Cardinals split pair of conference matches to wrap up weekend

WASHINGTON – CUA split a pair of matches on Sunday to close out Landmark Conference regular season action.  The Cardinals swept Scranton 3-0 in the opener before falling to Susquehanna by a 3-1 count in the nightcap.  Following Sunday's action, CUA sits at 21-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

Against Scranton, CUA won in straight sets by scores of 25-21, 25-13 and 25-22.  The Cardinals were without the services of three starters, including Michaela Carroll, Claudia Jean and Bridget Kulesh, but still managed to sweep the Royals.

Without Carroll in the lineup, Ines Zanotti stepped in and totaled 21 assists, four kills and a pair of digs.  Tess O'Leary had a strong match with eight kills, while freshman Isabel Eberstadt added seven.

Kristina Purcell led the Cardinals with 21 digs, with Katie Chefalas (16) and Eberstadt (13) next in line.

For Scranton, Jenell McFadden finished with a double-double, notching 20 digs and 14 kills, while Marissa Every added 18 digs and Julia Crilly finished with 12 digs.

In the day's second match, CUA took the first set 25-18, but the Crusaders pulled in front with two straight wins by scores of 25-14 and 25-21.  In the fourth set the teams were going back and forth until Susquehanna squeaked out two straight points to come out on top, 25-23.

O'Leary continued her strong play for CUA with 15 kills and three digs, while Eberstadt added 11 kills and 16 digs and Zanotti totaled 42 assist.

Purcell finished with 22 digs and Chefalas added 11, to go along with eight kills.  Katrina Baccetti also totaled eight kills, with Kelly Crimmins chipping in seven.

Susquehanna received 49 assists from Samantha Adler, and four Crusaders, including Kate Reese, Adler, Emily Carson and Dana Kreutzer, finished with double-digit digs.

CUA is now off for the week before returning to action on Saturday, October 22 with a pair of matches vs. Franklin & Marshall and Washington College.  Match times are set for 2 and 4 p.m., respectively, from Chestertown, Md. on the campus of Washington College.

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