Volleyball Bests DeSales in Four, Falls to Hunter in Five-Set Thriller on Senior Day

Senior Kristin Bush led the Royals in digs in both matches on the day, as the volleyball team beat DeSales (3-1) and lost to Hunter (3-2) in their 2019 home finale inside the John Long Center on Saturday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Senior Kristin Bush led the Royals in digs in both matches on the day, as the volleyball team beat DeSales (3-1) and lost to Hunter (3-2) in their 2019 home finale inside the John Long Center on Saturday. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Victoria Capogna Kristin Bush

 

SCRANTON - On an afternoon where seniors Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Kristin Bush (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) were honored, The University of Scranton volleyball team knocked off DeSales in four sets (3-1), before having a valiant comeback bid cut short by Hunter (3-2) in five sets on Saturday in the John Long Center.

With the split, the Royals moved to 14-15 overall for the year.

Scranton 3, DeSales 1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-10, 25-20) | Box Score

In their opening match of the day, the Royals rallied to win three straight sets after dropping a tough 25-23 decision in the opening game.

Included in Scranton's 3-0 run was a pair of double-digit point victories in the second and third sets, as in the third set alone, the Royals opened an insurmountable 16-1 lead in the middle of the game.

In the fourth and final set, the Royals rallied late. Down 19-17, Scranton ended play on an 8-1 run, taking a five-point, game-clinching win over the visiting Bulldogs in the process.

In the victory, freshman Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led a balanced Scranton attack with nine kills. Sophomore Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and junior Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) had eight kills, apiece, in the win, while junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) set up the attack with 30 assists.

Scranton's two senior's also had big games in the win, as Bush led the defense with 18 digs, and Capogna had seven total blocks up front (one solo).

Hunter 3, Scranton 2 (18-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 7-15) | Box Score

Playing Hunter for the second time in as many weeks, the Royals once again battled the Hawks to the distance, but once again, Scranton came up just short.

After falling in heartbreaking fashion on a tie-break in the second set, 27-25, to go behind, 2-0, in the match, Scranton came back strong in the third set to extend play with a five-point win.

In a back and forth fourth set, Scranton pulled away late, ending play on a 3-1 run (with the match tied up at 22-all) to send the game to a decisive fifth set. But, there, Hunter opened up an insurmountable 11-4 lead late to roll to a game-clinching eight-point win.

Overall in the defeat for the Royals, Graham and Vitkus led the attack with 16 kills, apiece, while junior Tess Ungerleider (Springboro, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) had 11 kills. Setting up the attack all match was Norman, who ended with a staggering 51 assists, a season-high for the junior. Bush, meanwhile, led the defense in her final home game with 17 digs.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, traveling to Stevenson for their final non-conference game of the 2019 regular season. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

--ROYALS--