PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's volleyball team came from two sets to one down to close out the regular season with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Holy Family Saturday afternoon in the Campus Center.
Philadelphia—who is eighth in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings—ends the regular season with an overall record of 26-4 and the CACC southern division title with an 18-1 conference mark. The Rams have won 14 straight matches—the third-longest streak in program history.
The Rams begin the CACC Tournament against Nyack College on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. Philadelphia won the only meeting of the season between the two schools, 3-1 on Oct. 8 at Nyack.
Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) and Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) each recorded 15 kills to lead the Philadelphia offense. Wensel also had 12 digs to complete her 24th double-double of the season.
After not leading and hitting -.107 in the first set, the Rams got off to a strong start in the second set as they opened up a 15-6 lead. Laucella led the surge with two kills and one service ace. The gap grew to 13 (21-8) on a Holy Family attack error that capped a run of five straight Philadelphia points.
Philadelphia owned an 18-9 advantage thanks to a 10-1 run that broke an 8-all tie. Wensel had three kills during the run, while Harrington recorded two aces and one kill. After Holy Family called a timeout, the Tigers bounced back to outscore the Rams 16-5—including the final five points—to take the set.
Philadelphia erased a 20-17 fourth-set deficit with six straight points—three on Wensel aces—to move ahead 23-20. With the Tigers back within one (23-22), Cadzoe recorded a kill and Pilla served up an ace to send the match to a fifth set. The Rams won the set despite the Tigers hitting a match-high .357.
The final set was a nervy, back-and-fourth affair that featured 11 ties and nine lead changes. Philadelphia trailed 12-11 before Wensel recorded a kill to even the match. Wensel was able to serve out the match with an ace, a bad set by the Tigers, and her 15th kill of the afternoon. Philadelphia had a .261 attack percentage in the set.
Chase Wassel led Holy Family (14-16, 11-8 CACC) with 22 kills and 10 digs.