|Megan Monastra||Kristin Kirwan||Kindler Norman|
SCRANTON, Pa. - Junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) slammed home a career-high 16 kills, as the University of Scranton volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to capture a thrilling 3-2 (14-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-10) victory over Franklin & Marshall in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the John Long Center.
With the victory, the Royals improved to 5-0 on the young season, while Franklin & Marshall dropped to 3-1 with the defeat.
In the outset of the match, things could not get any worse for Scranton, as F&M handled the Royals with ease in the first two sets to go up, 2-0, in the match. In the opening frames, the Royals only held a lead for one serve (Scranton led 4-3 early in the second set), as the visiting Diplomats appeared poised to end the match early.
But, Scranton attacked back in the third game, opening up an insurmountable 14-6 lead early and never looking back in a six-point victory. Still down two games to one, the Royals were even more dominant in the fourth set, as they tallied the final eight points of play to blow open what was once a 17-16 game into a 25-16 win.
In the fifth and decisive set, Scranton continued to ride the momentum they built over the third and fourth sets to go up, 8-4. F&M, however, roared back and cut the Scranton lead down to 10-8, then 12-10, which prompted a Royals timeout.
The timeout proved to come just at the right time for the Royals, as they scored the final three points of play to take the match in five. Up 14-10, Monastra finished off her banner night with a kill, clinching the come-from-behind win for Scranton.
Overall, Monastra led the way with her 16-kill effort, which matched a game-high. She also posted 10 digs on the defensive end and had a block-assist in the win, as well.
Elsewhere, fellow junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) had another strong night for Scranton, finishing with 14 kills and 18 digs. Freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) continued her solid play with 35 assists, six digs, and two block assists, while fellow freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had 17 digs.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday evening, traveling to Kean University for the Cougar Classic. There, the Royals will play Hood (at 6 p.m.) and SUNY-Plattsburgh (at 8 p.m.)