PHILADELPHIA – Outside hitter Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) recorded a match-high 11 kills and tied her career-high of digs as the Philadelphia University women's volleyball team picked up a gritty 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-23) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Chestnut Hill Thursday night in the Gallagher Center.
With the win, Philadelphia—who is eighth in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings—extends its winning streak to 23 and improves to 25-4 overall, 17-1 in CACC play.
The Rams has reached 25 wins for the fourth time in program history, the first since 2009. The 13-match winning streak is the fourth longest streak in Ram history.
Amber Johnson (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) added nine kills, while Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) tallied seven kills. Alexandra Harrington (St. Leonard, Md./Huntingtown) racked up 35 assists and 10 digs, while Emily Pilla (Nesquehoning, Pa./Marian Catholic) had 16 digs.
Philadelphia struggled offensively, hitting just .107—the team's lowest attack percentage in a win this season and third lowest overall. However, the Rams had 79 digs, the most in a three-set match this year.
Trailing 16-11, Philadelphia ran off eight straight points, five on Chestnut Hill errors, to open up a 19-16 lead—its largest of the set. The Griffins came back with three points in a row to even the set at 19. The teams traded points until Philadelphia broke a 25-all tie with Cadzow and Harrington kills to win the set.
In the second set, a Chestnut Hill service error started a 5-1 Philadelphia run that put the Rams ahead 19-15 on a Wensel kill. After the Griffins came back to even the score at 22, the Rams ran off the final three points of the second set.
Philadelphia opened up a 14-10 lead after a pair of Chestnut Hill errors. With the Ram lead holding steady at four (17-13), the Griffins outscored the Rams 7-2 to reclaim a one-point lead (20-19). After Philadelphia head coach Tim Moyer stopped play with a timeout, the Rams scored five straight points to move within one point of victory (24-20). Chestnut Hill nearly fought off all four match points, scoring three straight times, but Becca Lutterschmidt (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) ended the match fourth kill of the night.
Chestnut Hill (12-15, 10-8 CACC) got 11 kills and 18 kills from Reily Byxbee and 11 kills and 15 digs from Madison McBride.
Philadelphia closes out the regular season with a CACC match at Holy Family on Saturday, Nov. 12 at noon.