SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton volleyball team (16-7) rallied from a first set defeat and took the next three in a 3-1 victory over the Marymount University Saints (12-11) on Friday night at the John Long Center in Scranton.
Scranton 3, Marymount 1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-12, 29-27)
The two teams traded runs back and forth for a majority of the first set and a kill by senior Abby Rzucidlo (Garnet Valley, Pa./Ursuline Academy) opened up an 18-13 lead for the Royals. From there, the Saints rallied to cut the lead to one at 21-20, but three straight Scranton points extended the lead back to four at 24-20. However, Marymount was able to close out the set with six straight points to take the 26-24 victory.
In the second set, Marymount held an early 6-5 lead, before a kill from junior Stephanie Margolies (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) tied things at six and ignited a run of 11 straight points for the Royals led to a 16-6 advantage. The Saints were able to battle back and cut the lead to four on three different occasions, but a service error and a kill from senior Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) closed out the 25-19 victory for Scranton.
Early on in the third set, the Royals held a slight edge at 8-6 when a Saints attacking error marked the beginning of six straight points and three straight service aces by Margolies opened up a 14-6 lead. The Royals led by as many as 13 at 24-11 and sophomore Sophia Hadjiyane (Huntington, N.Y./John Glenn) finished off the 25-12 win with a kill.
Scranton rallied for the victory in the fourth set as Marymount led 13-10 before five straight Royals points swung the score back to 15-13 in favor of the hosts. The Saints took seven of the next nine points to take a 20-17 lead, but Margolies evened things at 20 apiece with consecutive kills and both sides traded points until Marymount held a 24-22 advantage. Three straight points from Scranton including a kill by sophomore Erin Keaveney (Collegeville, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) made it 25-24 and a Saints attacking error eventually finished off a ninth straight victory at 29-27.
Margolies led the way offensively with 16 kills and Vitkus added 15 of her own, while Keaveney came through with 10.
Senior Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) delivered 41 assists on the night and also added 11 digs. Three different players tallied double digit digs for Scranton with Cox's 11, 19 from freshman Maddie Forry (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) and 13 from Vitkus.
Elsewhere for the Royals, Rzucidlo contributed six block assists.
The University of Scranton volleyball team is right back in action tomorrow at Stevenson with matches against the host Mustangs at 10 a.m. and Washington & Lee at 12 p.m.