SWARTHMORE - Junior Tess Ungerleider (Springboro, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) and freshman Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had 11 kills, apiece, to lead the attack, but it wasn't enough, as The University of Scranton volleyball team fell, 3-0, to Messiah on Friday evening in a match played at Swarthmore College (28-30, 20-25, 19-25).
With the defeat, Scranton fell to 11-9 overall, while Messiah improved to 16-5 on the year with the win.
To open play Friday, Scranton and Messiah battled in the first set, as it remained deadlocked in a tiebreak at 25-25 late. On two separate occasions, Scranton had chances to win the set after leading 27-26 and 28-27. But, each time, Messiah came back to tie things back up. In the final moments of the set, Messiah scored the final three points of play to take it, 30-28, and hold a 1-0 lead in the contest.
The next two sets, however, saw Messiah take control in the middle of play and never look back in a pair of convincing victories to sweep the match against the Royals, 3-0.
Overall in the defeat for Scranton, Vitkus and Ungerleider led the way with their 11 kill evenings. For Ungerleider, the double-digit kill effort was her fourth of the year, while Vitkus accomplished that feat for the fourth straight game and the fifth time in six contests.
Setting up the attack all evening was junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa,/Upper St. Clair), who had 28 assists to go into double-figures in that statistical category for the 10th straight game.
The University of Scranton volleyball team will look to bounce back tomorrow, as they take on two more opponents at Swarthmore. First, Scranton will take on Marymount at 12 p.m., followed by a match-up with host Swarthmore at 4 p.m.