September 2, 2008

Volleyball Falls Short in Four Sets

Volleyball Falls Short in Four Sets

9/2/2008

WASHINGTON- Despite a tremendous effort in the final two sets, the CUA volleyball team dropped a match to the Spartans of York College Tuesday evening.

York managed to stay on top for a majority of the first set, but the ravanous Cardinals were right on their heels. With the hustle and determination of freshman Labero Gabrielle Dipasquantonio (Middletown, Del./ St. Mark's), CUA found themselves trailing by just three points for most of the set. The Spartans were finally able to pull away and squeak past CUA by a score of 20-25. The second set was a close replica of the first with CUA coming out strong in the opening minutes. As the set continued, however, the Spartans managed to steadily increase their lead over the Cards.York finally tallied their last few points, ending the 16-25 set in their favor.

CUA came out strong in the third set, and led until the very end. A York time out mid-way through the set illicited an even more focused group of Cardinals, as they maintained the commanding lead over their opponent. Despite a late Spartan run, CUA won the set 25-18 off of a York service error. The final set was a back-and-forth battle between the the two teams. While the Spartans jumped out to an early lead, Catholic University quickly tied things up. The score then fluctuated throughout most of the set. The momentum shifted in York's favor, as they scored five consecutive points to tie the set at 19. A Cardinal tip by the setter gave CUA the advantage again, but York would finally win the night after going on a 6-1 run.

 Leading the way for Catholic University were Dipasquantonio with 16 digs, and Michaela Carroll (Amityville, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) with 20 assists. The team also tallied 13 aces in the match. The volleyball team returns to action on Friday with a game against Elizabethtown at the Gettysburg Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. 

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