PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team (6-5) moved above .500 for the first time this season as the Rams took down the Queens Knights (1-4) in three sets, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17, on Friday night in a nonconference matchup.
The three-set win came as the Rams' fourth sweep on the season
Junior Courtney Wensel led all players with 16 kills, tied for a team-high .375 hitting percentage on 32 total attacks with just four errors. Freshman Abigail Kress hit .353 in the victory behind nine kills on 17 total attacks. Sophomore Mariah Cadzow led both squads with 15 digs on the night. The Rams also notched five service aces on the evening; one from each Cadzow, freshman Caitlin Crespo, senior Corinne Justus, Kress and Wensel. Freshman Logan Dontell hit .375 with four kills and one error on eight attack attempts.
Jefferson never lost the lead in the first set. The Rams held a five-point advantage at 11-6 and 13-8 before extending it to seven at 17-10 and 20-13. The margin helped cushion Jefferson towards a first set win, 25-18.
The Rams used five three-point runs in the second set to go up 2-0 in the match. Wensel recorded six kills in the middle set. Dontell, Justus, Kress, Wensel were each hitting at least .300 through two.
In the third set, Jefferson had to fight back after finding themselves down 7-3 early. Head coach Tim Moyer called timeout for the Rams to regroup and the squad came out to even the closing set with four-straight points, 7-7. The Rams regained the lead at 9-8 but lost two-straight points to the Knights. The set now favored Queens, 10-9. A six-point run for the Rams put them up by five, a lead they would not lose again as they went on to close out, 25-17.
The Rams now play on the road at Georgian Court in a conference affair on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.