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Volleyball Tops Marywood & Cabrini; Extends Winning Streak to Seven

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton volleyball team (14-7) posted a pair of victories over Marywood (9-9) and Cabrini (10-9) to extend its winning streak to seven on Friday night at the John Long Center in Scranton.

The Royals began the night with a 3-1 win over Marywood and closed things out with a 3-0 sweep of Cabrini.

Scranton 3, Marywood 1 (26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16)

Things were tied at 13 apiece in the first set when Marywood took the next five points to open up an 18-13 advantage for the time being. The Pacers held a 20-14 lead, but Scranton took the next six points including two kills from freshman Deanna Whelpley (Congers, N.Y./Immaculate Heart Academy) to even the match at 20 apiece. From there, the back and forth affair continued as Marywood held a 24-23 lead before three straight Royals points led to the 26-24 victory as Whelpley closed things out with a kill.

In the second set, the Pacers opened an early 8-7 advantage, but Scranton took the lead for good with five straight points capped off by consecutive kills from sophomore Katherine Denitz (Lansdale, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) that made it 12-8. Marywood was unable to get any closer than three the rest of the way and the Royals rolled to a 25-17 win.

Marywood led for a majority of the third set and held a 16-11 lead at one point before the Royals were able to draw within one on three different occasions at 17-16, 22-21 and 24-23. However, the Pacers' Shannon Corr sent the match to a fourth set with a kill to make it 25-23 in favor of the visitors.

The Royals led 11-9 in the fourth set when sophomores Maddie Orth (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) and Catherine O'Sullivan (Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber) delivered two kills apiece as part of a six point run that extended the lead to eight at 17-9. After Marywood cut the advantage to four at 20-16, Scranton sealed the four set victory with five straight points capped by consecutive attacking errors.

O'Sullivan paced the Royals with a career-high 15 kills, while Whelpley and freshman Erin Gretsky (Middletown, N.J./Saint John Vianney) added seven apiece. Sophomore Gianna Detorie (Rumford, R.I./Bishop Feehan) and junior Ryann Hoffman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) helped set up the attack as the former had 22 assists and the latter contributed 20 of her own, marking a new career-high for both setters.

Sophomore Kaelie Chung (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) added 19 digs, four assists and three service aces in the victory for Scranton. 

Scranton 3, Cabrini 0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14)

Scranton held a slight 12-11 advantage in the first set when sophomore Sophia Hadjiyane (Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn) came through with a kill to ignite a five point run that made it 17-11. Cabrini battled back within three at 17-14 and 24-21, but Hadijyane and senior Abby Rzucidlo (Garnet Valley, Pa./Ursuline Academy) delivered a block assist to clinch the 25-21 win in set one.

The two teams fought back and forth for much of the second set and neither team led by more than three. After the Royals led 19-16, Cabrini came back with three straight points to tie things at 19 and eventually took a 23-22 lead. Following a Scranton timeout, consecutive kills from sophomore Erin Keaveney (Collegeville, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), Whelpley and Hadjiyane led to a 25-23 victory and a two set advantage.

Head coach Jamie Spangler's team proved dominant for much of the third set and broke things open with a five point run that turned an 8-6 lead into 13-6. The Royals stretched the lead into double digits at 19-9 and Hadjiyane later finished off the sweep with a kill at 25-14.

Junior Stephanie Margolies (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) led the Royals' attack with 12 kills in the match and the duo of Keaveney and Whelpley added 10 apiece. Senior Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) had a match-high 40 assists and also added four kills and 10 digs on the evening.

Freshman Maddie Forry (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) helped lead Scranton's defense on the night with a match-high 18 digs.

Hannah Dalton paced Cabrini with 11 kills in the setback.

The Royals host Moravian in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night at the John Long Center with first serve slated for 7 p.m.