The University of Scranton volleyball team kicked off their 2017 campaign on Friday in style, as the Royals rolled past both Wells and Mt. Aloysius in a pair of three sets sweeps on the opening day of the 2017 Scranton Invitational inside the John Long Center.
With the victories, the Royals open the season with a 2-0 record.
Scranton 3, Wells 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-19) | Box Score
In their first match of the day and season, the Royals made quick work of visiting Wells, as they trailed only once in the entire three set affair (Scranton fell behind 3-1 early in the second set).
A balanced attack paced the Royals in their first game of the day, as junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J. / Immaculate Heart Academy) began her 2017 season by slamming home a team-best nine kills. Fellow junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) ended with seven kills, while senior Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) had six kills, as the Royals hit .304 in their first game of the season.
Elsewhere, freshman setter Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with a match-high 31 assists in her first collegiate match, while Kirwan finished with 14 digs on the defensive end. Up front, Norman and Manning combined to team up for five block-assists, apiece, to round out the top performers for Scranton in the opening match of the day.
Scranton 3, Mt, Aloysius 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-10) | Box Score
It was more of the same for Scranton in the nightcap, as the Royals blitzed the visiting Mounties in three sets.
In the opening frame, Mt. Aloysius took an early 10-9 lead over the Royals, but Scranton attacked back, taking a 17-15 lead in the middle of the game. From there, Scranton continued to control action, ending the match on a 7-3 run to take a 25-18 decision in game one.
In the second set, the Royals never trailed, opening up an insurmountable 17-6 lead at one point on their way to an eight point game two victory to go up 2-0 in the match. The third and final set had a similar tone to the second, as Scranton went up double-digits (19-7) and never looked back, rolling to their second straight three set triumph in the process.
Overall, sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had a big match on the attack for the Royals, as she slammed home 16 kills, while Manning finished off a strong night with nine kills. On defense, freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) finished with a match-high 20 digs, while fellow freshman Kyra Bevenour (Sicklersville, N.J./Washington Township) finished with a game-high 15 assists.
The University of Scranton volleyball team concludes play at the Scranton Invitational Saturday, as they take on Salve Regina and Shenandoah. The Salve Regina match will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Shenandoah contest at 11:30 a.m. inside the John Long Center.