PHILADELPHIA – Mariah Cadzow (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) recorded a career-high 19 kills without an error and 13 digs to lead the Philadelphia University women's volleyball team to a 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23) Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Wilmington (Del.) University Tuesday evening in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia improves to 19-4 overall after recording its seventh victory in a row. The Rams are also the first team in the southern division to secure a spot in the CACC Tournament with an 11-1 conference record.
Courtney Wensel (Bechtelsville, Pa./Berks Catholic) had a solid match with 18 kills, 24 digs, three assists, and two service aces. Amber Johnson (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) contributed 12 kills, while Lauren Laucella (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) turned in her best performance of the season with 11 kills.
Led by Cadzow's .322 attack percentage, Philadelphia hit .229 as a team.
Errors were the story for the Rams in the opening set, committing 13 (six attack, six service, and one ball-handling). Philadelphia trailed for a majority of the set, but fought back to tie the set at 24 on a block by Ariana Rosario (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/CPN) and Johnson. However, Philadelphia committed errors on the next two plays to hand the set to Wilmington.
The Rams took their first lead of the match a Wildcat attack error put them in front 16-15. Philadelphia extended the margin to 18-15 on back-to-back kills from Cadzow and Wensel. After Wilmington closed the gap to one, Philadelphia ran off the final five points of the set, including two Wensel aces, to claim the set.
Philadelphia put together one of its finest offensive performances of the season in the third set, recording 21 kills without an error and an attack percentage of .457. A Wensel kill—one of six in the set—jump-started a 4-0 spurt to put Philadelphia in front 19-16. The Wildcats closed the gap to one (21-20), but the Rams ran off four straight kills to take a 2-1 match lead.
Philadelphia took an early 3-2 lead in the final set. The lead was short-lived as Wilmington opened up a 12-7 advantage thanks to a 10-4 run. With Wilmington leading 23-19, Cazdow recorded two consecutive kills to begin a string of six straight points that closed out the match.
Wilmington (8-15, 5-9 CACC) received 11 kills and 24 digs from Allison Briley.
Philadelphia heads to the University of the Sciences for a CACC match on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.