Cardinals Open Landmark Play With Sweep of Moravian

Cardinals Open Landmark Play With Sweep of Moravian

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Catholic University women's volleyball freshman Mackenzie Collier totaled 14 kills and seven digs while sophomore Patricia Martinez had 13 kills and nine digs as the Cardinals opened Landmark Conference play on Saturday with a sweep of Moravian at Susquehanna's O.W. Houts Gymnasium.

Catholic (13-7, 1-1 LC) has now won three of its last four conference openers dating back to 2015.

In Saturday's second match, the Cardinals were swept by host Susquehanna.

Catholic 3, Moravian 0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-18)

Collier totaled seven of her 14 kills in the first set as the Cardinals posted a .244 hitting percentage with 17 kills as a team. Meanwhile freshman Caroline Kelly had eight of her match-high 15 digs in the opening set as Catholic jumped out to a 16-11 advantage. However, the Greyhounds (8-11, 0-1 LC) rallied to tie the set at 22-22 before a kill by sophomore Maria Gonzalez and a Moravian attack error gave the Cardinals a 28-26 win.

Catholic scored four of the first five points in the second set before extending its lead to as many as 12 at 21-9 before the Greyhounds rallied again, using a 6-1 run to pull to within seven, 22-15. A quick 3-0 burst brought Moravian within five, 23-18, but the Cardinals sealed the 25-19 win on Martinez's sixth kill of the set.

Collier and Martinez combined for eight of Catholic's 14 kills in the third as the team rallied from a 9-4 deficit to take its first lead at 15-14 on a kill by Collier. From there, the Cardinals used a 6-1 run to take a commanding 21-15 advantage before sweeping the Greyhounds on a service ace by Kelly and a kill from Martinez.

Sophomore Joya Libbus added six kills while freshman Juliana Michniak had four kills and two block assists in her first game back after missing the last five. Gonzalez totaled 32 assists and six digs while sophomore Kate Murphy added eight digs.

Susquehanna 3, Catholic 0 (25-20, 25-20, 26-24)

Martinez added 18 kills against the River Hawks while hitting .273 to go along with four digs while Collier had 16 kills and 11 digs, posting her seventh double double of the season. The duo accounted for 34 of the team's 41 kills.

The River Hawks (11-7, 1-1 LC) had 46 kills and hit .299 after committing just eight errors in 127 attempts. By comparison, the Cardinals had 41 kills and 17 errors in 127 attempts for a .189 hitting percentage.

Martinez and Collier combined for 13 of Catholic's 14 kills in the first set, but with the set tied for the third time at 17-17, Susquehanna used a 4-0 run to take a 21-17 lead before scoring the final two points on Cardinal errors.

Catholic led by as many as five points in the second set, 17-12, but the River Hawks scored 13 of the final 16 points, including eight as a result of Cardinal errors. Martinez and Collier added nine of the team's 12 kills in the second while Kelly totaled eight digs.

The third set featured 10 ties, including the eighth at 9-9 before Susquehanna used a 6-1 run to take a 15-10 advantage. However, Catholic rallied with five-straight points to tie the set for the ninth time at 15-15. The River Hawks pushed their lead back to four at 22-18 and held match point at 24-22, but Catholic rallied to tie the set for the 10th time at 24-24. However, Susquehanna sealed the match with a kill and a Cardinal attack error.

Kelly finished with a match-high 22 kills while Murphy added 13. Gonzalez had 34 assists and 10 digs.

Catholic returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts a nonconference contest against Mary Washington at Franny Murray Court beginning at 7 p.m.