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Volleyball Comes Back Twice to Overcome Nyack in Season-Finale on Senior Day

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences volleyball team came back twice to overcome Nyack in five sets (19-25, 25-12, 20-25, 26-24, 15-13) in its season-finale at Bobby Moran Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Prior to match, the Devils honored seniors Sarah Miller, Danielle Taylor, Abbigail Miller, Jenna Kwiecisnki and Samantha Spurrier for Senior Day.

University of the Sciences ends its season with 12 overall wins and nine Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victories, both its most since the 2013 season.

The Devils had to stave off a match-point in the fourth to force a fifth set first though, where they would be forced to rally once more.

Trailing 8-4, University of the Sciences scored four of the next five points to get within one, only to have Nyack tally two in a row to go up 11-8.

The Devils had one more comeback in them, responding with four unanswered to spark a match-ending 7-2 run that included three points from Kerrigan Clem.

Clem paired for a block with Caelin Jaskot to knot the score at 11-11 before her kill gave USciences a 12-11 advantage.

After Nayck tied the score back up at 12, a Tori Wright kill gave the Devils the lead for good after Clem this time paired with Natalia Velez for a block.

Nyack staved off a match-point of its on to make the score 14-13, but this time it was Velez finally putting an end to the back-and-forth affair with a match-ending kill.

Wright fell two kills shy of the program-record in the 25-point era with 27 on .257 hitting, and the freshman added 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.

She ends the year with 329 kills, which now ranks eighth in the program's single-season annals, while her 57 service aces rank fifth.

Velez recorded the second most kills on the afternoon with 17, while also tallying 18 digs for her ninth double-double of the year.

She matched Clem with a team-high four blocks, with Clem also finishing third on the team with eight kills on .471 hitting.

Clem's 55 block assists this year are the fourth most in the program's single-season history.

Lindsey Phan led University of the Sciences with a season-best four service aces, one shy of a match-high, while Lauren Lim fell one dig shy of leading all players with 23.

Angeli Roman Medina fell one dig shy of a double-double with a team-high 33 assists, which put her in 10th in the program's single-season history with 598 on the year.

Caelin Jaskot added 24 assists as University of the Sciences set new season-bests in both assists (60) and kills (64)

Nyack opened the first set with the first five points while USciences opened the second with the first seven, as the two teams split the opening two sets.

The Devils erased multiple four-point deficits early in the third and were leading 17-16, but the Warriors would close the set on a 9-3 run, which included the final five points.

Nyack looked to be on its way to a four-set victory after taking a 13-7 advantage in the fourth, but University of the Sciences came back with eight unanswered.

From there, neither team would lead by more than two points while seven ties were shared down the stretch.

The Warriors had a match-point up 24-23, but a Wright kill staved it off before an error and Wright service ace sent the match to a fifth set.