Volleyball Takes Five-Set Thriller over Muhlenberg to Cap Buttermaker Tournament

Kristin Kirwan Bailey Woods


Box Score (Marymount) | Box Score (Muhlenberg)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) ended a banner weekend for the University of Scranton volleyball team with a bang, finishing with 22 kills to lead the Royals to a five-set win over host Muhlenberg (25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-8) in the final match of the 2016 Buttermaker Tournament.

In their first match of the day, the Royals dropped a tough one in five sets to Marymount (25-16, 19-25, 14-25, 25-23, 7-15). With the results, Scranton went to 6-4 on the season.

After battling and losing in a tough five-set match to Marymount, Scranton came right back out and played Muhlenberg, and started on the right foot with a four-point win in the first set. The Mules, however, came back in the second set and notched a four-point win of their own to notch the match up at a game apiece.

In the third set, it was back and forth until Muhlenberg took a 23-22 lead late. There, Scranton scored the final three points of the set to take the win, as freshman Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and junior Shannon Savitsky (Centerreach, N.Y./St. Anthony's) recorded back-to-back kills in the games last moments to win the game for Scranton.

But, in the fourth set, Muhlenberg bounced back with a big 13-point victory to send the match to a decisive fifth set. There, both teams were tied at 5-5 early, until the Royals finally put away the Mules, going on a 10-3 run to end the match, winning by seven points in the final game to win their sixth match of the year.

In the win, Kirwan once again had over 20 kills in match, accomplishing the feat for the third time in the last six matches. For her efforts, Kirwan was named to the All-Buttermaker Tournament team, as well.

Many of Kirwan's successful attacks were set up by senior Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), who finished with 40 assists, to go along with 16 digs.

Against Marymount, Kirwan led the attack with 12 kills in hard-fought five set defeat. Meanwhile, senior Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had 25 assists and 13 digs in the loss.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Cortland State in an out-of-conference match inside the John Long Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m.