WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's volleyball senior Isabelle Cooper totaled a season-high 17 kills while adding four blocks as the Cardinals posted a 26-28, 26-24, 25-16, 25-21 victory over the College of Wooster Tuesday night on Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (14-10) improved its record to 5-0 at home this season and posted its first win in the first-ever meeting against the Fighting Scots.
Cooper posted a .481 hitting percentage while freshman Josephine Morrill totaled 18 kills and eight digs. Freshman Katie Zaremba had a career-high seven kills and two block assists while sophomore Caroline Kelly had eight assists and a match-high 25 digs. She now has 995 digs in 54 career matches and is just five away from becoming the 16th player in school history to reach 1,000.
The Cardinals led by as many as five in the first set, 16-11, before Wooster scored the next five points to tie it at 16-16. The set featured nine more ties before the Fighting Scots edged out a two-point victory on a Catholic error and Anna Medema's sixth kill. Cooper had six kills on seven swings for the Cards as she and Morrill combined for 11 of the team's 15 first-set kills.
Catholic trailed by as many five in the second set, 10-5, before rallying to tie it at 11-11. Trailing 17-15, the Cardinals scored five consecutive points on kills by Cooper, Morrill and Zaremba and back-to-back service aces by senior Nina Kasputis. Wooster would tie the set at 23-23 before the Cards evened the match on a service error by the Fighting Scots and a service ace by Kelly. Morrill totaled seven of her kills in the second set.
Wooster (7-12) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the third before the match was tied at 4-4. Tied at 8-8, Catholic scored five of the next seven points, highlighted by three Fighting Scot errors, to take a 13-10 advantage. The Cardinals stretched their lead to 21-15 before scoring the final four points, including two more off Wooster errors. The Fighting Scots had 11 kills and eight attack errors in the set for a .077 hitting percentage while Catholic had 12 kills and only two errrors for a .303 hitting percentage. Cooper added five more kills on just seven swings while Zaremba had four.
The Cardinals led from start to finish in the decisive fourth set, leading by as many as five, 15-10. Following a 6-1 run, Wooster pulled within one at 21-20, but that would be as close as the visitors would get as the Cards scored four of the final five points, including two on kills by Cooper and two on errors by the Fighting Scots. The two teams combined for 21 kills and 13 errors in the fourth, but Catholic totaled six blocks to win its sixth-straight match at home.
Junior Maria Gonzalez finished with 39 assists and 19 digs, surpassing 700 digs for her career as she now has 707 in 86 matches.
The Cardinals host Stevenson on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs (19-0) are one of only three unbeaten teams in Division III this season and are were receiving votes in Tuesday's AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 poll. Earlier tonight, Stevenson posted a 25-14, 25-14, 25-23 victory over Landmark Conference foe Elizabethtown.