The University’s women’s volleyball team capped off another fantastic season on Saturday. Their ending record of 35-5 was the best in program history, but the success started early in the season. Senior Morgan Rentzheimer and Junior Kristin Kirwan both reached career milestones. Kirwan’s 1,000th career kill came Sept. 13 while Rentzheimer recorded her 1,000th career dig on Sept. 16. As the season went on, the wins kept coming for the Royals. They eventually made history in the regular season by defeating Division 3 volleyball powerhouse Juniata College, giving the Lady Eagles their first conference loss since 1985.
“Our biggest strength was keeping our composure in times when most teams crumble. This helped us come back from deficits during games and come out with a win,” Rentzheimer said.
“We did not back down to any team we faced this year…we went into every game with a calming presence and focused on the task ahead of us.”
Kirwan agreed that the team’s resilience was one of its major strengths.
“No matter what the score was, we always stayed aggressive on our attacks, and took risks with our plays,” Kirwan said.
This never-ending relentlessness and aggression aided Lady Royals in claiming the second seed in the Landmark Conference tournament. Though they fell short in the championship, their in-season success lead to a large presence on the conference stats sheet. Freshman Kindler Norman lead the conference in assists (1246) and assists per set (9.81). Kirwan lead the conference in kills (501) and points (554), and was a close second in points per set (4.4) and kills per set (3.98). Kirwan was also a two-time Landmark Conference Volleyball Athlete of the week this season.
Looking toward next season, Kirwan and the Lady Royals look to make the most of each chance they get.
“Our goal as a team is to never take the opportunity to play for granted. With this we will always work our hardest in practice and games. And, [we hope to] win the conference Championship,” Kirwan said.
Rentzheimer, who did her best not
to take anything for granted, noted how impactful her four years in the program have been.
“Being a volleyball player at Scranton has taught me so much about life while providing me with some of my best friends. I would like to thank all of my teammates and coaches for having such a powerful influence on my life and leaving me with memories that will last me a lifetime. Once a royal, always a royal,” Rentzheimer said.