|Megan Monastra||Kristin Kirwan||Kindler Norman|
The University of Scranton and Muhlenberg College played a five-set match for the third year in a row on Wednesday night in the John Long Center, but the Mules, who are receiving votes in the latest AVCA national top-25 poll, prevailed for the second straight year in non-conference volleyball action.
Scranton (3-2) won Wednesday's opening set 25-22, but Muhlenberg (4-1) leveled the match with a 25-20 decision in the second set. The Royals went back in front with another 25-22 win in game three, but the Mules once again answered with a 25-20 win to set up the deciding fifth set, which went to the visitors, 15-10.
Scranton received double-doubles from Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) (12 kills, 14 digs) and Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) (14 kills, 11 digs) in the setback while Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) added 12 kills in the setback.
Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) racked up a team-leading 45 kills to go along with eight kills and nine digs while Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) tied for a match-high with 24 digs.
Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) totaled nine kills and two blocks for the Royals while Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) contributed eight kills for the hosts, who hit .228 in the match as a team, but committed 17 service errors to seven for Muhlenberg.
Monastra added a team-best four aces while Kirwan also had a pair of blocks.
The Mules posted a .247 hitting percentage in the victory and had an 83-73 edge in digs and had 10 total blocks to six for the Royals.
Scranton will head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. this weekend to partake in the Vassar College Invitational. The Royals will open the tournament on Friday night with matches against the University of New England (6 p.m.) and Fredonia (8 p.m.)