|Carah Vitkus||Jillian Graham||Kindler Norman|
|Molly Dunfee||Victoria Capogna|
BETHLEHEM -- Freshman Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) matched a game-high with 12 kills, as The University of Scranton volleyball team battled back for an early 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 win at Moravian on Wednesday night in Landmark Conference play (21-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21).
With the victory, Scranton moved to 13-13 overall and evened their record in the Landmark Conference to 2-2 for the year. Moravian fell to 9-17 and 1-3 in the Landmark with the defeat.
To open the match, Moravian came out and took it to the Royals, taking a 25-21 opening set victory to open a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, however, Scranton clawed their way back into the match, as a 6-2 run late in action (that extended an 18-17 lead to a 24-19 edge) put the Royals up for good in an eventual 25-21 win that evened the match up at a set, apiece.
The third set saw Scranton dominate from the start, as a 13-1 run in the middle of play gave Scranton an insurmountable 19-7 lead. From there, they rolled to a 14-point victory to coast to a 2-1 lead in the match.
Looking to end the contest in four sets, Scranton once again used a scoring run in the middle of play to put away Moravian for the evening. This time, the Royals went on a 6-0 spurt (after the set was tied up at 7-7) to open up a 13-7 lead on the Greyhounds.
Moravian was unable to close the deficit the rest of the set against the Royals, as the closest they came to the lead was one point (19-18). Here, the Royals ended the match on a 6-3 run, clinching the Landmark Conference victory with a service ace after taking a 24-21 lead.
Overall in the win, Vitkus continued her stellar play of late with her 12 kill performance, as she also posted seven digs and four total blocks in the victory. For Vitkus, it marked the 10th straight match she's hit double-figures in kills and the 14th time overall for the year that she's accomplished the feat.
Elsewhere, junior Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) ended the night with 10 kills, marking the eighth time on the year she's gone into double-digits on the attack. Graham also ended the game with 10 digs and four blocks, as well.
Junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) once again went over 30 assists on the night setting up with Royals attack with 32 on the evening, as Norman now has 2,803 assists for her career (Norman needs just 22 more assists to move into fifth place in program history in career assists).
On defense, sophomore Molly Dunfee (King of Prussia, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) led the way with 21 digs, while upfront, senior Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had a big night, finishing with 12 total blocks (one solo) to record the most total blocks for a match in her career (Scranton had 24 total blocks, as a team, in the win).
The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday evening, as they host Marywood in a non-conference match inside the John Long Center. First serve is set for 5 p.m.