Collier Named All-Tournament at Lycoming Tip-Off Classic

Collier Named All-Tournament at Lycoming Tip-Off Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Catholic University women's volleyball freshman Mackenzie Collier was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Lycoming Tip-Off Classic on Saturday as the Cardinals split matches against Penn State Behrend and Medaille at Lamade Gymnasium.

Catholic (15-10) finished the weekend 2-2 as the Cardinals have now won at least 15 matches in 10 consecutive seasons.

Collier finished the weekend with 37 kills, 51 digs and five service aces as she earned her second all-tournament team selection this season. She was also named to the all-tournament team at the Osprey Classic on Sept. 22.

Penn State Behrend 3, Catholic 1 (25-19, 25-12, 21-25, 25-20)

The Cardinals were hampered by 30 attack errors and a .106 hitting perccentage against the Nittany Lions (12-7) who also totaled 72 digs. Sophomore Patricia Martinez led the way with a match-high 18 kills while adding nine digs. Freshman Juliana Michniak added eight kills, three digs and two block solos while Collier had seven kills and 14 digs.

Behrend jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set before extending it to as many as nine at 21-12. Catholic hit just .073 with 11 kills and eight errors.

The second set was back-and-forth to start with four ties, the last coming at 6-6 before the Nittany Lions used an 11-2 run to take a 17-8 lead. The Cardinals hit minus-.050 after totaling 11 attack errors and only nine kills. Over the first two sets, Catholic was limited by 19 attack errors and just 20 kills in 81 attempts for a .012 hitting percentage.

However, in the third set, the Cardinals posted a .278 hitting percentage with 15 kills, including four each from Martinez and Michniak. Trailing 15-11, Catholic scored four-straight points to tie the set at 15-15 before scoring the final six-straight to erase a 21-19 deficit. Martinez had two kills during the stretch.

The fourth set was tied at 17-17 before three consecutive points gave Behrend a three-point lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

Freshman Caroline Kelly totaled a match-high 18 digs while sophomore Kate Murphy added nine. Sophomore Maria Gonzalez had five kills, 35 assists and four digs.

Catholic 3, Medaille 1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-10)

Martinez posted her 12th double double of the season with 13 kills and 17 digs while adding five service aces. Collier had eight kills and nine digs while Gonzalez totaled five kills, 36 assists and 15 digs.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first set before extending it to 17-7. The Mavericks (5-15) ran off four-straight points to pull within 17-11 before Catholic closed the set with eight of the final 10 points for the win.

Medaille scored the first two points of the second set before the Cardinals reeled off six of the next seven to take a 6-3 lead. They would stretch their advantage to as many as five, 21-16, but the Mavericks scored nine of the final 11 points, including the last four to rally and tie the match at 1-1. Catholic was hampered by 11 attack errors and .000 hitting percentage.

The third set was all Cardinals as they took a 10-2 lead and never let it slip below six en route to a nine-point victory. Catholic had 11 kills and a .158 hitting percentage, but Medaille had just seven kills and a minus-.026 percentage.

The Cardinals saved their best for last, totaling 12 kills and a .423 hitting percentage in the fourth set while the Mavericks had eight attack errors and a .029 hitting percentage. This time, Catholic jumped out to a 10-4 lead before taking a 14-point advantage at 20-6. The Cardinals led by as many as 16 with Martinez totaling five kills.

Kelly added 14 more digs while senior Lauren Unsworth made her third appearance of the season and first since Sept. 1 versus Bryn Mawr.

Catholic returns to action on Wednesday when it welcomes Elizabethtown to Franny Murray Court for a Landmark Conference contest beginning at 7 p.m.