|Megan Monastra||Kate Calabro||Kindler Norman|
CARLISLE, Pa. - Down 2-1 entering the fourth set to host Dickinson, the University of Scranton volleyball team clawed their way back to force a decisive fifth game, then won that to take the non-conference match, 3-2, on the road on Wednesday night (21-25, 25-18, 13-25, 25-19, 15-10).
With the victory, Scranton improved to 24-2 overall on the year, while with the tough defeat, Dickinson dropped to 8-13 overall.
In the win, Scranton split the first two sets, before falling by 12 points in the third set to go down 2-1 against the host Red Devils entering the fourth game.
There, Scranton scored the final three points of play (after opening a 22-19 lead on the Red Devils) to take the game, 25-19, and send it to a fifth set.
In the fifth set, Scranton put away Dickinson quick, as they opened up an insurmountable 10-4 lead. Up 13-6, the Red Devils tried to get back in it, winning four points in a row to slice the Royals lead down to 13-10, but the Royals extinguished the threat by winning the final two points in a row to take the match in five.
Overall on the night, Scranton was led on the attack by two junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) who both had 10 kills, apiece. Junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) finished with nine kills, while freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) ended with a match-high 41 assists, while also finishing with 14 digs.
On the defensive end, freshman libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) finished with 16 digs, while senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) rounded out the top performers on the night with 10 digs and six kills.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, as they host a pair of matches with Hartwick (3 p.m.) and Manhattanville (7 p.m.) inside the Long Center. Before the Manhattanville match, the Royals will honor the five members of their senior class for 2017.