Volleyball Knocks off Penn State Behrend, Neumann at Knights Classic

Senior Danielle Cafiero went over 1,000 career digs in the Neumann match on Saturday, becoming one of 17 student-athletes in program history to hit the mark.
Senior Danielle Cafiero went over 1,000 career digs in the Neumann match on Saturday, becoming one of 17 student-athletes in program history to hit the mark.
Kristin Kirwan Danielle Cafiero

 

ASTON, Pa. - The University of Scranton volleyball team rolled past both Penn State Behrend and host Neumann at the Knights Classic on Saturday, besting PSU Behrend in four sets, while sweeping the host Knights in three sets.

With the victories, Scranton went to 12-12 on the year.

In their first match of the afternoon Scranton roared back from a loss in the first set to win three games in a row to take a victory over Penn State Behrend for the second time on the 2016 season in four sets (21-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-17).

In the victory, three Scranton players went into double-figures on kills, paced once again by sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), who had 16 kills in the victory. Kirwan, who hit .300 in the win, also had 17 digs on defense.

Elsewhere, sophomore Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) had 12 kills, along with three solo blocks and three block-assists, while fellow sophomore Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) finished with a career-high 13 kills in the victory.

Many of the attacks were set up by senior Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who ended the match with 48 assists.

Against host Neumann, the Royals pulled out a tough win on a tie-break in the first set, then rolled in the final two sets to end the weekend with a victory (28-26, 25-13, 25-17).

In the victory, Kirwan went into double-figures in kills for the fourth straight match (and for the 17th time on the year), ending the game with 11 kills. For her efforts, Kirwan was named to the Knights Classic All-Tournament team, Manning added seven more kills, while Brittany Cafiero had a match-high 29 assists.

Brittany's twin sister and fellow senior Danielle Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) hit a personal milestone in the victory, as with 28 digs she went over 1,000 in the category for her career at Scranton. Cafiero is now one of 16 student-athletes in program history to have over 1,000 digs in her career.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, traveling to Elizabethtown for their final Landmark Conference tri-match of the season. There, the Royals will take on host E-Town at 4 p.m., then Moravian at 6 p.m.

--ROYALS--