UNION, N.J. - Freshman Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and junior Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) each went over 20 kills in the contest, but it wasn't enough, as The University of Scranton volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Hunter in their final match of the day at the North Jersey Challenge held at Kean University on Saturday (25-19, 26-24, 23-25, 21-25, 14-16).
In Scranton's first match of the afternoon, the Royals fell to the University of Northwestern, 3-0 (8-25, 21-25, 21-25). With the losses, the Royals dropped to 12-13 overall for the year.
In the Hunter match, the Royals got off to a great start, leaping out to a 2-0 lead after posting a six-point win in the first set, then a two-point triumph on a tie break in the second game.
But, Hunter fought back, claiming the third set by two and the fourth by four to send the match to a decisive fifth set. There, Scranton got to match point up 14-13, but Hunter was able to tally the final three points of play to take a 16-14 victory and the match.
Overall in the Hunter match, Vitkus put together the best game of her young career at Scranton with her 22-kill performance She also had 10 digs and three service aces in the win, as well.
Graham, meanwhile, had the best game of her career in the defeat on the attack, finishing with 20 kills. Senior Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) rounded out the top performers offensively in the loss with 11 kills.
Freshman Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), meanwhile, set up the attack all match collecting 57 assists and 15 digs. For her efforts in the match, Cox was named to the North Jersey Challenge All-Tournament team, as well. On defense, senior Kristin Bush (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) led the way in the defeat with 23 digs to round out the top performers for Scranton.
In the loss to Northwestern, Vitkus had 10 kills, as she has now posted double-digit kills in 10 straight matches. Junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) set up the attack all match with 19 assists while collecting 11 digs to lead the defense in the defeat.
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, as they take on Moravian in Landmark Conference play on the road. First serve is set for 7 p.m.