UNION, N.J. – The University of Scranton women's volleyball team continued its red-hot start to the season, posting victories over Kean and New York University on Saturday at the Cougar Classic at Kean University.
The 9-0 start matches the second-best start in program history. The Royals finished 10-0 in 1978 in the program's third season of existence. They also started the season 9-0 in 2012.
Scranton opened the day with a 3-0 win over Kean, then defeated NYU, 3-1, to continue the team's early season dominance. Junior outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) was named MVP of the event while freshman setter Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) was also named to the all-tournament team.
Scranton 3, Kean 0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17) - box score
Kirwan led the Royals with 13 kills and 11 digs while senior outside hitter Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) had six kills and 10 digs.
Norman finished the match with 37 assists, junior outside hitter Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) had seven kills and sophomore middle hitter Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had six kills. Freshman libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) added a team-high 14 digs in the victory.
Scranton 3, New York Univ. 1 (25-13, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19) - box score
Kirwan had another big game, finishing with 20 kills and 12 digs. Norman played distributor with perfection, finishing with 58 assists, the most of her young collegiate career. She also tied for the team lead with 12 digs.
Capogna finished with 11 kills and three block assists, Rentzheimer had 11 kills, Schetroma came up with 12 digs and Monastra had 11 of her own. Senior middle hitter Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) added 10 kills.
The Royals will try to match the program record for consecutive wins to start a season when they travel to Cortland, N.Y. to take on Cortland State on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.