The University’s women’s volleyball competed in a tri-match against Cabrini College and Rutgers-Camden College this past weekend. The team split their matches with a 3-2 win over Rutgers-Camden and 0-3 lose versus Cabrini, followed by a 3-1 win over Marywood Tuesday night.
Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly returned to the line-up Saturday, following an injury that forced her out of the game Oct. 24.
“It’s good,” Crilly said in reference to her injury. “Almost back to normal, it doesn’t hurt anymore but its better.”
She did not miss a beat. Crilly posted 21 kills and 34 digs during the two matches. The 21 kills moved her into 5th place on the all-time kills list at the school with 1,148.
First-year Bailey Woods played exceptionally well, adding 41 assists and 10 digs in the win against Rutgers-Camden. Tuesday, the team faced off against non-conference Marywood Tuesday. The Royals (10-21) rallied after dropping the first set, 13-25, to win the final three sets, 25-18, 25-14 and 27-25.
The victory improves the Royals to 6-2 over the team’s last eight matches.
Sophomore defensive specialist Kim Marino said the team has overcome the loss of seniors from last season’s squad.
“It definitely would be an adjustment because we had four seniors last year,” Marino said. “But Kelly [Johnson] and Michaela [McCrudden] really brought us all together and made it a smooth transition.”
Marino said the team is preparing for the upcoming playoffs.
“If we can play to our best ability we will come out with the win against Moravian [the Royals’ first opponent],” Marino said.
Michaela McCrudden said she has mixed feeling as her career comes to an end.
“It is definitely a bittersweet feeling because although I am going to miss the sport so much, there’s no where I would rather be finishing than here with my team,” McCrudden said.
The Royals will wrap up regular season play Saturday against Lebanon Valley and Gallaudet. The Royals will host Moravian 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Landmark Conference semifinal.
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