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Wilmington Volleyball Storms Back from Two Sets Down, Stuns Nyack, 3-2, to Remain Unbeaten in CACC

VB: Wilmington 3 - Nyack 2

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Newark, Del.

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Alex Siolos (right) and Brittany Biddle helped Wilmington out-block Nyack 11 to eight



The Wildcats needed to battle back from an 0-2 start in the match



Freshman Kaitlin DiGiacinto delivers the match sealing kill in the fifth set

After struggling through a hapless first two sets, the Wilmington University volleyball team roared back to remain unbeaten in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, stunning Nyack, 3-2, at the WU Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Wilmington (12-4, 4-0 CACC) dropped the first two sets, after holding two set points in the first game, but used a monstrous comeback effort to take the final three sets and defeat the upstart Warriors (5-5, 2-2 CACC).

Set scores for the match were 24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, and 15-12.

The first set was back and forth throughout the entire game, as each team was unable to gain a lead larger than three points. Knotted at 20-20, the Wildcats scored back-to-back points to take a 22-20 lead, but the Warriors responded right back with consecutive points to retie the score. Freshman Kaitlin DiGiacinto gave the home team set point with back-to-back kills, but the Wildcats were unable to put the Warriors away. Nyack came back with four straight points, aided by three Wildcat errors and a double block to shock the Wildcats and steal the first set, 26-24.

In the second set, Wilmington found itself down, 14-16, midway through the game, but rattled off six straight points to take a three point lead. Brittany Biddle and Brooke Foskey had a double block in the rally while DiGiacinto contributed two aces and Nicole Wiechecki capped the run with a kill.

But once again, Nyack wouldn’t roll over as they responded with six of the next seven points to regain the lead, 22-20. Wiechecki closed the gap to one at 22-21 with a kill, but the Warriors went ahead 2-0 in the match with another 3-1 scoring run to close out the set.

The Wildcats used a pair of runs to control the third set and remain in the contest. Trailing 10-11, the Wildcats rattled off five straight points with a kill from DiGiacinto and two from classmate Alex Siolos for a 14-11 lead. Again down one, 15-16, the Wildcats scored another five consecutive points, this time taking control for the rest of the set. All five points came off attack errors from the Warriors.

Now leading 20-18, the Wildcats scored five of the final seven points in the game to stay alive and force a game four. Biddle, Wiechecki and junior Katie Shorter picked up kills in the rally, while Shorter added her lone solo block of the match to continue the afternoon.

The Wildcats jumped out to a fast start in the fourth set, taking an 11-3 lead before the Warriors knew what hit them. Tied 2-2, the home team score three straight, and nine of the next 10 points to grab control of the frame. The Warriors battled back to close the gap to one point at 18-17, but the Wildcats pushed forward again and scored seven of the next eight points to close the game and take the match to a fifth set. Biddle played a huge role in the final push, sandwiching one of her two solo blocks around two kills to make it 21-17, and kills form Wiechecki and Shorter ended the game, 25-18.

The second half of the fifth set was all Wilmington, as the teams made the switch with the Warriors leading, 8-7. After the teams switched courts, Biddle threw down a kill and Annie Scarfo served the Wildcats to three more points to take an 11-8 lead. From there, the Wildcats and Warriors traded points back and forth, before a swing and a kill by DiGiacinto resulted in the 15th and final point of the set.

Shorter led the Wildcats with 13 kills, while Wiechecki and DiGiacinto added 12 kills apiece. Sophomore Kasey Couch spread the offense with 28 assists while Siolos added 23 helpers in divvying up the offense. DiGiacinto added four aces form behind the serve line whole Wiechecki contributed three more. In all, the Wildcats had seven aces to the Warriors two.

Defensively, six Wildcats picked up double digit digs, led by freshman Shelby Henderson’s 25. Wiechecki picked up 23 digs while DiGiacinto added 20 for double-doubles. Couch and Siolos each had 12 digs for the match while Scarfo added 10 digs. At the net, Biddle led the blockers with four total blocks, denying two swings by herself and adding four block assists. Siolos had a hand on five block assists while Shorter added one solo and three block assists.

It wasn’t a great day for either offense, as the Wildcats narrowly outhit the Warriors, .115 to .075, but the Wildcats hit .241 in the fifth set, when it mattered most.

Wilmington will hit the road for its next CACC match, as they head to the University of Sciences on Tuesday. The Wildcats will look to remain unbeaten in the conference, with the match starting at 7 p.m.