PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team got itself back on-track with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) sweep of visiting Georgian Court Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) had a tremendous third set, recording nine kills and seven digs, to finish with a match-high 12 kills and a team-best 14 digs. Corinne Justus (Allentown, Pa./Emmaus) had six kills in the opening set victory on her way to an 11-kill, 3.5-block (two solo, three assist) night.
Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) added seven kills, 10 digs, and three service aces, while Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) racked up 38 assists, four digs, and three kills.
With the first set tied at eight, Philadelphia (13-4, 6-1 CACC)—a winner in nine of its last 10 matches—went on an 8-2 run to open up a 16-10 lead. Justus had two kills and a solo block during the surge, which was helped along by four Lion errors. The gap grew to a set-high nine (24-15) when Wensel served up an ace, one of three she had during the match.
Philadelphia came out of the gates strong in the set two, opening up an 8-2 lead. The lead reached nine for the first time in the set when Wensel recorded an ace to cap a 7-2 run. After Georgian Court cut the lead to 18-13, Philadelphia head coach Tim Moyer called a timeout. The Rams responded to the break with five over the six points to reclaim their nine-point cushion (23-14) on a Justus ace. Philadelphia had a match-high .300 attack percentage in the second set.
The final set started nearly the same way the opening set did with neither team being able to establish their dominance. The Rams appeared to break away with a 6-1 run to open up a 15-10 lead. After Georgian Court called timeout, the Lions closed the margin to 17-15, forcing Philadelphia to take a timeout. Like the second set, Philadelphia responded well to the timeout and ended the match on an 8-2 surge, including five Wensel kills. Philadelphia recorded a match-best 16 kills in set three.
Georgian Court (8-12, 5-2 CACC) got a team-high six kills from Melanee Coleman and a match-best 16 digs from Peggy Rosario.
The Rams finished the match with 43 kills and a .265 hitting percentage, while holding the Lions to 26 kills and a hitting percentage of .105.
Philadelphia heads to Nyack for a CACC match on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.