Bison Down Cardinals 3-1
CUA has one more match before Landmark Tourney
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University volleyball team (20-13) fell to the Gallaudet Bison (22-9) Tuesday evening at the DuFour Center. The Cardinals won the first game but were defeated in the final three to make the score 3-1.
The teams were tied at eight but the Cards slowly pulled away thanks to solid hitting. Up by as much as seven points at one juncture CUA seemed to be on their way to victory but errors gave Gallaudet their window of opportunity. After pulling within two 23-21 it became a race to 30. Katie Carroll (Ann Arbor, Mich./A.A. Pioneer) served up three points for CUA as the Bison made them work for the 30-26 victory.
The Bison jumped out to a quick lead in game two holding a 6-1 advantage. CUA worked its way back into the game but struggled to get a run going. A number of side out opportunites looked like the Cardinals' chance to halt the Gallaudet momentum. Finally CUA pulled within three 23-20 forcing Gallaudet to call a timeout to regroup. Alex Min-Tun (San Jose, Calif./Notre Dame) served an ace shortly after to tie it at 24 but the Bison weren't finished. The squads traded points in some solid rallies and huge spikes by Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) tied it at 29 and once again at 30. Gallaudet managed to finally get ahead winning 32-20.
The teams used momentum from the end of the second game to start the third in a see-saw match with neither squad gaining a significant advantage. Gallaudet used Cardinal errors to its favor going up 18-12 at one point, however, the Cardinals made their way back but could never quite get over the hump falling 30-25.
The battle continued through the fourth game as CUA fought to forced the extra contest. But the Bison managed to take the lead at 10 thanks to power hitting up front. Looking at as much as a six-point deficit, Mary Kate Gardner (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) brought the Cards back into the game serving during a pair of spirited rallies and McGlynn did the same to pull the Cards closer. At 27 seven a back row attack from Nassib tied it up, but it wouldn't be enough as the Cardinals fell.
Nassib led the Cards with 31 kills in the match while Gardner followed with 17. McGlynn had 56 assists as the setter and Nassib added a team-high 27 digs.
The Cards will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to York College for their final tune-up before the start of the Landmark Conference tournament. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m.