Cards Split in Season Opener

Cards Split in Season Opener


Cards Split in Season Opener
CUA defeats Landmark foe Susquehanna


HAVERFORD, PA. - The Catholic University women's volleyball team (2-2) went 2-2 at the Haverford Tournament to start their 2007 season.  On Saturday the Cards defeated Landmark Conference-foe Susquehanna before falling to Neumann.  On Sunday they split including a win over St. Anselm.

In the first match versus Susquehanna, the Cards got the win in three games despite two close scores.  They defeated the Crusaders 30-27, 30-19 and 30-28.  Sophomore and 2006 Rookie of the Year Carey Anne Nassib (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy)  moved into her position as the leading hitter notching 16 kills with just two errors.  Freshman Mary Kate Gardner (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) added eight kills to the mix.  Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) began her third and final season as the starting setter with 31 assists in the game.

The Cards lost three close games to Neumann in the second match of the tournament falling 30-24, 30-22 and 30-25.  Gardner proved herself to be a valuable off season acquisition posting a team high nine kills.  McGlynn had 30 assists in the game and libero Cathleen Carroll (Ann Arbor, Mich./A.A. Pioneer) also came up big defensively with 12 digs.

On the second day of the tournament, CUA faced off against host-team Haverford in the first match.  The Fords proved to be too much for the Cards who lost 30-22, 30-21 and 30-23.  Junior outside hitter Kilah Fox (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy) was the bright spot for the Cardinals posting 12 kills, seven digs and two solo blocks in the match.  McGlynn had 24 assists as well as three service aces.

In the final match of the tournament Fox once again showed her dominance with 14 kills and nine digs.  The Cards handily defeated St. Anselm 30-14, 30-25 and 30-24 in three games.  Liz Koruda (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Gardner both ranked second on the team in kills with nine while McGlynn had 39 assists.  Freshman Alex Min-Tun (San Jose, Calif./Notre Dame) posted three aces in the match.

The Cardinals will return to action on Wednesday with a contest against former-Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's.  The match will be played in Maryland beginning at 7 p.m.