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Devils Snap Streak with Win over Dominican

Saturday, October 14, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Dominican College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate College women's volleyball matchup this afternoon at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Philadelphia.

The 3-0 win improves the Devils record to 8-13 overall and 5-7 in league play. Dominican falls to 4-18 overall and 4-10 in league play. USP won the games by scores of 30-26, 30-28, and 30-27.

Offensively the Devils were paced by Lindsey Wenderoth's (Jr., Owings Mills HS/Owings Mills, Md.) 15 kills. Andrea Cardine (Fr., Reading Central Catholic/ Temple, Pa.) added 13 while Kirsten Lechner (Fr., DePaul Catholic/ Wayne, N.J.) chipped in 10. Claire Tauschek (So., Middleton HS/Verona, Wis.) paced the Devils defense with 26 digs, while Raeann Petruccelli (Sr., The Gunnery/New Milford, Conn.), in her final home game as a Devil, came off the bench to record a career-high 19 digs. Wenderoth recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 15 digs while Cardine had her fifth double-double with 12 digs. Wenderoth's 12 digs moved her into a tie for second place on the Devils' all-time list with 993 for her career, while Tauschek's 26 digs moved her into third place on the all-time list with 960, passing current assistant coach Breht Mieckowski (952). Emily Roth is the Devils all-time leader with 1,880. Michelle Hogga (Sr., St. Pius X HS/Linfield, Pa.), also in her final home game as a Devil, notched six blocks to go along with five kills. Ladonna Landmesser (So., Archbishop Prendergast HS/Drexel Hill, Pa.) had 43 assists setting up the offense for USP.

Dominican was paced by Kinikia Collier's 12 kills and 14 digs. Jennifer Rivera also recorded 14 digs for the Chargers while Erica Ciavolella and Antoinette Hackett had 11 and 10 digs respectively. Kaitlin Earl had 25 assists setting up the Charger offense.

Wenderoth had seven of her match-high 15 kills in the first game as the Devils led wire-to-wire, recording a 30-26 win. USP jumped out to an early 10-3 lead, only to have the Chargers go on an 8-2 run to pull within one 12-11. From there the game remained close with the Devils slowly opening the advantage 20-17 after the second complete service rotation. USP boosted the margin to as much as six, 26-20 before Dominican cut the lead in half, 26-23. Both teams exchanged points over the next six rallys and the devils held a 29-26 lead with Dominican serving. USP then forced a sideout to end the game with a 30-26 win.

In game two, the Devils trailed early, eventually tying the game at 6-6 before embarking on a 5-1 run to pull ahead 11-7. The Chargers however, battled back to pull within one, 18-17 and later tied the score at 20-all. The score was still tied at 22-22 when USP forced a sideout and Petruccelli added two service points to make the score 25-22. A 4-1 run by Dominican again evened the score at 26-all but the Devils scored four of the next six points to win the game 30-28.

Dominican jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the third game and still led 9-7 when the Devils rallied to tie the game at 11-all. The Chargers scored the next three points and USP was again facing an uphill battle. Dominican led 15-12 before USP rallied with Olja Marjanovic (Jr., Chaminade-Madonna Prep/North Miami Beach, Fla.) serving to pull ahead 16-15. Dominican kept the match close, tying the score at 21-21. USP scored the next two points to lead 23-21, but Dominican battled back to pull within one 27-26 before the Devils boosted their lead to three 29-26. Both teams exchanged sideouts in the final two points, giving the Devils a 30-27 win and the match.

USP will be on the road Wednesday night, October 18, 2006 as they take on defending CACC champion Goldey Beacom College. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00.

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