Cardinals upended by Crusaders in conference semifinals

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – CUA’s 2011 season came to an end on Saturday afternoon after the Cardinals fell to Susquehanna 3-0 in the Landmark Conference Tournament semifinals on the campus of Juniata.  The Crusaders won each game by identical 25-22 scores.  CUA finishes the year with a 25-9 record.

CUA, which has played undermanned for the last month due to a rash of injuries, was led by Claudia Jean, who posted a double-double with 13 digs and 12 kills.  Kelly Crimmins (11) and Katie Chefalas (10) also finished in double figures in kills, while Kristina Purcell totaled 26 digs.

Lucia Irazabal handed out a team-high 35 assists to go along with nine digs, and Chefalas added five digs for the Cardinals.

The Crusaders, who advance to Saturday’s conference championship match vs. Juniata, were led by Emily Carson with 22 kills and 10 digs, while Natalie Cicioni added 12 kills.  Julia Caruso handed out 47 assists and totaled seven digs.

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