WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University women's volleyball team had 13 attack errors and 11 reception errors as the Cardinals dropped a nonconference match against Mary Washington at Franny Murray Court Tuesday, 25-13, 25-15, 25-18.
Catholic (13-8) lost for just the 27th time in its last 88 matches at home, posting a .693 winning percentage. Tuesday's match also marked the first meeting between the two schools since Sept. 16, 2015 and the first at Franny Murray Court since Sept. 30, 2014.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set, but the Eagles (11-8) answered that with a 4-1 run of their own to tie the set at 5-5. Mary Washington took a 13-8 advantage before extending that to 19-11. Another 4-1 spurt extended the Eagles' lead to 23-12 before back-to-back kills sealed the win for the visitors.
The second set was the most competitive as it featured three ties and two lead changes, the last of which came when Mary Washington scored four consecutive points to take an 8-5 lead after trailing 5-4. Leading 15-11, the Eagles scored 10 of the final 14 points, including the last three on three-straight kills. Freshman Caroline Kelly totaled seven of her match-high 15 kills in the second set.
Mary Washington took a 5-1 lead to start the third set before Catholic rallied to tie it at 9-9. However, the Eagles used a 5-0 run to take a 14-9 advantage and never let it slip below four en route to a seven-point victory to seal the match.
The Cardinals head to Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Friday for the Lycoming Tip-Off Classic where they will face Rochester and host Lycoming.