PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University volleyball team (13-8, 8-4 CACC) completed a furious comeback on Thursday at the Gallagher Center, defeating USciences (8-14, 5-7 CACC), 3-2.
The Rams erased a 2-0 deficit and were down 8-0 in the decisive fifth set before rallying for the victory.
Jefferson had a 9-5 lead in the opening set before the Devils had an 8-2 stretch to go ahead 13-11. Holding a two-point advantage (15-13), USciences increased the margin with a 5-1 run. The Rams were able to close the gap to three (21-18) but the Devils took the set, 25-19.
USciences started well in the second, taking a 5-1 lead. With the score 9-5, the Devils tallied five straight to make it 14-5. Jefferson was only able to get within four for the rest of the frame as USciences went ahead 2-0 with a 25-18 win.
In the third, the Rams found themselves trailing 8-5 before getting hot to the tune of an 11-0 run to make the score 16-8. The Devils closed the gap to four at 20-16 before Jefferson recorded five consecutive points to take the set.
There were seven ties early in the fourth with the last coming at 11 apiece. That is when the Rams took over with a 9-0 rally. However, USciences responded with a 9-2 stretch to cut it down to two (22-20). With the score 23-22, Jefferson used an attack error and a block to seize the stanza and force a fifth set.
The Devils jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the fifth. A kill, a ball handling error and a service ace got the Rams on the board and made the score 8-3. USciences led 10-4 before Jefferson caught fire, posting nine points in a row for a 13-10 advantage. The points came on three kills, two service aces, one block and three attack errors. The Devils had a kill to make it 13-11 before a pair of kills completed the Rams' incredible comeback.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Junior Lauren Kloos tied her season high with 19 kills, including three in the fifth set, and added two service aces, seven digs and three blocks. She posted a .311 hitting percentage.
- Senior Amber Johnson and junior Cassandra Hickman each totaled seven kills and three blocks.
- Junior Logan Dontell produced six kills, four digs and four blocks.
- Sophomore Molly Hand contributed with 39 assists.
- Senior Alexis Leddy, junior Caitlin Crespo and senior Mariah Cadzow tallied 26, 15 and 12 digs respectively. Crespo also had five service aces.
- It was the fourth five-set victory of the year for the Rams but the first in which they dropped the opening two sets.
- It was Jefferson's 10th consecutive win against USciences.
- The Rams remain third in the CACC South Division, sitting behind Georgian Court (10-2) and Holy Family (8-3).
Jefferson stays in East Falls to host Nyack on Saturday, October 26 at 12 p.m.