Volleyball Undefeated in Landmark
Cardinals win three matches over the weekend
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University volleyball team (9-7, 3-0 Landmark) went 3-0 this past weekend in Landmark Conference matches. The new conference implemented a volleyball format where all of the member schools meet on two different weekends during the season at one location to get in league matches. With these three straight wins, it makes the Cards alone in second place as Juniata is in first going 4-0 on the weekend.
On Saturday, the Cards defeated Goucher in three easy games winning 30-9, 30-15 and 30-12. Kilah Fox (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy) led all hitters with nine total kills as well as one block and two aces. Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) also contributed with seven kills, 10 digs, a solo block and a block assist. The win served as a nice warm-up for Sunday's two contests.
On Sunday, CUA first battles the United States Merchant Marine Academy to a 3-0 decision winning 30-20, 30-9, 30-18. In the contest Nassib was unstoppable with 12 kills, two aces and ten digs. Senior captain Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) also had a solid match with 35 assists and five aces in three games. Middle hitter Liz Koruda (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) tied for second on the squad with eight kills but stood tall in the middle with two blocks and one block assist.
The final match of Sunday was the Cardinals' toughest of the weekend as the University of Scranton forced four games. Despite losing the first game 30-13, the Cards rallied and won the next three 30-27, 30-21 and 30-21. Once again Nassib put the Cardinals on her back and brought home a win notching an impressive 18 kills, three solo blocks and 15 digs. McGlynn assisted on many of Nassib's attacks with 42 assists, five service aces and two kills herself. Also coming up big was freshman outside hitted Alex Min-Tun (San Jose, Calif./Notre Dame) who had nine kills and an ace.
The Cardinals were picked fifth in the Landmark Conference Preseason Poll but will enter the next Landmark weekend on October 6-7 in second place at 3-0. CUA will have its work cut out for them however with powerhouse Juniata still on the schedule as well as Moravian and Susquehanna who were both 1-2.
The Cards will have no rest before their next non-conference match with a contest versus Randolph-Macon on Monday evening at the DuFour Center beginning at 7 p.m.