Kirwan Named Invitational MVP, as Volleyball Outlasts Salve Regina, Shenandoah

Junior Kristin Kirwan was named the MVP of the Scranton Invitational on Saturday, as she posted a pair of double-digit kills matches against Salve Regina and Shenandoah.
Junior Kristin Kirwan was named the MVP of the Scranton Invitational on Saturday, as she posted a pair of double-digit kills matches against Salve Regina and Shenandoah.
Kristin Kirwan Kindler Norman Regina Schetroma


SCRANTON, Pa. - Junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) earned Most Valuable Player honors, as the University of Scranton volleyball team ended the 2017 Scranton Invitational with a pair of victories on Saturday inside the John Long Center. The Royals beat Salve Regina in a five-set thriller to start the day, 3-2, then rolled past Shenandoah, 3-0, in their final match of the weekend.

With the results, the Royals improved to 4-0 on the young season.

Scranton 3, Salve Regina 2 (25-6, 25-11, 20-25, 14-25, 15-7) | Box Score
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first match of the day for the Royals against Salve Regina, as Scranton bounced back from a pair of defeats in the middle of the match to take it in five sets.

To start, Scranton was downright dominant in the first two sets, as they rolled to a 19-point win in set one, then a 14-point victory in set two. In both sets, Scranton led throughout, as they looked poised to end the match in three sets.

But, in that third set, Salve Regina awoke, taking a five-point victory. In the fourth, Salve Regina was even more impressive, taking the set by 11 points over the Royals to send the match to a decisive fifth set.

In that fifth set, things started close between the squads, as Scranton clung to a 7-6 lead early. There, the Royals took control of the contest, scoring five points in a row to go up 12-6. That deficit was too much for the visiting Seahawks to come back from, as Scranton ended the match on an 8-1 run, clinching the contest on three straight kills by Kirwan.

Overall, Kirwan ended the first match of the day with a match-high 17 kills, as she hit a staggering .467 after making just three errors on 30 total attacks. Kirwan also finished the first match of the day with nine kills, as well.

Elsewhere, freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with 29 assists in the win, while fellow freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had 17 digs. Up front, sophomore Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had five of the eight blocks Scranton had in the win, one of which was of the solo variety.

Scranton 3, Shenandoah 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-22) | Box Score
Scranton had a much easier time in their second match of the day, as the Royals coasted past visiting Shenandoah to end their first weekend of the 2017 season undefeated.

After rolling in the first set to win by 11, Scranton faced an early deficit in the second set (9-6). But, a 13-3 Royals run (that gave them a 19-12 lead) put the visiting Hornets away for the second set, as the seven-point victory put Scranton up, 2-0.

In the third and final set, it was close to the final moments of play, as Shenandoah hung tough to tie the set up at 22-all late. But, Scranton ended the match and weekend with a flurry, scoring the final three points of the game to end the match and move to 4-0 on the young season in the process.

Overall, Kirwan went into double-figures again on the attack hammering home 13 kills with 10 digs. Norman finished with 25 assists, while Schetroma had 12 digs. Capogna ended the contest with five block-assists, as well.

Elsewhere, Scranton sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) was the other Royal to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team for the Invitational, as well.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, as they host Franklin & Marshall at the John Long Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.