Crilly's 'Double-Doubles' Leads Royals Past Gwynedd-Mercy, La Roche Friday 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.


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