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Volleyball Spotlight:
Lightning Strikes as Devils Fall in Three

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

Lightning has struck the University of Sciences in Philadelphia Devils. More appropriately, the Goldey Beacom College Lightning women's volleyball team, as they put an end to USP's five match win streak with a 3-0 shutout at the Bobby Morgan Arena tonight.

Goldey Beacom took game one, 30-25, came from behind to take game two 30-24 and finished off the three game sweep with a 30-21 win in game three.

Lindsey Wenderoth (Jr., Owings Mills HS/Owings Mills, Md.) led the Devils with 10 kills. Wenderoth was also one of three players in double figures in digs with 10. Claire Tauschek (So., Middleton HS/Verona, Wis.) paced the Devils with 15 digs. Michelle Hogga (Sr., St. Pius X HS/Linfield, Pa.) had four blocks (1 solo) and Ladonna Landmesser (So., Archbishop Prendergast HS/Drexel Hill, Pa.) had 34 assists.

Kendra Russell, Ashley Carberry and Adrienne Melvin each had nine kills to pace the Lightning. Tessa Snyder added 14 digs while Melvin chipped in 12. Jennie Newcomb also reached double figures in digs with 10. Carberry had four blocks while Danielle Hicks had 34 assists.

The Devils kept game one close, trailing 11-10 after the first complete service rotation. The Lightning went on an 8-3 run to make the score 19-13, before the Devils forced a sideout and with Wenderoth serving scored two points to cut the lead in half to 19-16. The Lightning expanded their lead to 25-18 before the Devils forced an attack error to regain serve. Kirsten Lechner (Fr., DePaul Catholic/ Wayne, N.J.) then served two straight points to pull the Devils back within four 25-21. USP got as close as three, 27-24 before the Lightning closed out the game, scoring three of the next four points to win 30-25.

Goldey Beacom held an early 7-5 lead before the Devils battled back to take an 11-9 lead after the first service rotation. USP built their lead to 15-10 before GBC's Snyder served three straight points to pull the Lightning within one 15-14. After the Lightning evened things up at 17-all, both teams exchanged points until Goldey Beacom took a 22-21 lead at the start of the third service rotation. With Tauschek serving, the Devils then retook the lead at 23-22, before the Lightning scored two of the next the points to tie the game again at 24-all and followed with a sideout to take a 25-24 lead. The Lightning then served out the game to win 30-24.

Goldey Beacom opened an 11-6 lead and led the rest of the way as the Devils could not get any momentum going, scoring only one or two points before Goldey Beacom forced sideouts to regain the serve. USP came as close as three 20-17 before the Lightning ran off four straight points to make the score 24-17 en route to the 30-21 victory to take the match in three straight.

Next up for the Devils will be a non-conference match with West Chester University on Thursday, September 28, 2006.

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