Tuesday, October 10, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia lost to Philadelphia University, 3-0 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference women's volleyball matchup tonight at the Bobby Morgan Arena.
The Rams had an easy time in game one, defeating the Devils 30-18. USP made things a bit closer in games two and three but came up on the short end both times, 30-23 and 30-24. The loss drops the Devils to 7-12 overall and 4-6 in CACC games. The Rams of Philadelphia University improve to 16-2 overall and 9-1 in league play.
The Devils were led by Lindsey Wenderoth (Jr., Owings Mills HS/Owings Mills, Md.) and Megan Wolfe (So., Wausau Newman Catholic/ Rothschild, Wis.) who recorded 10 kills apiece. Claire Tauschek (So., Middleton HS/Verona, Wis.) paced the Devils defense, getting 18 digs. Wenderoth and Andrea Cardine (Fr., Reading Central Catholic/ Temple, Pa.) each added 10 digs. Ladonna Landmesser (So., Archbishop Prendergast HS/Drexel Hill, Pa.) and Kayleen Pisczcek (Fr., Holy Name/Sinking Spring, Pa.) split setting duties with 16 and 15 assists respectively.
Emily Kraus paced the Rams with 10 kills while Lindsey Butler added nine. Celena Rendon and Nicole Berkstresser had eight kills apiece as the Rams recorded 42 kills on the evening to the Devils 36. Rendon paced Philadelphia University with 11 dig and Kristin Goede recorded 33 assists.
The Rams scored the first three points of the match before USP rallied to tie the game at 4-4. The Devils kept the game close throughout the first service rotation and trailed by three, 11-8. The Rams then went on a 9-2 run to open a 20-10 lead before the Devils forced a sideout to end the run. Philadelphia followed with a 9-3 run to lead 29-14 before the Devils regained serve with a sideout. Cardine served three straight points before the Rams forced a sideout to end the game 30-18.
USP led early in game two 5-4 before Philadelphia ran off six straight points to take a 10-5 lead. The Rams built the lead to 18-9 before USP went on a 7-1 run of their own to pull within three 19-16. USP still trailed by three, 24-21 when the Rams took advantage of a USP attack error to regain serve and lead 25-21. Philadelphia scored five of the next seven points to win the game 30-23.
USP led 8-7 after the first service rotation in game three until the Rams scored four straight points to break a 9-9 tie and lead 13-9. The Devils pulled back within three but could get no closer throughout the second service rotation, trailing 17-14 going into the third rotation. After regaining serve, the Rams ran off three straight service points to lead by six, 21-15 and never looked back en route to the 30-24 win.
Next up for the Devils will be a road contest in Northeast Philadelphia to take on the Tigers of Holy Family University on Thursday, October 12, 2006. Tip off is at 7 p.m.