PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team soundly won the third set, 25-14, but the Devils fell just short by identical 25-21 scores in the three others as Jefferson held on for a tight four-set victory in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play at Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday night.
Trailing 0-2 in the match, USciences also found itself trailing 5-7 in the third set before the Devils rattled off six straight points, capped by a Tori Wright service ace.
That was one of six aces on the night for Wright, who fell one shy of the program's single-match record in the 25-point era.
University of the Sciences took control of the set from that point forward and would eventually score the final six points, highlighted by two kills from both Wright and Sarah Miller.
USciences then took the first three points of the fourth, before Jefferson finally answered with an 8-2 run.
The Devils managed to tie it at 9-9 after three straight points, including another Wright ace, but they could never fully come back to take the lead as this time the Rams responded with an 8-3 spurt.
After University of the Sciences got as close as 18-19, Jefferson put the match away with six of the final nine points.
In addition to the six aces, Wright also had 13 kills and a season-best 13 digs to register her first career double-double.
Miller fell one kill shy of a match-high with 15, while Kerrigan Clem added seven on .333 hitting.
USciences actually had one more kill than Jefferson, as well as four more aces, but the Rams dominated the net with seven blocks compared to the Devils' one.
Bianca Galis was also in double-figures with 11 digs.
Trailing by as many as seven in the first set, USciences came all the way back to within one point, 19-18, behind Wright's serve, before Jefferson took the next two points to regain control.
The Devils then led 10-4 early in the second and were up as late as 19-18, only to have the Rams eventually close the set with the final four points.
University of the Sciences returns to the road to take on Wilmington in an 11 a.m. match this Saturday, Sept. 28.