Cardinals Edge McDaniel in Another Five-Set Thriller

Cardinals Edge McDaniel in Another Five-Set Thriller

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Catholic University volleyball team totaled 26 of its 56 kills over the final two sets as the Cardinals rallied to post an 18-25, 27-25, 20-25, 30-28, 15-13 road victory over McDaniel Saturday at the Gill Physical Education Learning Center.

Catholic (7-3) had 13 kills in the fourth and fifth sets while posting a .272 hitting percentage to claim its sixth-straight win and first in three, five-set matches this season.

The Cards have played 41 sets this season, with seven, or just about one every five sets, needing to go beyond the 25-point plateau.

Freshman Josephine Morrill continued the stellar start to her first collegiate season by totaling a team-high 15 kills. She also added six digs. Despite missing 10 sets this season, she leads the team with 22 aces and is second with 110 kills, an average of 3.55 per set.

Junior Patricia Martinez totaled nine kills, two service aces and 10 digs against the Green Terror (6-5).

McDaniel jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set before Catholic tied it at 11-11 on a service ace by Martinez. The set featured four more ties, the last coming at 17-17 before the Green Terror scored eight of the last nine points, including the final six.

The second set featured 15 tied and eight lead changes. With McDaniel leading 21-19, the Cardinals reeled off four consecutive points behind the serve of senior Nina Kasputis to take a 22-21 advantage. Catholic held two set points at 24-23 and 25-24 before back-to-back errors by the Green Terror evened the match at one set apiece.

The Cards led the third set 10-9 before three-straight points by McDaniel gave the home team the lead for good as it scored five of the final seven points.

Like the second set, the fourth was also back-and-forth with 19 ties and nine lead changes. The Green Terror fought off five consecutive set points before back-to-back errors gave Catholic the two-point victory and forced a fifth and deciding set.

The Cardinals tallied the first four points of the fifth set and held off a late rally to pick up their third win in four road matches this season. 

Sophomore Kaitlyn McDonough added seven kills while sophomore Caroline Kelly totaled 12 digs. Junior Maria Gonzalez added 28 assists and six digs.