HOBOKEN, N.J. – Sophomore Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) recorded her 1,000th career dig on Saturday as The University of Scranton volleyball team suffered a pair of setbacks at the Stevens Invitational.
Schetroma became the 19th player in Royals' history to reach the 1,000 dig milestone in Scranton's five-set loss to 18th ranked Ithaca in Scranton's first match on Saturday. The sophomore now has 1,015 digs in her career after finishing with 23 digs against the Bombers before adding 11 more against Haverford.
The Royals (16-14) dropped a five-set thriller against 18th ranked Ithaca in Saturday's opening match before falling to Haverford in four sets as the team finished 2-2 at this weekend's tournament.
Senior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) totaled 25 kills on the day and now needs just nine more kills to break the all-time Landmark Conference record of 1,751 held by Susquehanna's Lindsey Jankiewicz.
Match 1 vs. Ithaca
Scranton took nationally-ranked Ithaca to five sets in Saturday's first match, but the Bombers (15-5) prevailed as the Royals were playing in their fourth straight five-set match.
Scranton earned a hard-fought, 29-27, victory in the opening set to take the early advantage before Ithaca leveled the match with a 25-13 win in the second game. The Bombers then went ahead with a 25-20 decision in the third set, but the Royals rallied to force its fourth straight five-set match and ninth of the season with a 25-18 triumph in the fourth set.
In the deciding frame, Ithaca held a narrow, 9-8 edge before scoring six of the final eight points to pull away with a 15-10 victory to win the match.
Kirwan paced Scranton with 15 kills, senior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) added nine kills and four aces, and freshman Eryn Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Westridge School for Girls) posted eight kills to go along with four blocks.
Sophomore Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) put up 35 assists and picked up nine digs.
Scranton hit .127 as a team in the match and totaled 53 digs and 12 aces while committing 23 attack errors.
Ithaca logged a .174 hitting percentage and had 60 digs and 19 aces while totaling 29 attack errors in the win.
Match 2 vs. Haverford
In Saturday's tournament finale, Haverford (8-15) avenged a three-set sweep suffered to the Royals on September 14 at Neumann by defeating Scranton in four sets.
The Fords won the opening set 25-17 before building a 2-0 advantage by edging the Royals in second set, 25-23. Scranton kept the match alive with a tight, 27-25 win in the game three, but Haverford took the fourth set, 25-20, to post the victory.
Kirwan and sophomore Tess Ungerleider (Springboro, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) tied for a match-high with 10 kills apiece with Kirwan also pacing the Royals with 17 digs. Ungerleider's 10 kills marked a new career-high for the sophomore.
Sophomore Kyra Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Township) put up a match-high 36 assists to go along with 16 digs while Monastra (14) and Schetroma (11) also reached double-figures for digs.
Freshman Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) paced the Royals at the net with three blocks against the Fords.
Scranton hit .050 as a team with 34 errors. The Royals totaled 83 digs and had six aces in the match.
Haverford won the match with a .087 hitting percentage while totaling 88 digs and 10 aces and committing 25 attack errors.
Scranton resumes Landmark Conference play on Wednesday when it hosts Moravian at 7 p.m. in the John Long Center.