WINCHESTER, Va. - Led by a career-high 26 kills and 12 digs from junior Isabelle Cooper, the Catholic University women's volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to post a five-set victory over Shenandoah in a nonconference match Tuesday at the Wilkins Athletics & Events Center.
The Cardinals (11-3) won their third-straight five-set match while posting their third consecutive road victory.
Playing without two starters in sophomore setter Maria Gonzalez and freshman libero Caroline Kelly, Catholic posted 208 attack attempts and 105 digs, both season highs. Gonzalez currently ranks 12th in the nation in assists while Kelly is ninth in digs.
Cooper totaled a .265 hitting percentage and a career-high 68 attack attempts. Sophomore Patricia Martinez totaled her ninth double double of the season, her fifth consecutive and 21st of her career with 16 kills and 11 digs.
Junior Nina Kasputis, filling in for Kelly, totaled a career-high 33 digs which ties Kelly for the team-high for a single match this season. Freshman Mackenzie Collier, flling in for Gonzalez, totaled 49 assists which is the second-highest total on the team this season behind the 51 Gonzalez had against Chatham on September 8. Collier also added 14 digs.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kate Murphy had seven kills and 17 digs, both career highs, while freshman Kaitlin McDonogh totaled a career-high 14 digs and four blocks.
After Shenandoah (4-6) won the first two sets, the Cardinals edged out a three-point victory in the third, breaking the seventh tie of the set at 21-21 by scoring four of the final five points, including three on Hornet attack errors.
Catholic forced a fifth and deciding set after a 5-0 run in the fourth broke open an 11-11 tie before a kill by Cooper evened the match at two sets apiece.
In the fifth, the Cardinals jumped out to a 10-3 lead, scoring seven points off of seven Shenandoah attack errors. Catholic scored 10 of its 15 points in the deciding set off of Hornet errors.
The Cardinals return to action on Friday at the Osprey Classic hosted by Stockton University. They will face Cabrini in the opener at 6 p.m., before taking on FDU-Florham at 8 p.m.