NEWARK, Del. - - Holy Family evened the series season and extended their winning streak to 13 straight on Wednesday night, defeating the Wilmington University volleyball team, 3-0, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division action at the WU Athletics Complex.
Set scores for the match were 25-16, 25-21, and 25-21.
Holy Family (21-8, 15-3 CACC) was able to get out to large leads early in the sets, being too much for the Wildcats (19-13, 11-7 CACC) to overcome. The Wildcats would make a comeback and cut into the deficits, but it would be too little too late in the final match at the WU Athletics Complex this season.
An 8-1 Wildcat run would give the Wildcats an 8-5 lead in the first set, but the Tigers answered right back as the set was tied 9-9. Mandy Behiels put down a kill to get within 13-12, but then the Tigers rattled off six straight points to open up a 19-12 lead. The Wildcats scored four of the next five points to climb to within 20-16, but that would be as close as they could get as the Tigers closed out the game on Gianna Pesognelli's serve, 25-16.
Holy Family then came out in the second set and scored 11 of the first 14 points, and led 17-7 after another 5-0 run. Wilmington went on a 6-1 run to get to within 18-13, and then used another 5-2 spurt to close the gap to within 21-18. The Tigers answered with three straight of their own to gain set point, 24-18. The Wildcats extended the game with three straight, but the Tigers moved ahead, 2-0, in the match with a 25-21 victory.
The Wildcats were up 4-1 in the third set, but the visitors rattled off eight straight points in route to a 15-2 run to go up 16-6. Down 19-10, the Wildcats scored six of the next seven points to claw to within 20-16 and a Rebecca Rawlinson kill had the home team within 23-19. The Wildcats were able to stave off two match points, but the Tigers put down a kill to end the match, 25-21.
Mandy Behiels led the Wildcats with eight kills while Rebecca Rawlinson put down five kills with a team leading .385 attack percentage. Rawlinson added six digs and four blocks. Angel Oliver also finished with five kills for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats hit .068 as a tam while the Tigers hit .191 to go with nine aces on the night.
Wilmington closed out the regular season on Saturday with a road match at Caldwell. The match will determine who the Wildcats play in the first round of the CACC Tournament next Tuesday night.