ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The University of the Sciences women's volleyball team opened Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play in emphatic fashion, as it swept Dominican in the league-opener for both teams on Wednesday night.
Numerous Devils set career-highs on the night, highlighted by Elizabeth Checca, whose match-high nine kills were a career-best for a three set match. She added nine digs to fall just one kill and one dig shy of her second career double-double.
Moy registered 21 assists, while Witmer finished with five blocks and Raymond had 13 digs and three service aces, the former of which was her most-ever in a three set match.
Notably, Simran Sangu added three blocks and finished second on the team with five kills.
The blocking threat of Witmer, Sangu and Checca, who added two block assists, played a major factor in Dominican (0-7, 0-1 CACC) hitting -.022 percent on the night.
In the first set, University of the Sciences (2-2, 1-0 CACC) trailed by as many as six, 5-11, and did not take its first lead until a Dominican ball-handling error capped an 11-4 run to make the score 16-15. The Chargers came right back to take the lead though and after six ties over the next 13 points, USciences finally pulled away from a 22-22 deadlock thanks to a service error, a Sangu block and a Moy kill.
Down 4-7 early in the second, University of the Sciences rattled off seven straight points, with Checca's second kill in the flurry bringing the score to 11-7. After Dominican answered, the Devils responded with three more points - capped by a Rhiannon Comia service ace – to cap a 10-1 stretch, and the Chargers would not pull within five the remainder of the set.
It was a nearly identical story in the third set. Trailing 4-7 once again, this time USciences scored 11 points in a row - highlighted by three points from Raymond – to go ahead 15-7 for a comfortable lead it would hold on to for the sweep.
University of the Sciences continues CACC play next Tuesday, Sept. 19, as it welcomes Chestnut Hill to Bobby Morgan Arena for its home-opener at 7 p.m.