Cardinals selected third in volleyball preseason poll

WASHINGTON – The Landmark Conference announced its 2010 preseason volleyball poll on Wednesday and the Catholic University Cardinals were selected third with a total of 51 points.  CUA won 16 more matches in 2009 than in 2008, which was the largest one-season improvement in the entire nation.

CUA posted a 24-14 record in 2009, including a 4-2 record within the Landmark.  The Cardinals advanced to the semifinals of the Landmark Conference tournament and went undefeated on their home court (9-0).  Following the season Kristina Purcell earned Second-Team All-Conference accolades after leading CUA and ranking third in the conference in digs.

Three-time defending champion Juniata topped the poll with 70 points, eight more than second place Susquehanna.  Rounding out the poll were CUA, Goucher (38), Moravian (34), Scranton (20), and Merchant Marine Academy (19).

CUA is currently hard at work in preseason practice and will open its 2010 season on Friday, September 3rd when the Cardinals travel to take on Eastern Mennonite for an 8:00 PM match.

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