Royals Eliminate Cards from Landmark
CUA will wait to see if it receives an ECAC bid
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University volleyball squad (20-15) dropped a tough 3-0 match the University of Scranton Royals (25-10) Wednesday evening at the DuFour Center. The second-seeded Cardinals had defeated Scranton earlier this season in conference play but couldn't pull out the win at home.
The squads went back and forth in the first match led by all-conference players Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) and Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon). Nassib was a powerhouse up front while McGlynn added assists and a pair of tips to disrupt the Royal defense. With the score tied at 28 both team had an opportunity to go ahead but it was Scranton who took the 30-28 victory winning game point on the CUA back row's misjudgement of a line so Scranton barely scraped by 30-28.
The Royals used the momentum from the end of the first to burst out to a 4-0 lead in the second game. Nassib finally ended it but Srcanton was ready quickly moving ahead by as many as eight at one point. Head Coach Nagy Abdelrazek called timeout midway through to try and stop the Royal's run but it would do no good as they came away with the 30-16 victory.
The third game proved to be as battle with neither squad willing to give in. Nassib took the Cardinals on her back and fired attack after attack as the score seesawed back and forth. Along with some big kills from Liz Koruda (Chicago, Ill./Regina Domincan) and Mary Kate Gardner (San Francisco, Calif./Academy of the Sacred Heart) the Cardinals never gave up forcing extra points. Unfortunately it was Scranton that was finally able to score two in a row to win 33-31 and take the match 3-0.
Nassib led the Cards with 16 kills and was second in digs with 17. McGlynn posted 30 assists for the game and Katie Carroll (Ann Arbor, Mich./A.A. Pioneer) theld down the back row at libero with 18 digs.
The Cardinals will now wait to see if they are selected into the East Coast Athletic Conference tournament next week.