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Press Release Written by Sports Information Graduate Intern MaryKate Rumbaugh
NEWARK, Del. – The Wilmington University volleyball team defeated Georgian Court, 3-1, in an intense Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference matchup Wednesday night at the WU Athletics Complex.
Set scores for the Wildcats were 25-16, 18-25, 25-22, and 25-23.
The Wildcats (17-9, 11-3 CACC) block was a big help in their win against the Lions (15-8, 11-3 CACC) as they out-blocked Georgian Court, 9.5-6.
Wilmington was able to cruise to a 25-16 first set win, as they were able to score five unanswered points at the end of the match.
The Lions came out in the second set looking for revenge as they took a 10-5 lead over the Wildcats. WilmU was able to come within a point of the Lions, but Georgian Court scored three points to extend their lead to 15-11. A kill from Miranda Shaw would put the score at 22-18, but the Lions were able to secure the last three points to take the second set, 25-18.
The Wildcats saw themselves down 10-8 to begin the third set, but on back-to-back kills from Mandy Behiels and Bailey Andrews the Wildcats were able to tie the set at 10 apiece. WilmU was able to keep a small lead before breaking away from the Lions, scoring six unanswered points to increase their lead to 19-12. Georgian Court held on to come within one of the Wildcats' 21-20 lead, but three consecutive kills from the Wildcats gave them the 24-20 lead, and 25-22 victory.
In another close fourth set, Wilmington was able to extend their lead to 18-11 by scoring five straight points. Georgian Court would not quit as they answered right back with six straight points to close the Wildcats' lead to 18-17. Bailey Andrews put down a kill to give the Wildcats a three-point lead, but the Lions would score three unanswered points on a service ace and kill by Grace Fenn to tie the game, 21-21. Back-to-back kills from Rebecca Rawlinson and Mandy Behiels gave the Wildcats light for a 24-22 lead. The Lions were able to hold off one match point, but Jill Braunsberg and Rebecca Rawlinson were at the net for the block on match point for the Wildcats.
Mandy Behiels lead all hitters with 17 kills, while Bailey Andrews put down 14. Jill Braunsberg dished out 23 helpers, 11 digs, and five block assists, as Jenna Brown recorded 26 digs in the back row.
The Wildcats had a .487 hitting percentage in the third set, as they had 20 kills and had a better hitting percentage of .265 percent to the Lions' .157 for the match.
The Wildcats will host Caldwell in their next CACC matchup this Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. start time at the WU Athletics Complex.