PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team (4-2, 1-0 CACC) came from behind to win its home and conference opener over Goldey-Beacom (3-6, 0-1 CACC), 3-2 on Wednesday night.
In the opening set, the Rams found themselves down 11-6 but rallied for six straight points to take the lead. With the score tied at 14, Jefferson again went on a run with five points in a row for a 19-14 advantage. With the score 21-16, the Lightning got hot, going on a 7-0 run to go in front. However, the Rams responded with the next four points to win the set, 25-23.
Goldey-Beacom trailed 4-2 in the second frame but went ahead with a 7-1 rally. The Lightning did not fall behind again in the set, winning by a score of 25-19. The third set was back and forth early before a Goldey-Beacom run gave the Lightning an 18-12 advantage. They took the stanza, 25-20.
The fourth set was tight late. With the Rams behind by one (21-20), they rallied for five of the next six points to force a decisive fifth set with a 25-22 victory.
Jefferson came up big in the final frame and never trailed. With the score tied at eight, the Rams tallied three straight points for the lead. With GBC within two (11-9), Jefferson had another 3-0 rally to bring it to match point and would finish off the Lightning with a 15-11 decision.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Junior Abigail Kress led the Rams with a season-high 18 kills and added five digs.
- Junior Lauren Kloos tallied 11 kills, 19 digs, six assists and two blocks.
- Sophomore Molly Hand produced 38 assists and 10 digs while senior Alexis Leddy totaled 31 digs.
- Junior Logan Dontell contributed with five kills, three service aces, three digs and seven blocks.
- Junior Caitlin Crespo reached 700 career digs and has 707 as a Ram.
- It was just the fifth time in 34 meetings that Jefferson and Goldey-Beacom went to five sets.
- The Rams improved their win streak against the Lightning to 28 matches and they are 31-3 all-time versus GBC.
Jefferson competes in the ESU Invitational at East Stroudsburg on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21. The Rams face East Stroudsburg (3 p.m.) and Southern Connecticut State (7 p.m.) on Friday.