Cards Host Guetle Invitational at DuFour
CUA finishes the day 1-2
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University volleyball team (5-7) hosted its annual Guetle Invitational Saturday at the DuFour Center. CUA went 1-2 on the day while the University of Mary Washington won the event. Sophomore Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and freshman Mary Kate Gardner (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) were both voted to the all-tournament team for their outstanding performance throughout the day.
The Cards handily won the first game over the Trinity College Tigers (0-6). CUA was victorious in three games 30-17, 30-22, 30-17. Sophomore newcomer to the team Lynn Brown (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) had a team-high seven kills for the match while Ashleah Kuriger (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) posted six. Freshman Katie Norberg(Grasonville, Md./St. Mary's) had 15 assists in her nod to the starting lineup. Trinity setter Ashleigh Wesche was named the tournament MVP.
In the second game of the day, CUA faced old-Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington (7-5). The Cards dropped the match in three games 30-26, 30-21 and 30-20. Gardner was the leading hitter for the Cardinals with 15 kills. Nassib was second with 10 kills, an ace and a solo block. Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) moved back into her starting role at setter with 23 assists.
The final match of the day decided the tourney runner-up as both CUA and Messiah (9-4) came in with a 1-1 record for the day. The Cards won the first game 30-23 but dropped the next three by disappointing scores of 30-22, 30-22, 30-24. Nassib was the powerhouse for the Cards in the third match with 17 kills, nine digs and a service ace. Gardner posted 11 kills for the match. McGlynn was at her best with 43 assists against the Falcons.
CUA will only have a day off before facing Hood College in its first home duel of 2007. The game is schedule for Monday at the DuFour Center, it will begin at 7 p.m.