|Cardinals prepare for regionals||Nov. 6, 2001|
WASHINGTON - After playing in the conference volleyball finals for the past three years, 2001 was the charm as Catholic defeated Mary Washington for the CAC title in three games and its first CAC championship since 1994.
The Cardinals enter the NCAA tournament with a record of 37-2. Ten of those wins were earned from playing other 2001 NCAA tournament teams Christopher Newport, Eastern, Kean, Washington & Lee and Scranton.
This season the Cardinals have participated in seven tournaments and in six of them CUA has taken the first place trophy home. One of their two losses this season came against then No. 4 ranked Emory University at the Emory Tournament in September.
The 1999 CAC Rookie of the Year junior setter Bridget Guetle (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) has received all tournament honors at all seven tournaments. This season, Guetle is averaging 11.37 assists per game and is two assists away from having 1400 this season. Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Carden (Baker, Fla./Baker) and sophomore Anji Wall (Daphne, Ala./McGill Toolen) are both averaging around three and a half kills per game. Carden had a season-high 19 kills in the match against Gallaudet and 18 against Christopher Newport. Carden was named to the All Tournament Teams at the Wall recorded 18 kills against both St. Mary's and Frostburg State. Senior captain outside hitter Mary Ellen Ryan (Gulph Mills, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) has recorded 332 kills this season with 18 of them being in the match against Rowan. The 2000 CAC Rookie of the Year Kathleen McGlynn (Tallahasse, Fla./Leon) had 69 blocks last season and this year has already racked up 97.
Defensively the Cardinals has recorded 2441 digs this year. A
large chunk, 380 of those come from senior Alexis Rollert
(Comstock Park, Mich./West
Catholic) who averages more than three a game and had 21 recorded against St. Mary's and 20 against Christopher Newport. Four of the Cardinals average more then three digs per game making the defense very strong.
Other Cardinals in the mix include senior Kelly Kings (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic) and Liz Schreiner (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy). The duo combines for a formidable middle blocking crew. Kings has recorded four games with at least four blocks while Schreiner had a six solo block performance versus Randolph-Macon. An all-around defensive presence, Kings also has 10 games with double-digit digs. Juniors Katie Acuff (Hanahan, S.C./Hanahan) and Tarrah Beebe (Hull, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) provide excellent depth at almost every position while freshmen Emily Mott (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal), Casey Tierney (Flourtown, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy), and Melisaa Acuff (Hanahan, S.C./Bishop England) show very promising futures ahead of them.
The Cardinals are currently on a 20-game win streak breaking a school record that they set from their last year's 18-game winning streak.
Catholic enters the NCAA tournament averaging almost 14 kills, 12.5 assists, and just fewer than 19 digs per game. Although not receiving an at-large bid to NCAA last year, the Cardinals were ranked as high as 17th in the country.
Head Coach Nagy Abdelrazek was named the CAC coach of the year in 1994, 1999, and 2000. These 14 women come from eight different states to comprise this record-breaking team.