|Caileigh Cox||Kindler Norman||Victoria Capogna|
ANNVILLE, Pa. - Freshman Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randlph) finished with a game-high 13 kills to lead the way, as The University of Scranton volleyball team made quick work of host Lebanon Valley on Friday evening in a 3-0 sweep of the Dutchmen (25-20, 27-25, 25-19).
With the win, Scranton improved to 3-1 overall, while Lebanon Valley dropped to 2-3 with the defeat.
With Scranton kicking off a nine-match road swing that will last the next two weeks in the match, LVC was first to strike in the opening set, taking an early 12-9 lead on the Royals. Scranton, however, came back strong, as a 6-1 run gave them a 15-13 lead in the middle of the set.
Once Scranton took a lead in the opening set, they never gave it up, as the Royals eventually opened up a 20-15 edge and never looked back in a five-point win to go up, 1-0, in the match.
The second set was a nip and tuck affair between the squads, with things coming to a head with Lebanon Valley on set point up 25-24 after a service ace.
Facing a defeat, Scranton fought back, taking the final three points of the game to grab a 2-0 lead in the contest. In the run, senior Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had a kill that tied the match back up at 25-all, then junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) posted a set clinching ace.
With a chance to put LVC away for the night in the third set, Scranton did just that, opening up an insurmountable 17-9 lead on the Dutchmen in the middle of the action. The eight-point deficit was too much for LVC to come back from, as Scranton coasted down the stretch for a six-point win to clinch their third victory of the young season.
Overall, Cox posted a triple-double in the victory, finishing with 13 kills, 12 assists, and 12 digs. Cox also hit.462 in the win and had just one error, as well.
Elsewhere, three players had six kills in the victory - Capogna, Norman, and freshman Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y.). Norman also added 11 assists, six digs, four blocks (one solo) and two service aces in the win, too. Rounding out the top performers for Scranton was junior Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) who had a team-high 14 digs to lead the defense.
The University of Scranton continues their road swing through southern Pennsylvania tomorrow, as the Royals head to York (Pa.) for a pair of matches. First, at 2 p.m., the Royals will take on Stevenson, followed by a match-up with host York at 4 p.m.