|Eryn Boken||Kyra Bevenour|
CORTLAND, N.Y. - After The University of Scranton and SUNY Cortland split the first two sets, the host Red Dragons pulled past the Royals in the third and fourth sets to take a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night (25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23).
With the loss, Scranton dropped to 4-3 overall for the year, while Cortland improved to 6-3 with the win.
In the opening set of the match, the host Red Dragons took an insurmountable 19-13 lead toward the end of play and never looked back to take a five-point win over the Royals and a 1-0 lead in the match.
But, the second set, Scranton fought back, scoring four of the final five points of play (the Royals held a slim 21-20 lead when the rally began) to take a 25-21 victory and knot the match up at one game apiece.
The third set, however, saw Cortland come back strong, as they rolled to a six-point win after opening a 19-8 lead and never looking back. In the fourth and what turned out to be the final set, Scranton let a 20-15 lead slip away, as the Red Dragons ended the set on a 10-3 run to take the match, 3-1.
Overall, sophomore Eryn Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Westridge School For Girls) had a big game in a losing effort, posting a season-high 12 kills to lead the Scranton attack. At the net, Boken also had four block-assists in the loss, as well.
Elsewhere, freshman Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y/Mahopac) finished with eight kills, as did junior Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh). Setting up the attack all night was junior Kyra Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Township), who led the team with 30 assists and 25 digs, while junior libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) had 18 digs in the defeat.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, traveling to Pittsburgh for the 2019 Carnegie Mellon Invitational. In the first day of play, the Royals will take on Muskingum (2 p.m.) and Case Western Reserve (4 p.m.).