FROSTBURG, Md. – The University of the Sciences volleyball team took the opening two sets against Alderson Broaddus, but could not finish off the Rattlers in an eventual five-set loss in a neutral match at Frostburg State on Friday night.
After winning sets one and two by identical 25-23 scores, the Devils could not pressure AB late in any of the final three sets (19-25, 12-25, 9-15).
USciences threatened in the third after a Natalia Velez kill and Kerrigan Clem service ace got the Devils within one, 20-19, only to have Alderson Broadus close out the set with the final five points.
The Rattlers then rattled off five of the first six points in the fourth, as it led throughout, before scoring the first three points of the fifth.
University of the Sciences showed character by taking the next five points, and the Devils were still on top 8-7 after a Velez kill, but once again AB closed strong with eight of the final nine points.
Velez led all players with a season-high 16 kills, while Danielle Taylor recorded a match-high 18 digs.
Playing in her first match of the season, sophomore Caelin Jaskot had a team-best 19 assists to move into sixth in program history with 786 for her career.
University of the Sciences led by as many as six, 12-6, early on in the first set but were forced to battle back with seven of the final 10 points, which included two kills from Sarah Miller.
Down 9-10 early in the second, USciences took control with a 9-2 run but would have to hold off the Rattlers, who got as close as 24-23 before Velez gave the Devils a 2-0 advantage with a set-sealing kill.
University of the Sciences continues play at Frostburg State tomorrow, taking on the host at 11 a.m. before wrapping up its weekend against Bowie State at 1 p.m.