Cards Fly Past Seahawks in 4-1 CAC Thriller
Whitney Dachelet has 22 kills on Senior Night
WASHINGTON- On the very night honoring her, Whitney Dachelet (Anniston, Ala./Donoho) led the CUA women's volleyball team (15-15, 4-2) to a gripping 4-1 win over the St. Mary's College Seahawks (14-7, 2-3 CAC). The senior hitter had 22 kills including six in the final game. The contest was an important win for the Cards who are now alone in third place in the CAC.
CUA came out and handily stopped the Seahawks who had beaten the Cards 3-0 at the Haverford tournament earlier in the season. But the first game of this match was an entirely different story. CUA won 30-18 with Dachelet knocking down five kills.
The Cards had control of the second game as well winning 30-20. After going up 19-13, CUA went on a long run eventually toppling the Seahawks. Kilah Fox (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy) and Dachelet each notched four kills in the game with the senior also having six digs.
Just as the Cardinals thought they could get out without breaking a sweat, the Seahawks came roaring back in game three jumping out to a quick 5-1 lead. This continued as CUA struggled on communication until the Cards were looking at a 12-6 deficit. Catholic University got it together and brought it to even at 17's which would result in a see-saw match the rest of the way.
With neither team able to gain a sure advantage St. Mary's was able to scrape by with the 30-27 win to force a fourth contest. Despite the loss Dachelet had seven kills while Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) notched seven kills and the same number of digs.
The Seahawks had a small advantage in the beginning of the fourth battling to a 18-17 CUA lead before the Cards finished them off. Strong serves, hard hitting and some crafty digs resulted in a 30-24 Cardinal victory to take the game and the match.
Dachelet's 22 digs were her second highest of the season and Nassib added 14. Setter Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) had 45 assists and 10 digs for the match. Kathryn Fischer (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) continued to play well in the middle hitter position with six solo blocks and two assisted.
CUA will play in its final tournament of the season before the CAC traveling to Susquehanna this Friday and Saturday.