|Carah Vitkus||Kindler Norman|
TOWSON, Md. - Freshman Carah Vitkus (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) finished off an impressive regular season with 11 kills to lead the attack, as The University of Scranton volleyball team clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth with a 3-0 win at Goucher on Saturday (25-13, 25-17, 25-23).
In their first match of the afternoon, the Royals fell in straight sets to Elizabethtown, 3-0 by scores of 25-19, 26-24, and 26-24. With the split, Scranton ends the regular year with a 15-17 mark, 3-3 in the Landmark Conference.
Against Goucher, the Royals rolled in the first sets to open a 2-0 lead, and in the third set, a 5-0 run by the Royals turned a 17-16 deficit into a 21-17 lead late. Once the Royals grabbed the lead back, they took control, as a kill by senior Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) with the set at 24-23 clinched the match for Scranton.
Overall int the win over the Gophers, Vitkus finished off her regular season with an 11-kill effort. Many of Vitkus' kills were set up by junior Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), who finished with 24 assists Entering the playoffs, Norman has 2,990 career assists, as she also had 12 digs in the win.
Elsewhere, sophomore Sabrina LiVolsi (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) led the defense with 14 digs, while sophomore Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had four total blocks upfront for the Royals.
In their first match of the afternoon against Elizabethtown, the Royals fought hard in the final two sets after dropped a six-point decision in the first set. But, the Blue Jays were able to take tie-breakers over the Royals in both sets to take the match in straight sets and clinch the third-seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs in the process.
Against Elizabethtown, Vitkus had 12 kills to lead the way, while junior Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) had 10 kills. Norman finished with contest with 31 assists, and junior Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) led the defense with 19 digs in a losing effort.
Scranton now sets their sights on the Landmark Conference playoffs, which begin Wednesday for the Royals at top-seeded Susquehanna, who finished the Landmark Conference regular season unbeaten at 6-0. The time for Wednesday's match has been set for 7:30 p.m.
More information on the 2019 Landmark Conference Volleyball tournament will be posted throughout the week at athletics.scranton.edu.