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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - The Wilmington University volleyball team took the first set of the match on Wednesday night but Chestnut Hill came back to win the final three, taking the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division match, 3-1, inside Sorgenti Arena.
Set scores for the Wildcats were 25-20, 22-25, 16-25, and 28-30.
The Wildcats (9-16, 6-10 CACC) hit a team best .176 in the first set, but finished the match by committing 27 of their 33 errors in the final three sets. The team ended with a .107 attack percentage for the match.
Trailing 14-11 in the first set, the Wildcats used a Chestnut Hill (11-13, 9-6 CACC) service error to spark a 7-0 run and take an 18-14 lead. The run continued and after a combined 12-3 spurt, the Wildcats led 23-17. Allison Briley gave the visitor set point with a kill before a Griffin attack error put the Wildcats in front, 1-0.
A back and forth second set had the Griffins up by as many as 18-14 before the Wildcats scored three straight to get within 18-17. An Eile Harris solo block eventually tied the game at 20-20, but the Griffins scored back-to-back points on a pair of Wildcat errors before scoring two more to take a 24-21 lead. A block error gave the Griffins the set, 25-22.
Trailing 12-8 in the third, the Wildcats take four straight points to tie the game. But the Griffins retaliated with a run of their own, scoring three straight en route to a 5-1 spurt, which continued to a 10-2 run and a 22-14 lead. A Madison McBride kill put the home team in front in the match, 2-1, with a 25-16 set three win.
The Wildcats were once again down early in the fourth set to the Griffins, but used a 10-4 run, including the final four points to take a 19-17 lead. The teams traded points until a Briley kill gave the Wildcats set point, 24-22, and a chance to stay in the match. But the Griffins earned back-to-back kills to tie the game, 24-24. A Rebecca Rawlinson kill gave the Wildcats set point again, but back-to-back errors put the Griffins in front. The teams traded points until 28-28, and the Griffins picked up a block on Briley before an error ended the match, 30-28.
Briley started off slow with only three kills in the first set, but ended with a team high 16 on the night. Jill Braunsberg was a kill away from a triple-double, finishing with nine kills, 22 assists, and 27 digs. Rawlinson also finished with nine kills on the night, adding four block assists and a solo block at the net. Harris chipped in with eight kills while hitting a team best .389. Miranda Shaw dished out 21 assists while Jenna Brown added a match's best 30 digs.
The Wildcats and Griffins were close throughout, with the Wildcats collecting 54 kills to the Griffins 50. Digs were 109-103 in favor of the Wildcats while service aces were 6-5 in favor of the Griffins. Each team collected nine blocks on the night but the one stat that was off were the 33 Wildcat attack errors to the Griffins' 22.
The Wildcats make up their postponed game against Caldwell on Friday night at the WU Athletics Complex. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.