-2 CACC) with 17 kills and 18 digs, while Samantha Rios recorded 28 digs.
Philadelphia will look to rebound when it hosts Georgian Court in a CACC match on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.