COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus took a 2-0 set lead, only to see Rutgers-Camden rally and force a fifth set in non-conference volleyball action Tuesday night, before the Bears walked away with a hard-fought 3-2 win.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11.
Ursinus (6-3) had several contributions from key players on the evening, as senior outside hitter Mary Kate Wilmoth (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) and sophomore middle blocker Kristin Hanratty (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) each had 11 kills. Junior outside hitter Kim Goldberg (Sarasota, Fla./Out of Door Academy) had nine kills, with freshman middle blocker Anahi McIntyre (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) having eight.
Junior setter Elizabeth Roth (York, Pa./Dallastown Area) had 37 assists on the evening.
Ursinus had a 17-13 third set lead, before Rutgers-Camden (5-2) rallied to take an 18-17 lead on a service ace by Katherine Crosby. Ursinus would stay within one point the rest of the way, before taking a 23-22 lead on a kill by Hanratty. Rutgers-Camden scored the next three points, two of which came on kills by Crosby, to force the fourth set. Crosby finished with a match-high 21 kills.
In the fourth set, Ursinus had an 11-6 set before the Scarlet Raptors would rally back to tie the score at 14-all, before taking a 22-19 lead lead on an Ursinus attack error. The Bears would get within two at 23-21, but was forced into the fifth set.
In the fifth set, Ursinus took a 5-0 lead, however, Rutgers-Camden again rallied back to tie the score at 7-all. A bad set by McLeod gave Rutgers-Camden an 8-7 lead before Ursinus took the lead for good on an attack error by Crosby making the score 11-10.
A kill from McIntyre won the match for the Bears on an assist from Roth.
Ursinus will take part in the Knights Invitational this Friday-Saturday at Neumann University, starting off with matches against Chestnut Hill and Penn State-Altoona.