NEWARK,Del. - - Heather Pedrick added to her NCAA Division II lead with her eighth triple-double of the year and Elly Collins collected her 1,000th career dig as the Wilmington University volleyball team picked up two wins on Saturday, defeating Caldwell in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Play and Millersville in the team's final nonconference match of the year on Saturday at the WU Athletics Complex.
Set scores for the match against Caldwell were 25-21, 25-13, and 25-16.
Set scores for the match against Millersville were 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, and 25-22.
Match 1 vs. Caldwell
The Wildcats improved to 9-2 in CACC play with a sweep of Caldwell, holding the Cougars to hitting just .037 by picking up 63 digs and six blocks.
A 13-3 run in the first set allowed the Wildcats to turn a deficit into a 23-14 lead. Caldwell saved six set point before Mandy Behiels finished off the set, 25-21.
A 12-2 spurt in the second set gave the Wildcats an 18-9 lead and then the Wildcats scored the final five points of the second set, getting a kill from Behiels and a ball handling error to end the set, 25-13.
Another 12-2 run in the third set was the difference, as the Wildcats took an 18-10 lead. They finished off the Cougars with a 7-3 run, ending the match with a Cougar error, 25-16.
Heather Pedrick had 12 kills, nine assists, and 16 digs while hitting at a .458 clip. Dorie Moore and Mandy Behiels had six kills each while Katie Bushong led with 14 assists. Elly Collins led the back row with 21 digs. Both Angel Oliver and Dorie Moore had a solo block and two block assists.
Match 2 vs. Millersville
The nightcap was a block party for the Wildcats, as they picked up 13 blocks, including 24 block assists in route to holding the Marauders to hitting just .148 in the match.
The Wildcats led 17-14 in the first set, but the Marauders came back and eventually tied that set, 18-18. The Wildcats took the lead, 19-18, but then Millersville scored the next four points and ended the set on a 7-1 run to win, 25-20.
Leading 18-17 in the second set, the Wildcats scored four of the next six points to take a 22-19 lead. After Millersville scored to get it to 22-20, a Kill from Angel Oliver, a Millersville error, and a Dorie Moore kill tied the match, 1-1, with a 25-20 second set.
A 7-1 run in the third set gave the Wildcats a 17-8 lead and then another 6-2 spurt gave the Wildcats set point, 24-15. Millersville scored four straight to force the Wildcats into a timeout, but then Heather Pedrick put the set away with a kill, 25-19.
Trailing 6-2 early in the fourth set, the Wildcats went on a 6-1 run to take an 8-7 lead. A 6-0 run gave the Wildcats a 15-10 lead that they would never relinquish. Still leading 21-20, Heather Pedrick and Jessica Connelly put down kills before Elly Collins served an ace for match point, 24-20. After Millersville scored twice, Angel Oliver put the match away with a kill, 25-22.
With her 20th dig of the match, sophomore libero Elly Collins surpassed the 1,000 career digs plateau and now stands with 1,005 for her career.
Heather Pedrick collected her eight triple-double of the year with 12 kills, 19 assists, and 11 digs, adding six block assists as well. Angel Oliver also had 12 kills, hitting at a .391 clip while adding one solo block and five block assists. Mandy Behiels had nine kills and nine digs while Jessica Connelly finished with eight kills.
The Wildcats are way for both matches next week, as they head to Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday and Dominican next Saturday. The first serve against the Lightning is set for 7:00 p.m. in Wilmington.