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Volleyball Battles, but Drops Pair of Tough Matches to Stevenson and Washington & Lee

Photo Credit: ZJ Morse Photography
Photo Credit: ZJ Morse Photography

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The University of Scranton volleyball team (16-9) saw its nine match winning streak snapped with defeats against Stevenson (22-2) and Washington & Lee (13-8) in a tri-match that was hosted by Stevenson on Saturday at Owings Mills Gymnasium.

Stevenson 3, Scranton 1 (26-24, 22-25, 17-25, 16-25)

The two teams traded points for a majority of the first set and Stevenson held a 21-18 lead before four straight points from the Royals capped by a kill from junior Stephanie Margolies (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) made it 22-21 in favor of the visitors. Things were even at 24 when consecutive attacking errors by the Mustangs sealed the 26-24 victory for Scranton.

In the second set, it proved to once again be back and forth as the Royals rallied from a 17-13 deficit to cut the lead to one at both 19-18 and 23-22. However, this time around, Stevenson was able to close out the set and evened the match at one set apiece with the 25-22 win.

Stevenson took control early in the third set with a 7-3 lead and Scranton was unable to get any closer than four the rest of the way despite a rally that cut the lead to 19-15 before the Mustangs answered with three straight points and took the 25-17 victory.

A service ace from Margolies near the midway point of the fourth set opened up a 12-10 lead in favor of the Royals. From there, a kill by sophomore Erin Keaveney (Collegeville, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) made it 13-11, but Stevenson would take 14 of the final 17 points in the set for the 25-16 win.

Margolies led the way offensively for Scranton with 11 kills, while Keaveney added 10 of her own and senior Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) chipped in with nine. Fellow senior Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) set up the attack all match long with 35 assists.

Defensively, freshman Maddie Forry (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) had 19 digs to lead the Royals and Vitkus added 13.  

Washington & Lee 3, Scranton 2 (25-19, 15-25, 25-23, 20-25, 11-15)

The Royals came out firing in their second match of the day and a kill from Keaveney made it 11-1, but Washington & Lee battled back to slice the deficit to four at 14-10. Margolies answered with consecutive kills to start a four point run and Keaveney later finished off the 25-19 victory with a kill.

Washington & Lee took an early lead in the second set as they broke a three all tie by taking nine of the next 11 points for a 12-5 advantage. Scranton cut the lead to six at 14-8, but the Generals held off a rally and tied the match at one with the 25-15 victory.

Trailing 18-12 in the third set, the Royals took the next five points and 10 of the next 12 as a kill from Cox made it 22-20. Vitkus later gave Scranton a 2-1 lead in the match with a kill for the 25-23 victory.

The Royals held a slight 11-10 edge in the fourth set, but Washington & Lee answered with 10 straight points to take a 20-11 lead and despite a late Scranton rally that brought things within a pair at 20-18, the match went to a fifth set after the 25-20 Generals' victory.

Scranton battled throughout the fifth set, but the Generals took an early 9-3 lead and were able to hold on for the 15-11 win.

Vitkus paced the Royals with a season-high 24 kills and Margolies came through with 22, while Cox once again distributed 38 assists.

Forry had a career-high 37 digs to lead the way defensively.

The University of Scranton volleyball team will return home to host Manhattanville and Shenandoah in a tri-match next Saturday, Oct. 22 at the John Long Center with matches at 12 and 4 p.m.