PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) volleyball team (8-6, 3-2 CACC) snapped out of its recent skid with a 3-0 sweep of CACC foe Wilmington (Del.) (10-6, 2-2 CACC) at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday night.
The teams were tight in the early going with the Wildcats holding a 7-6 lead in the opening set. The Rams rallied for five straight points and the lead. However, Wilmington followed with a 5-0 run of its own to regain the advantage. With the score tied at 13, Jefferson tallied four of the following five points for a 17-14 lead. The Rams did not trail for the rest of the set en route to a 25-22 victory. Senior Ariana Rosario keyed the frame with a team-high five kills and a .364 hitting percentage.
With the score tied at four in the second, Jefferson had a 5-1 stretch for a 9-5 advantage. Down four, the Wildcats got hot, scoring five consecutive points for the lead. With the score tied at 20, the Rams reeled off three in a row and went on to take the stanza, 25-22. Junior Abigail Kress recorded five kills in the set.
Jefferson started strong in the third, posting the first three points. They held off Wilmington for the next several points but the Wildcats were able to come back and even the score at 19. After falling behind on an error, the Rams rallied again for four straight points and a 23-20 cushion. Wilmington cut the deficit to one (24-23) but a kill by junior Cassandra Hickman finished off the match.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Kress led Jefferson with 12 kills and 19 digs.
- Rosario totaled 10 kills and six digs. Her 10 kills was a season-high.
- Junior Lauren Kloos finished with nine kills and 10 digs.
- Sophomore Molly Hand compiled 39 assists, four digs and two service aces.
- Senior Alexis Leddy tallied 15 digs.
- Jefferson had a higher hitting percentage than Wilmington in all three sets and went over .200 twice.
- Leddy went over 1,300 digs for her career. She is now fifth on the program's all-time list with 1,310.
- Dontell notched her 500th career kill and sits at 501.
- The Rams are now 2-1 in three-set matches this season.
Jefferson hosts Caldwell for Homecoming on Saturday, October 5 at 12 p.m.