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Goldey-Beacom’s Defensive Gem Halts Wilmington Volleyball’s Five-Match Winning Streak

Goldey-Beacom’s Defensive Gem Halts Wilmington Volleyball’s Five-Match Winning Streak

Despite picking up 14 blocks and winning the first set, the Wilmington University volleyball team dropped a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division contest, 3-1, at cross-town rival Goldey-Beacom, 3-1, on Thursday night at he Joseph West Jones Center.

Set scores for the match were 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, and 19-25.

The loss was the first time the Lightning (13-15, 6-12 CACC) defeated the Wildcats (16-13, 12-4 CACC) since November 1, 2006, when the Lightning earned a 3-2 victory in the CACC Tournament to move on. Goldey-Beacom won all three matches in 2006. Tonight ends a streak of 15 consecutive matches won by the Wildcats.

Goldey-Beacom collected 66 kills on the match compared to the Wildcats' 37, but also committed 37 errors on 199 attempts to hit .146 for the match. Wilmington only committed 18 errors but only mustered a .113 attack percentage for the match; due in large part to the Lightning picking up 103 digs in the four sets.

The Wildcats collected 24 block assists on the night, totaling 12 of the 14 total blocks for the match. Alex Siolos and Hannah Karas picked up solo blocks for the Wildcats to complete the 14 points on blocks.

Erin Bistany led the charge at the net, collecting a career high nine block assists while Siolos and Karas added four block assists each. Freshmen Eile Harris and Angela Collins and sophomore Allison Briley chipped in with two block assists each as well.

Following the first set in which the Wildcats hit .194 and held a side-out percentage of 73 percent, the Wildcats only earned seven kills in the second and nine kills in the third sets. The Wildcats held the Lightning to a .024 attack percentage in the first set, but the Lightning bounced back to hit .117 in the second, .182 in the third, and .256 in the fourth set.

Briley led the attack for the Wildcats, hitting .300 with 13 kills and only one error on 40 attempts. She was only Wildcat in double digits while also picking up one of the two double-doubles on the night for the team. She added 11 digs defensively as well.

Kasey Couch dished out a team high 20 assists while Siolos chipped in with 14 helpers. Siolos posted the other double-double for the Wildcats by adding 14 digs as well.

Kadi McCoy had a match high 25 kills for the Lightning while setter Danielle Cipolletti finished with a match high 49 digs. Lightning libero Mackenzie Wilson tallied a match high 29 digs.

After having their five-match winning streak snapped the Wildcats look to begin another one on Saturday when they host Concordia at the WU Athletics Complex at 1 p.m.