The University of Scranton volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday to close out its season-opening Scranton Invitational with a 3-1 record. The Royals opened the day with a four-set victory over Brockport before falling to Eastern in three sets in a battle of unbeaten squads in the final match of the tournament.
Senior outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) was selected to the All-Tournament team following the completion of the day's action.
Match 1 vs. Brockport
In Saturday's opener against the Golden Eagles (1-2), Scranton came out strong with a 25-13 decision in the opening set before Brockport leveled the contest with a 25-16 win in game two. The Royals answered with a 25-17 victory followed by a 25-16 triumph in the third and fourth sets to seal their third straight win.
Kirwan powered down a match-high 16 kills to go along with 10 digs, Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) collected nine kills and a game-high 13 digs, and Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) added eight kills while tying for a match-high with four blocks.
Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) also totaled four blocks while Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) was the third Scranton player in double-figure digs with 12 in the match.
Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) paced all players in the opener with 34 assists and five service aces.
The Royals logged a .242 hitting percentage in the victory while limiting the Golden Eagles to a .096 rate on their attacks.
Match 2 vs. Eastern
The Eagles (4-0) completed a perfect weekend in the final match on Saturday in the Long Center by dealing the Royals their first setback of the season. Eastern claimed a narrow, 25-23 win in the opening set and took a two-games-to-none advantage with another tight decision, 25-22, in set two. The Eagles pulled away in the third set with a 25-13 victory.
Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) led Scranton with 11 kills while Schetroma and Kirwan tied for a team-high with 14 digs apiece.
Norman put up 26 assists in the match while Catherine Manning paced the Royals with three blocks in the loss.
Eastern hit .243 in the match compared to Scranton's .097 effort as the hosts committed 21 attack errors in the loss.
Scranton will host Muhlenberg on Wednesday night in a non-conference match starting at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.