Volleyball Finishes 1-2 at Moravian Round Robin
Bethlehem, Pa.- The Catholic University volleyball team began its Landmark Conference schedule this weekend with a round robin at Moravian College. This gave the Cardinals a good chance to gauge where they stand against the other teams in the Landmark. After going 1-2, the Cardinals record stands at 13-6 on the year and 1-2 in the Landmark. This record places them in fifth place in the conference.
In the first match of the round robin, the Cardinals dropped a heartbreaking thriller to Susquehanna. Catholic University lost to the Crusaders in five games (25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 28-26, 12-15). Sophomore Michaela Carroll had a season high 50 assists in the match. Freshman Claudia Jean led the Cardinals' attack with 14 kills in the contest. Senior Kim Ray also had 13 kills. Freshman libero Kristina Purcell led the Cardinals defense with an outstanding 27 digs.
Friday's second match pitted the Cardinals against the perennial national volleyball power and second ranked team in the country, Juniata College. CUA fought hard, but lost in three games (21-25, 16-25, and 25-27). The Cardinals defense stood solid, as Alex Min-Tun, Katie Chefalas, Purcell, and Claudia Jean all finished with double digit dig totals. As a team, Catholic University posted an impressive 56 digs. Setter Carroll did a nice job of setting up multiple Cardinal attackers to keep Juniata on their toes. She finished with 17 assists.
CUA returned to action on Saturday for their final match of the round robin. The Cardinals soundly defeated the University of Scranton in three games (25-16, 25-15, 25-18). Defense was the story of the match, as the Cardinals finished with 67 digs. Chefalas led the team with 15 digs. On the offensive side, sophomore Molly Owens had an excellent match. She led the Cardinals with nine kills and committed no attack errors, for an attack percentage of .474. Senior Min-Tun had seven kills to round out the Cardinal attack. Notably, senior Lynn Brown had four service aces and two blocks in the match. Carroll added 30 more assists in this match, to finish the round robin with 97 total assists.
The Cardinals will return to nonconference action next weekend for the 2009 Worthington Classic hosted by Galluadet in Washington, DC. On Friday, Oct. 9th, Catholic will take on St. Vincent at 3:00pm and Rochester Institute at 5:00pm. On Saturday, Catholic will face Dallas at 11:00am and FDU-Florham at 1:00pm.