Volleyball Splits Saturday Doubleheader Against Queens, Saint Anselm at ESU Invite

Volleyball Splits Saturday Doubleheader Against Queens, Saint Anselm at ESU Invite

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team split its Saturday doubleheader at the East Stroudsburg Invitational to close out the two-day invite. In their first match of the day, the Rams defeated Queens, 25-17, 25-14, 25-22, to grab their first win of 2018 and the first victory of first-year head coach Latifa Raheem's career.

For her play in the four-match, two-day event, senior Courtney Wensel was named to the ESU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

JEFFERSON DEF. QUEENS, 25-17, 25-14, 25-22
-Logan Dontell owned a team-high 11 kills while hitting .381 with two blocks.
-Courtney Wensel managed nine kills and a team-high 13 digs in the win.
-Amber Johnson and Abigail Kress each had six kills. Kress also hit .429 in her 14 total attempts.
-Alexandra Harrington led the match with 24 assists.
-Daniela Cintron had two service aces while Caitlin Crespo had one.

Tied 7-7 in the first set, Jefferson used a 11-4 run to go up 18-11 before stretching their lead to eight at 21-13 and 22-14.

The Rams came out strong again in the second set to take a 2-0 match lead. Up 5-3 early, Jefferson turned in eight-straight points to take a 13-3 edge. Queens was only able to get within eight points twice at 19-11 and 20-12 as Jefferson cruised in the second.

In the third set, the Rams found themselves down 11-8 in a tight set. After tying it up 11-all, the two squads traded points with neither team going up by more than two until the Rams grabbed a late 24-21 lead to force match point. A kill by Wensel finished off the set and the match with Jefferson on top.

SAINT ANSELM DEF. JEFFERSON, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22
Jefferson carried over the momentum from its win earlier on the day as the Rams grabbed the first set over Saint Anselm, but the Hawks proved too strong as they took sets two, three and four for the win.

-Courtney Wensel tied a game-high with 15 kills while leading the match with 19 digs.
-Logan Dontell, Amber Johnson, Cassandra Hickman and Abigail Kress each had seven kills in the loss.
-Behind Wensel's 19, Caitlin Crespo has 11 digs.
-Alexandra Harrington had 40 assists.

Jefferson jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first set before a run by the Hawks tied it up, 7-7. The Rams were able to pull back ahead midway through the set, 15-11, and stretched their edge from there, 25-17.

Saint Anselm never gave up its lead in the second set after going up 1-0. The Rams tied it up early but could not get that go-ahead point.

The trend continued in the third set before Jefferson tied it up again, 15-15. The Hawks regained the lead and the Rams kept it close, getting back within one at 24-23 but could not tie it back up.

Trailing 2-1 in the match heading into the fourth set, Jefferson played Saint Anselm close in the final set. The Rams fell behind early but managed to tie it back up before taking an advantage midway through the set. With Jefferson up two at 19-17 and threatening to force a fifth set, Saint Anselm regained control. Jefferson tied it back up at 22-all but the Hawks came out with the win.

Jefferson Volleyball now returns home to host Millersville and USciences on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6 for their first matches of 2018 at the Gallagher Center.