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Devils Rally to Defeat Holy Family

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia came back from an 11-point deficit in the final game of their match tonight against Holy Family University to defeat the Tigers 3-1 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference matchup at the Bobby Morgan Arena.

The Devils trailed 21-10 in the fourth game and it looked as if the match was headed to a fifth and final game. However USP went on a 6-2 run to make the score 23-16. The Tigers added two more points to boost their lead back up to nine 25-16 before USP forced a sideout to regain serve trailing by eight 25-17. After a Tiger timeout Andrea Cardine (Fr., Reading Central Catholic/ Temple, Pa.) served five straight points to pull the Devils within three 25-22 and force another Holy Family timeout. Momentum however was on the Devils side and Cardine served out the match with eight more points for a total of 13 straight service points to give the Devils a 30-25 win.

The Devils took game one, 30-24 before dropping game two 30-27. USP cruised to a 30-18 game three before their big come-from-behind victory in game four. The win, USP's third straight, improved their record to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in CACC games. Holy Family dropped to 4-11 overall and 2-3 in league play.

Offensively the Devils were led by Olja Marjanovic's (Jr., Chaminade-Madonna Prep/North Miami Beach, Fla.) 16 kills (2 errors in 29 swings, .483 attack percentage). Lindsey Wenderoth (Jr., Owings Mills HS/Owings Mills, Md.) and Kirsten Lechner (Fr., DePaul Catholic/ Wayne, NJ) also recorded double-doubles in the match. Wenderoth had 15 kills and 16 digs while Lechner, in only her third career start, had 14 kills and 22 digs. Claire Tauschek (So., Middleton HS/Verona, Wis.) recorded her second consecutive match with 30 or more digs, netting 33 on the evening. Cardine added 28 as the Devils recorded a season high 113 digs (fourth highest team total in school history) in the match. Wenderoth had seven of her 15 kills in the final game of the match. Ladonna Landmesser (So., Archbishop Prendergast HS/Drexel Hill, Pa.) had 46 assists and Michelle Hogga (Sr., St. Pius X HS/Linfield, PA) had eight blocks (seven solo) on the night.

Jen O'Connor paced the Tigers with 20 kills and 17 digs. Kelly Cummins had 20 digs while Emily Culp recorded 10 blocks.

Neither team led by more than two points in the early part of the first game with the Tigers holding a slim 12-11 mark after the first complete rotation. The Devils then went on an 8-4 run with Wenderoth serving the final five points of the rally to take a 19-16 lead and force a Tiger timeout. After the timeout the Tigers forced a sideout and scored off serve to pull within one, 19-18. After the Devils boosted the lead back to four 22-18, both teams exchanged sideouts over the next seven points before the Tigers scored off serve to pull within two, 25-23. This was as close as Holy Family would get as the Devils scored five of the next six points to take the opener 30-24.

Holy Family again held a slim lead 10-9 after the first complete rotation in game two and expanded their lead to five 23-18 after the teams completed the second service rotation. USP rallied to pull within one 27-26 and was serving trailing by two 29-27 when Holy Family forced a sideout to earn the final point and take game two 30-27.

USP clung to slim leads of 8-7 and 18-15 in game three after the first and second rotations were completed before opening the game up with a 9-1 run to take a 27-16 lead. Cardine scored three points off serve while Tauschek added four. Holy Family forced a sideout and scored off an O'Connor serve to make the score 27-18 before the Devils forced a sideout to make the score 28-18. Wenderoth then served out the match as the Devils prevailed 30-18 to go up 2-1 in the match and set the stage for the final game of the match.

Next up for the Devils will be a home tri-match on Saturday, September 23, 2006 against Molloy College and Caldwell College. The Molloy match starts at noon while the Caldwell match starts at 4 p.m.

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