GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Catholic University volleyball junior Patricia Martinez totaled her third-straight double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs as the Cardinals dispatched Gettysburg in four sets Wednesday night at Bream Gymnasium.
Catholic (2-3) snapped its two-match losing streak against the Bullets as the Cards posted their first win in the series since Sept. 2, 2015.
Martinez posted a .268 hitting percentage and added two service aces.
Freshman Josephine Morrill also had 16 kills while adding eight digs and three service aces. In three matches this season, she ranks second on the team with 48 kills and leads the team with an impressive 4.36 kills per set.
The Cardinals needed extra time to pick up a 29-27 win in the first set, sealing the victory on a kill by Martinez and a service ace by sophomore Caroline Kelly. It marked the fourth time in the last seven sets that Catholic went beyond the 25-point plateau.
The Cards jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and never trailed despite holding off a late Gettysburg rally that saw the home team pull within one at 23-22. However, Catholic picked up its final two points on service errors by the Bullets and took a commanding two sets to none advantage.
The third set featured eight ties, the last coming at 9-9, before Gettysburg (3-2) capitalized on three consecutive Cardinal errors to take the lead for good, 12-9. Leading 16-14, the Bullets scored nine of the final 12 points to pick up their first set victory, 25-17.
Catholic led the fourth set 9-5 before scoring seven-straight points, including six on the serve of Morrill, to go in front by 11. A 5-0 run late in the set put the Cardinals ahead 24-8 before they sealed the match on a Gettysburg attack error.
The Bullets posted a minus-.062 hitting percentage in the deciding set, totaling just six kills compared to eight attack errors.
Kelly finished with 26 digs, her fourth consecutive match with at least 20. She is currently averaging 6.19 digs per set this season.
Senior Isabelle Cooper had seven kills, three digs and two block assists while junior Maria Gonzalez totaled a season-high 43 assists to go along with 10 digs. Sophomore Kaitlyn McDonough earned her third-straight start and had five kills and two block assists.
Catholic makes its home debut on Friday when it hosts Wesley at Franny Murray Court in the first match of the Guetle Invitational at 4 p.m. The second match will feature Pitt-Greensburg against Keuka at 6 p.m.