Crilly's 'Double-Doubles' Leads Royals Past Gwynedd-Mercy, La Roche Friday At The Long Center

Senior Julia Crilly recorded the 50th and 51st 'double-double' of her career today to lead the Royals past Gwynedd-Mercy and La Roche in the opening round of the Scranton Invitational at the Long Center.
Senior Julia Crilly recorded the 50th and 51st 'double-double' of her career today to lead the Royals past Gwynedd-Mercy and La Roche in the opening round of the Scranton Invitational at the Long Center.
Julia Crilly Brittany Cafiero Stephanie Klug
Rachael Cisto Morgan Rentzheimer Lizzy Zimmermann

Box (Scranton vs. Gwynedd-Mercy)
Box (Scranton vs. La Roche)

Photo Gallery (courtesy of Dan Ceccacci)

Senior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) recorded a pair of ‘double-doubles’ in kills and digs to lead The University of Scranton past Gwynedd-Mercy and La Roche in the opening round of the Scranton Invitational Friday at the Long Center.

Crilly had 11 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 win over Gwynedd-Mercy and 14 kills and 14 digs in a 3-1 victory over La Roche, which were her 50th and 51st ‘double-doubles’ of her career.

In the win over Gwynedd-Mercy, the Royals also received 12 kills from juniorLizzy Zimmerman (Livingston, NJ/Livingston), 27 assists from sophomore Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, NY/Kellenberg Memorial), and four kills, two service aces and two total blocks from junior middle hitter Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart).  The Royals hit .283 as a team, including an impressive .700 in a 25-7 victory in the second set.

Crilly got plenty of help in the nightcap against La Roche, too, as Zimmermann and junior middle hitter Stephanie Klug (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) contributed 12 kills apiece and freshman right-side hitter Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) added four kills and nine digs.  Cafiero put together another solid effort, finishing with 34 assists and seven digs, and Cisto was a dominating force at the net, registering five total blocks.

Crilly’s 25 kills tonight moves her into fourth place on the Royals’ all-time list with 1238.  

In Pool A play, St. Joseph (LI) won both of its matches to join Scranton with a 2-0 mark.  Pitt-Bradford, the 2010 Scranton Invitational champion, is 2-0 in the Pool B bracket.

Action continues Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. in both the Long Center and the Byron Recreation Complex.  Matches will also be played at 11:30 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  The tournament is open to the public and free of charge.

--ROYALS--