(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson volleyball team turned in a remarkable performance against the visiting University of Scranton on Wednesday night at the Kline Center. The Red Devils suffered a 3-2 setback in one of their best matches of the season.
The Royals came in with an overall record of 23-2 and had only surrendered two sets in five matches before the Red Devils forced a five-set marathon, taking the first and third sets.
Dickinson claimed the opener, 25-21, before the Royals answered with a 25-18 decision. The Red Devils were dominant in the third, taking a 2-1 lead by the score of 25-13.
Scranton jumped in front in the fourth as the Devils tried to rally, but forced a deciding set, taking the fourth, 25-19. The Royals used another strong start in the fifth and held off another late charge by Dickinson to claim the match, 15-10.
The Red Devils were relentless at the net, recording a remarkable 22 block assists and four solos on the night. Senior Anastasiya Khlopina (St. Petersburg, Russia) had an outstanding performance with nine blocks and a pair of timely kills.
Classmate Norma Jean Park (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) led the attack with 11 kills and tallied two solo blocks and five assisted. First-year Jamie Singer (Livingston, N.J./Golda Och) added nine kills and 14 digs while junior Megan Gombatz (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) was strong at the net with seven kills on the night.
First-year Tatiana Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegia Puertorriqueno de Ninas) recorded a game-high 23 digs, adding seven assists and five service aces. She tallied a pair of back-to-back kills as well to spark a Red Devil rally.
First-year setter Kristin Allgaier (Reston, Va./South Lakes) handed out 25 assists, adding eight digs, five kills and two blocks.
The Red Devils slip to 8-13 overall. They return to Centennial Conference action next Wednesday, hosting Haverford College at 6:00 pm.