The University of Scranton volleyball team celebrated its Senior Night in style on Friday, defeating Gallaudet and Lebanon Valley in non-conference tri-match in the John Long Center. The Royals defeated the Bison in four sets in Friday's opener before edging the Flying Dutchmen in a thrilling, five-set affair in the nightcap to improve to 19-14 on the season.
On a night when Scranton celebrated seniors Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), along with graduate student Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester), sophomore Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) reached a major milestone, becoming just the seventh player in in program history to reach 2,000 career assists.
Kirwan also broke another record on the evening, setting a new Scranton mark for career attack attempts, surpassing the mark of 4,647 previously established by Julia Crilly from 2011-2014. Kirwan broke the record in the Royals' second match of the evening and now has 4,699 attempts in her career.
Match 1 vs. Gallaudet
Scranton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Friday's opening match against Gallaudet (14-14) by posting set wins of 25-20 and 25-18. The Bison came back with a 25-21 triumph to keep the match alive, but the Royals countered with a 25-21 win of their own to close out the victory.
Monastra led Scranton with 17 kills and picked up 16 digs while Kirwan added 11 kills in the win.
Norman put up match-highs of 43 assists and six aces while tying with freshman Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) for a match-best with three blocks.
Sophomore Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) picked up a team-leading 20 digs which also tied for the match-high while classmate Kristin Bush (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) also reached double-figures in digs with 10.
Sophomore Tess Ungerleider (Springboro, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) added seven kills for the Royals, who hit .189 as a team in the match.
Match 2 vs. Lebanon Valley
Lebanon Valley (14-10) took the early advantage in Friday's nightcap with a 25-21 win in the opening set, but Scranton leveled the match with a narrow, 25-23, decision in game two. The Flying Dutchmen outlasted the Royals in a marathon third set, 30-28, but Scranton forced their 10th five-set match of the fall with a 25-21 victory in set four. The Royals completed the comeback by holding off the visitors in another set that came down to the wire, 15-13, for their second win of the night.
Norman put up a career-high 64 assists to set up four Royals in double-figures for kills and reached the 2,000-assist plateau on Scranton's sixth point of the third set.
Kirwan totaled 22 kills and picked up 19 digs, Manning floored 13 kills to go along with four blocks which tied for a match-high, sophomore Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) totaled 12 kills, and Monastra added 11 kills in the win.
Schetroma again led Scranton defensively, this time totaling a match-high 23 digs while Norman added 15 digs of her own to complete a double-double.
As a team, the Royals hit .202 in the match and had nice aces including two apiece from Kirwan, Schetroma, and freshmen Sabrina LiVolsi (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) and Molly Dunfee (King of Prussia, Pa./Villa Maria Academy).
Scranton will close out the regular season next Saturday, Oct. 27, with a Landmark Conference tri-match at Catholic that will determine playoff seeding and semifinal matchups. The Royals will take on Juniata at 2:30 p.m. before closing the day against the host Cardinals at 5 p.m. in Washington, D.C.