CUA Splits at Susquehanna Invitational
Cards beat future Landmark Conference opponent Susquehanna 3-2
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. - The Catholic University of America women's volleyball team (17-17) went 2-2 at the Susquehanna Invitational this past Friday and Saturday. Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) and Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) were both named to the all-tournament squad after outstanding matches. Nassib ended the tourney with 37 kills and a team-high 81 digs playing all the way around. Setter McGlynn had 142 assists and eight kills over two days.
In the first match on Friday, CUA handily beat Rowan 3-0 by the scores of 30-16, 30-25, 20-25. The Cardinals showed a very balanced attack with senior captain Whitney Dachelet (Anniston, Ala./Donoho) leading the team notching eight kills. Kathryn Fischer (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) added seven and Kilah Fox (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy) had five.
The second match of the evening was not as simple with CUA falling 3-2 to Richard Stockton. The Cards won the first game by a close 32-30 before Richard Stockton took the next two 30-18 and 30-23. Fighting back CUA won game four by a score of 30-22 but couldn't pull out the fifth game losing 15-13. Nassib and Dachelet put on a hitting clinic in the front row for the Cards with the freshman Nassib leading the team hitting 18 kills and tallying 24 digs. Dachelet added 15 kills in the match.
On Saturday, CUA started out against future Landmark Conference opponent and tournament host Susquehanna. The two evenly matched teams didn't look that way at the beginning as Susquehanna jumped out to an early 2-0 lead winning 30-27 and 30-27. The Cards didn't give up, however, and came back to take the final three game 30-20, 30-11 and 15-10. Dachelet continued to give opposing blockers trouble with 17 kills while Nassib had 13 kills and 33 digs. Fischer also had a strong game up front with 11 kills and seven blocks.
The final game of the tournament was against CAC-foe York. CUA lost in four game 3-1 by the scores of 30-14, 30-24 and 30-23. The Cards won the second game 30-22. Dachelet had 13 kills in the match and Kim Ray (Chicago, Ill./Regina Dominican) added 12 up front.
The Cardinals will have one final conference game this week against Gallaudet on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.