Two more wins for CUA, win streak now at nine
WASHINGTON – CUA ran its winning streak to nine straight on Saturday with a pair of wins over Marymount and Misericordia inside the DuFour Center. The Cardinals downed the Saints 3-1 (26-24, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17), before taking down the Cougars in straight sets in the nightcap (25-16, 25-18, 25-4).
In game one of its first match, CUA overcame an early deficit to rally back and tie the score at 22. Marymount then went up by one before CUA tied the score again. The next point went to the Cardinals, but the Saints answered with a point of their own to tie things at 24. CUA won the last two points though and took the first game, 26-24.
Marymount raced out to leads of 5-1 and 7-2 in game two, but CUA eventually battled back and tied things at 22. After the teams traded points Marymount wound up winning by a score of 26-24.
In the crucial game three Marymount again jumped out to an early lead, this time by a 4-1 count, but the Cardinals responded with four of the next five points to knot the score at five apiece. CUA then took an 8-7 lead only to see the Saints re-take the lead at 16-14.
The game remained close with both sides swapping points before the Cardinals went in front 22-20. With the score 24-22 in favor of CUA, Claudia Jean stepped up for a big kill, lifting the Cardinals to a 25-22 victory.
In game number-four CUA led 6-3 before Marymount scored five of the next seven points to jump ahead 8-7. CUA quickly re-took the lead though, and eventually opened up a 15-11 advantage. The Cardinals continued to add to their lead and wound up winning the game 25-17.
Michaela Carroll led the way for CUA with 42 assists and 12 digs, while Jean totaled 17 kills and seven digs. Bridget Kulesh added 12 kills, while Kristina Purcell (23) and Katie Chefalas (10) were also in double digits in digs.
In CUA's second match the Cardinals had little trouble with Misericordia, downing the Cougars in straight sets, including an impressive 25-4 count in the third set.
Jean notched 12 kills in the win, while Purcell (17), Chefalas (12) and Kristen Schoeffling (10) were in double digits in digs. Molly Owens added five kills and a block, while Carroll handed out 31 assists.
CUA is now off for a week before returning to action on Saturday, September 24 when the Cardinals travel to Pennsylvania for a tri-match with Neumann and Baptist Bible. CUA will take on Baptist Bible at 1 p.m. and Neumann at 3.