Courtesy of Scranton Sports Information
SCRANTON, Pa. - Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly had 19 kills and 23 digs as The University of Scranton women's volleyball team knocked off Moravian College, 3-1, in a Landmark Conference opening-round playoff match in the Long Center on Tuesday night.
The Royals (12-23) advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2008. They will take on top-seeded Juniata on its home floor on Friday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m.
Sophomore outside hitter Lizzy Zimmermann added 13 kills, seven digs and two blocks, freshman setter Bailey Woods had 40 assists and senior libero Michaela McCrudden had 14 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Rachael Cisto had seven total blocks and three kills, and sophomore middle hitter Stephanie Klug had five kills and three blocks.
Scranton won a nip-and-tuck first set, 25-22, behind three kills from Zimmermann, including the set-winning point. The Royals then rolled to a 25-17 win in the second set as Crilly racked up seven kills.
Moravian rallied for a 25-19 win in the third set, but Scranton bounced back to take the fourth, 25-13, on the strength of a 9-0 run that turned a tie into a 17-8 lead.
Crilly's double-double was her 16th of the season, and her 23 digs was her second-highest total of the season. She now has 410 kills this season, 10th most in a single season in Scranton history. She has 1,190 attack attempts, second behind the 1,279 she had last season.
Woods now has 592 assists this season, 15th most in a single season in school history. Her 40 assists were one shy of her season high, set in a 3-2 win over Rutgers-Camden on Oct. 26.
The Royals have now won seven of their last 11 heading into Friday's semifinal. They dropped a pair of matches to the Eagles earlier this season, losing 3-0 at the Christopher Newman Invite on Saturday, Sept. 28, and 3-0 in the first Landmark Conference round-robin on Oct. 5, in Selinsgrove, Pa.
The Greyhounds (12-22) were led by freshman Taylor Kornmann, who had 17 kills.