Volleyball Battles Blazers to 3-0
Nassib leads with 13 kills
WASHINGTON - After a long weekend tournament the Catholic University volleyball team was back in action on Monday night at the DuFour Center. The squad beat the Hood Blazers (2-11) 3-0 to improve to 6-7 for the season. Hood managed to keep it close for much of the match, but every game the Cards were able to find a way to win.
The Cards won the first game 30-23 after battling through some tough points. After allowing Hood to jump out to a small lead, the Cardinals came back and rallied behind the serving of setter Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) to regain the lead and get the victory.
Changing the lineup for the second game the Cardinals were helped by both the solid service of Ashleah Kuriger (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) as well as the hitting of Liz Koruda (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) in the front row. McGlynn once again led CUA from beyond the line as she served up seven straight points to give the Cards a comfortable lead. Despite a late Blazer surge, the Cardinal defense was able to hold on and win the game 30-21 with Kilah Fox's (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy) hitting finishing Hood off.
Hood came out fired up in the third game and used powerful hitting to go up by as many as five points. However, Mary Kate Gardner's (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) serves and Carey Anne Nassib's (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) hitting got CUA back in the game. As the lead went back and forth each team showed signs of brilliance but couldn't take over. Blazer errors finally sunk them as CUA scored four of their final five off of Hood miscues to make the final 30-25 and give the Cards the match.
Nassib led CUA with 13 kills for the match while Fox added 11. McGlynn had 31 assists as well as five aces in an outstanding performance for the Cards. Leading the Blazers was Ashley Bryan with eight kills while both Caroline Woodhams and Kristina Straub posted 16 assists.
The Cards will have the rest of the week off before traveling to Juniata this Saturday and Sunday for their first Landmark Conference tournament weekend.