Press Release Written by Sports Information Graduate Intern MaryKate Rumbaugh.
NEWARK, Del. – It was an all-around team effort as the Wilmington University women's volleyball team stayed alive to win the match over Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and crosstown rival Goldey-Beacom, 3-1, Tuesday night at the WU Athletics Complex.
Set scores for the match were 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, and 25-17.
In the first set, the Wildcats were off to a 3-0 start then went on a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 10-3. WilmU was able to continue to rack up points as they won the first set, 25-18, thanks to back-to-back service aces by Jill Braunsberg.
The Wildcats started out slow in the second set as Goldey-Beacom went on a 9-0 run that included five service aces. Mandy Behiels was able to get a kill and start a run for Wilmington to make it an 11-7 game in favor of Goldey, before the Lightning had three kills in a row to increase their lead, 15-7. The Wildcats did not quit though, as they kept chipping away to make it an 18-12 game, before they were able to go on a 7-0 run to take a 19-18 lead. GBC was two points away from set point, but the Wildcats were able to come from behind with three kills and a service ace to score five points and take the set, 25-23.
Wilmington found themselves behind again in the third set before they could tie the game up at 19 apiece, but the Lightning held on to take the set, 25-21.
In the fourth set, WilmU was able to take the lead early and not look back as they had 15 kills in the 25-17 win. A 5-1 spurt helped separate the Wildcats in the set, as a block from Angel Oliver helped the Wildcats take a 16-10 lead.
Mandy Behiels led the Wildcats with 16 kills and 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Jill Braunsberg was one assist away from a triple-double, as she had 11 kills, 10 digs, and nine assists. Bailey Andrews also secured a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Once again, the Wildcats out-hit their opponent 52-44, with a .242 hitting percentage to Goldey's .147. They also out-blocked the Lightning 11-6.
Up next, the Wildcats travel to New York as they take on Dominican on Friday, September 28 for a 5:00 p.m. start time. WilmU will then come back home Saturday for Homecoming and take on Nyack for an 11:00 a.m. start.