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Volleyball Takes Two, Knocks off Swarthmore, Franklin & Marshall

© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
© Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

LANCASTER, Pa. - The University of Scranton volleyball team got back on track on Saturday, as the Royals knocked off Swarthmore (3-0) and host Franklin & Marshall (3-1) in road non-conference action.

With the victories, the Royals moved to 21-4 on the year, as Scranton has now won over 20 games in a season for the fifth time in the last eight seasons.

Scranton 3, Swarthmore 0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-22) | Box Score

In their first match of the day vs. Swarthmore, the Royals rode the momentum of a thrilling 28-26 win in the opening set the rest of the way to roll to a win in straight sets, their 11th such win of the year.

In the back-and-forth first set, Scranton finally put it away after a long tie-break and tied up at 26-all. Here, senior Trinity Manning (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had a kill to put the Royals up, 27-26, and on the next serve, freshman Maddie Orth (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) notched an ace to clinch the first set win for Scranton.

Things were much easier for Scranton in the second set, as they opened a 17-7 lead and never looked back in an eventual seven-point win to go up, 2-0, in the match. And, in the third set, a late 21-14 lead by the Royals was too much for Swarthmore to come back from, as Scranton clinched the win with a three-point victory in the third and final set.

Overall in the Swarthmore match, Manning matched a season/career-high with 12 kills to pace the Royals attack, while junior Carah Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had 10 kills. SeniorEryn Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Westridge School for Girls) finished with nine kills, while on defense, senior Molly Dunfee (King of Prussia, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) had a team-high 14 digs. Setting up the attack was junior Caileigh Cox (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), who had 28 assists.

Scranton 3, Franklin & Marshall 1 (25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16) | Box Score

In the nightcap against F&M, the Royals pulled out a 3-1 win to improve their record to 7-3 on the year in true road games.

After a dominating 12-point win in the first set, Scranton pulled out a tough two-point victory in the second to go up, 2-0, in the match.

Following a loss by the same score in the third game, the Royals put F&M away for good in the fourth set, opening a late 19-10 lead and never looking back in an eventual nine-point fourth set victory that clinched the victory for Scranton.

Overall in the F&M win, Manning went into double figures in kills yet again, finishing with 11 to post her third double-digit kill game in the last four contests for the Royals. Vitkus finished with 10 kills, eight digs, and four service aces, while sophomoreStephanie Margolies (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) had eight kills.

Dunfee led the Royals in digs with 15, while Cox went over 30 assists yet again with 32 in the victory. Cox, who also had 12 digs, has now had at least 30 assists in 17 games on the year for Scranton.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday evening, as they host Elizabethtown in Landmark Conference action in the John Long Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

--ROYALS--