BY JUSTIN DWYER
The University’s volleyball team had a tough weekend at the Neumann Invitational in Aston, Pa.
The Royals (4-10) dropped a pair of matches Friday in the opening round of the tournament. In the first match against Richard Stockton College, Scranton was defeated 3-1 despite junior outside hitter Julia Crilly having 12 kills and 30 assists. Freshman first-year Brittany Cafiero finished with 30 assists, while sophomore middle hitter Rachel Cisto had seven kills and two blocks.
In the nightcap against Widener University, Crilly recorded a season-high 23 kills and 13 digs to record her sixth double-double of the year. First-year outside hitter Brooke Ruditys led the Pride with six assists, while junior middle hitter Kaitlin Schnalzer recorded 15 kills for Widener. The one bright spot for Scranton was senior middle Kelly Johnson, who recorded four blocks and moved into 13th place on the Royals’ all-time list.
The Royals picked up their only win of the weekend Saturday by defeating Bryn Mawr College. Scranton’s Crilly finished with 10 kills, three digs and two blocks, while senior outside hitter Michaela McCrudden contributed six kills and two service aces. Although Bryn Mawr suffered the loss, junior outside hitter Samantha Abbott had 10 kills and teammate junior outside hitter Ellen Chiu finished with 16 assists for Bryn Mawr.
Saturday’s nightcap once again was not kind for the Royals. Scranton dropped the final match of the tournament by losing to Neumann College in three straight sets.
McCrudden finished with six kills and four assists, while Cafiero and sophomore setter Katherine Flanagan combined for 27 of the Royals’ 30 assists. Crilly finished with 25 kills and moved into ninth place on the Royals’ all-time list. She was also named to the weekend’s all-tournament team after finishing the tournament with 60 kills and 36 digs.
Scranton looked to get back on track Tuesday after the rough weekend, but the Royals once again came away empty handed when they faced SUNY Oneonta.
The Royals dropped to 3-1 despite Crilly finishing with a match-high nine kills and 10 digs. Scranton came back from a 25-11 loss in the first match to win the second match 25-20. The Red Dragons then rallied in the final two sets, winning 25-15 and 25-23. McCrudden had five kills and nine digs, while first-year setter Bailey Woods had 13 assists. Crilly is now 44 kills away from becoming the eighth player in Scranton history to record 1,000 kills in a career.
Scranton looks to get back on track 11 a.m. Saturday against Baptist Bible College and Penn State-Altoona in Clarks Summit.
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