WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University junior Isabelle Cooper totaled her second double double of the season with 12 kills and a career-high 13 digs as the Cardinals defeated Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference contest Wednesday night on Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (16-10, 2-1 LC) is now 62-27 at home since 2011, posting at least seven wins in five out of the last eight seasons.
Cooper's only other career double double came back on September 18 when she had a career-high 26 kills to go along with 12 digs in a five-set win at Shenandoah. Tonight marked just her fourth appearance in the team's last 11 matches due to injury.
Sophomore Patricia Martinez posted her 13th double double this season with 20 kills and 13 digs. It was her 25th career double double and her fifth match with at least 20 kills, four of which have come this season. Meanwhile, freshman Mackenzie Collier notched her 10th double double with 13 kills and 20 digs, totaling at least 20 digs for the fourth time this season. Her career high is 22 set against Chatham and Neumann.
The trio of Cooper, Martinez and Coller combined for 45 kills and 46 digs while posting a .268 hitting percentage.
The first set featured seven ties and four lead changes. With the set tied at 18-18, the Cardinals scored three of the next four points, including two on Blue Jay attack errors, to take a 21-19 lead before kills from Martinez and Collier and two more Elizabethtown errors gave Catholic a 25-22 win.
The Blue Jays (14-13, 1-2 LC) jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set, but an 8-2 run by the Cardinals gave them a 10-7 advantage which they would stretch to nine, 19-10, en route to a 25-15 victory. Martinez totaled five kills and four digs in the second set and had 10 kills and eight digs through the first two.
Elizabethown took another early lead in the third set, this time at 8-2 before Catholic pulled within two, 14-12. However, that would be as close as the Cardinals would get as the Blue Jays led by as many as eight on their way to a 25-21 win.
Catholic never trailed in the fourth set, breaking a 2-2 tie en route to a 14-7 advantage before coasting to a 12-point victory, 25-13. Collier totaled six kills and four digs in the set while Martinez had five kills and five digs. Cooper added three kills and six digs.
Sophomore Joya Libbus finished with eight kills, one shy of her season high, to go along with four block assists whie sophomore Maria Gonzalez totaled 46 assists and seven digs. Freshman Caroline Kelly had 16 digs while sophomore Kate Murphy totaled 14 digs, three shy of her season high.
The Cardinals return to action on Friday, hosting a tri-match with Christopher Newport and Lynchburg beginning at 4 p.m.