TOWSON, Md.. - Sophomore Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) posted 10 kills to lead the attack, as the University of Scranton volleyball team captured their first win in Landmark Conference play on Saturday at Goucher, besting the host Gophers in three sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-15).
In their first match of the day, Scranton dropped a decision to Catholic in four sets (23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 21-25). With the split, Scranton moved to 10-12 overall and 1-3 in the Landmark Conference.
In the Goucher match, Scranton broke open a match that was tied 17-17 in the first set to take a three point win to go up 1-0. It was more of the same in the second game, as Scranton once again took control over Goucher after the set was tied 17-17, this time ending the game on an 8-3 run to go up 2-0 in the match.
The third set was dominated by Scranton from the start, as the Royals raced out to a 16-7 lead and never looked back in a 10-point victory in the game to take the match in straight sets.
Overall, Manning led the way with her 10 kill afternoon, which was her third straight double-digit kill match. Elsewhere, senior setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) ended the match with 12 assists, while sophomore Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Mara Academy) had eight digs on defense.
In the Catholic match, Scranton fell behind 2-0 before rallying in the third game to win by three points, sending the match to a fourth set. But there, Catholic bounced back with a four-point win to take the match in four sets.
Overall in the defeat to Catholic, sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals attack with 12 kills, while posting 24 digs on defense. Manning ended with 11 kills, while senior setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had a match-high 30 assists.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, traveling to Lebanon Valley to take part in another tri-match, where they will take on host LVC and Gallaudet. Things get underway at 6 p.m.