Volleyball Drops Pair On Saturday, Enters Landmark Playoffs As No. 4 Seed

Sophomore Kindler Norman finished with 93 assists in two matches on Saturday.
Sophomore Kindler Norman finished with 93 assists in two matches on Saturday.
Kristin
Kirwan
Kindler
Norman
Megan
Monastra
Eryn
Boken


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Scranton women's volleyball team fell in a pair of Landmark Conference matches on Saturday and will head into the postseason as the fourth seed in the Landmark playoffs.

The Royals (19-16, 3-3 Landmark) suffered a 3-0 loss to seventh-ranked Juniata (22-3, 6-0) and then dropped a heart-breaking 3-2 decision against the host, Catholic (19-12, 4-2). The defeat to the Cardinals bumped the Royals to the fourth seed, meaning they will face top-seeded Juniata on the road in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Juniata 3, Scranton 0 – box score

The Eagles held off the Royals in the opening set, 28-26 before posting 25-21 and 25-18 victories to take the match in straight sets.

Senior outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals with nine kills, six digs and a block assist. Fellow senior outside hitter Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) added eight kills, six digs and a service ace.

Freshman middle hitter Eryn Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Westridge School for Girls) added six kills, a service ace and a block assist, and sophomore setter Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with 28 assists and 12 digs.

Catholic 3, Scranton 2 – box score

Scranton took a quick 2-0 lead with 26-24 and 25-21 wins, but Catholic answered with a pair of 25-22 wins to force a fifth set. The Royals led 14-12, but Catholic knotted the match with two straight points. After the Royals took a 15-14 lead, Catholic scored the final three points to pull out the win.

Kirwan finished with a double-double of 18 kills and 15 digs along with three block assists. Monastra also had a double-double, finishing with 10 kills and 16 digs along with two service aces and a block assist.

Boken finished with 14 kills, three block assists and a service ace, and senior middle hitter Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) had 12 kills and seven block assists.

Norman finished with a career-high 65 assists and 10 digs, and sophomore defensive specialist Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had 21 digs and four service aces.

Scranton will be making its ninth straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance and its 11th in the past 12 seasons.

--ROYALS--