August 30, 2014

Zimmermann, Crilly Lead Royals To Scranton Invitational Title Saturday At Long Center

Lizzy Zimmermann Julia Crilly Rachael Cisto
Brittany Cafiero Stephanie Klug Danielle Cafiero

Box (Scranton-St. Joseph {LI})
Box (Scranton-Pitt-Bradford)

SCRANTON, Pa.—Behind all-tournament performances by senior Julia Crilly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) and junior Lizzy Zimmermann (Livingston, NJ/Livingston), The University of Scranton volleyball team won its fourth Scranton Invitational title and first since 2012 Saturday at the Long Center.

Crilly and Zimmerman, each of whom was named to the all-tournament team, combined for 47 of the Royals 51 kills and 28 of their 69 digs in a 3-1 victory over St. Joseph (LI) in the morning.  They came back later in the afternoon to combined for 21 kills and 15 digs as Scranton won the title by downing 2010 champion Pitt-Bradford, 3-0.

The Royals previous titles came in the inaugural year of the event, 1998, and again in 2008 and 2012.

Sophomore setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) kept the Royal offense in control throughout the tournament, finishing with 18 assists in the win over St. Joseph and 33 more in the tournament-clinching victory over Pitt-Bradford.  She also contributed 12 digs and four service aces.  Her twin sister, Danielle Cafiero (Merrick, NY/Kellenberg Memorial), played a major part in today's wins, finishing with a combined 25 digs from her libero position.

The Royals also dominated the middle of the court area against St. Joseph, as juniors Stephanie Klug (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) and Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart) and Crilly combined for 13 of Scranton’s 17 total blocks.  Cisto also recorded four blocks against Pitt-Bradford.

Sam Curran of Wentworth (Mass.) was named the tournament’s most valuable player and Taylor McMillan of Pitt-Bradford, Heather Ferchland of St. Joseph (LI) and Tori Pernell of La Roche College joined Crilly and Zimmerman on the all-tournament team.

Cisto’s 15 blocks in four matches this weekend gives her 126 for her career, which is now 16th on the Royals’ all-time list.  

Scranton returns to action next Friday, September 5, against William Peace in the opening round of the Seagull Classic at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

--ROYALS--

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