SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Junior Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) once again shined for The University of Scranton volleyball team, finishing with 16 kills, but it wasn't enough, as the Royals dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Stevens on Friday evening in a match played at Susquehanna University (25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 27-25, 9-15).
With the loss, Scranton dropped to 8-6 overall for the year, while Stevens improved to 7-6 on the year with the win.
To open the match, the Royals got off to a fast start with a convincing 25-20 win in the first set. But, in the second and third sets, Stevens battled back to take the lead, winning the second set, 25-23, and the third set, 25-21.
Down by a game, Scranton rallied back in the fourth set to force a decisive fifth game, taking it by a score of 27-25 on a tie-break. In the set, Scranton scored the final three points after falling behind late, 25-24, as a service ace by sophomore Eryn Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Westridge School For Girls) clinched the set for the Royals.
But, in the fifth set, Stevens jumped out to an 8-4 lead and never gave it up the rest of the set to take the match in five. Scranton was able to cut the deficit to one (8-7), but the Ducks ended play on a 7-2 run to defeat the Royals.
On the night, Graham led the Scranton attack for the third straight match, as she hammered home 16 kills for the second time in three contests and for the third total time on the year. Boken, meanwhile, ended the night with 10 kills, and freshman Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) ended with nine kills.
Setting up the attack all match was junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) who went over 40 assists in a match for the second time in three games with 44. Junior libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) led the defense with 16 digs. Sophomore Sabrina LiVolsi (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) (14) and senior Kristin Bush (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) (13) also went into double-figures in digs, as well.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Saturday, as they travel to Lancaster for a pair of matches at Franklin & Marshall. First, at 2:30 p.m., the Royals take on Haverford, then at 5 p.m., Scranton will face-off with the host Diplomats of F&M.