CUA earns split in final tune-up before league play begins

CUA earns split in final tune-up before league play begins

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Cardinals split a pair of matches on Saturday in what was their final tune-up before conference play begins next weekend.  CUA (10-5) fell to host Marymount 3-1 in its first match, before downing Hollins by the same 3-1 score in the day’s second match.

CUA gave the Saints all they could handle in the first match, with Marymount taking the first set 26-24 and the second set 25-18.  The Cardinals rallied for a 25-19 win in the third set, but Marymount clinched the match with a 25-18 win in set number-four.

Four Cardinals finished with double-digit digs, led by senior Kristina Purcell, who totaled 26.  Katie Chefalas (16), Bridget Kulesh (15) and Kalen Backe (12) joined her in double figures.

Backe also registered 13 kills to notch a double-double, while Fallon Foster handed out 18 assists and Mariana Cruz finished with 15.

Kelly Crimmins added nine kills for CUA, and Chefalas and Kulesh both finished with six.

In the second match of the afternoon, CUA earned its 10th win of the year by downing Hollins 3-1.  The Cardinals dropped the first set 25-22, but battled back to win the next three by scores of 25-23, 25-8 and 25-19.

Foster had a terrific match with 40 assists, while Purcell finished with 30 digs and five assists.

Chefalas totaled 18 digs and nine kills, while Kulesh led the Cardinals with 13 kills, to go along with eight digs and a pair of blocks.

Crimmins registered 11 kills this time, while Backe finished with nine and Audrey Bizak totaled eight.

CUA will head to Towson, Md. next weekend for the first Landmark Conference weekend of action this season.  The Cardinals will face Scranton (3:30) and Susquehanna (6:30) on Saturday and host Goucher at 3 p.m. on Sunday.