Published: October 9, 2015
The University women’s volleyball team continues to hold its standing in the Landmark Conference.
Saturday, the Royals defeated the Moravian College Greyhounds 3-2 (25-14, 19-25, 29-31, 25-16, 15-6), in a five game match set at the John Long Center.
Senior Lizzy Zimmerman said it was a very important match. By the fifth match, the Royals and the Greyhounds had each won two matches.
“It’s always been back and forth with Moravian. We’ve always been competitive with them,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman led the team with 17 kills in the game. Senior Rachel Cisto helped the team with six blocks. Senior Kim Marino had 19 digs and junior Brittany Cafiero and sophomore Morgan Rentzheimer completed the game with three service aces each.
Competitive they were. Both the Greyhounds and Royals put out a strong fight. By the final match it came down to which team was more determined. The Royals came ready to fight and win the final match. The Royals held their lead in the match and were not giving it up. By the time Royals’ senior Rachel Cisto was up to serve, they were already beating the Greyhounds 8-3.
Although the Greyhounds did try to catch up, they were unable to. When the Greyhounds’ Jaclyn Smith hit the ball out of bounds it gave the Royals their 15th and final point to win the final match.
During the third set of the game, both teams went back and forth, not wanting to let the other team win. Every time Moravian went up a point, The University came right back to get a point. Royals Kim Marino and Brittany Cafiero made a great attempt to keep a ball in play by diving for it, but both players came up just short of the ball. After a consistent back and forth, Moravian won that set 31-29.
Going into the fourth match, the Greyhounds were up 2-1. If the Greyhounds won this set there would have been no chance of the Royals winning the game. By this point the Royals knew it was no time to mess around.
The Royals came into the fourth game playing fast and strong. They were not going to let the Greyhounds win this match.
When junior Danielle Cafiero was up to serve, 7-2, the Greyhounds stood very little chance of catching up. The Greyhounds looked very distraught at that point and seemed to not be communicating as well as they should have. When Cafiero’s serve came up short, hitting the net, Moravian gained possession again, however they were not able to hold on to it very long.
After Moravian’s Mary Zacher bumped the ball out of bounds, The University gained the ball back, now holding a 12-3 lead. Scranton played strong the rest of that match not, wanting Moravian to catch up. The Royals won that match 25-16.
“We knew we needed to win. Our goal was to win both games that day because we wanted to qualify for the playoffs,” Zimmerman said.
The Royals went on later that day to defeat the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays 3-2 also in a five game set match.
The Royals continue to be tied for first in the Landmark Conference with Juniata College. Both teams have a 4-0 record in the conference. The Royals will play Juniata on Oct. 17 in Huntingdon.
Zimmerman said they are looking forward to the challenge of playing Juniata. Last year they took a set from them, and they are going to do the best they can, she said.
The volleyball team is back in action Friday at the Knights Invitational Tournmanet in Aston.. The team’s regular season ends Oct. 31 against Lebanon Valley.
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