|Kristin Kirwan||Brittany Cafiero|
HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's volleyball team was unable to solve ninth-ranked Juniata in a 3-0 loss in a Landmark Conference semifinal playoff match on Wednesday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
The top-seeded Eagles dropped the fourth-seeded Royals, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, to advance to the conference championship on Saturday. Scranton's season came to an end at 22-16, the Royals' third straight season of 20 or more wins and fourth out of the last five.
Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) finished the match with eight kills, four digs and three total blocks to lead Scranton. She finished the season with 559 kills, which is both a school single-season record and a Landmark Conference single-season record.
Senior setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished her final career match with 23 assists and six digs. She finishes her career with 3,177 assists, which ranks fourth in school history. Her 1,082 assists this season are seventh-most in a single season in school history.
The Royals also received four kills, six digs and two total blocks from sophomore outside hitter Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and four kills and five total blocks from freshman middle hitter Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's).
The 2016 season also marked the seventh straight season and ninth out of 10 that Scranton has advanced to the Landmark Conference playoffs.