Cardinals Fall for the First Time in Last Eight Matches

Cardinals Fall for the First Time in Last Eight Matches

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Catholic University volleyball freshman Josephine Morrill totaled 13 kills and eight digs, but Mary Washington posted a .307 hitting percentage and had 51 digs as the Eagles picked up a 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night at Ron Rosner Arena.

Catholic (8-4) had its seven match winning streak stopped and suffered its seventh consecutive loss to the Eagles in Fredericksburg.

Morrill had at least 10 kills for eighth time in 10 matches while posting a .211 hitting percentage. She also picked up two service aces to raise her team-leading total to 21 this season.

Junior Maria Gonzalez had three kills, 19 assists and 10 digs.

With Mary Washington (4-5) leading 7-5 in the first set, the Eagles used a 7-2 run, scoring three points on Cardinal errors to push their advantage to 14-7. After a kill by Morrill brought the Cards back within five, UMW reeled off nine-straight points to take a 23-9 lead before taking the opening set on a kill by Peyton Dunow.

Catholic scored the first three points of the second set and led 7-4 before four consecutive errors a kill by Dunow gave the Eagles the lead for good, 9-7. Mary Washington proceeded to score 12 of the next 15 points to take a 21-10 advantage. Behind three UMW errors and two kills from Morrill, the Cardinals got back within six, but that would be as close as they would get as the Eagles took a two-set lead on a kill by Olivia Casey.

Mary Washington jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set. Leading 11-9, the Eagles once again scored seven of the next 10 points to stretch its advantage to six, 18-12. Two kills from Morrill and one from senior Isabelle Cooper pulled the Cards within 24-21, but UMW finished the sweep on Tenley Hares' 11th kill of the match.

Catholic was limited by 20 attack errors and just 25 kills while Mary Washington totaled 46 kills.

Junior Patricia Martinez finished with four kills to surpass the 900 mark for her career and now has 903. She also added six digs. Sophomore Caroline Kelly totaled 13 digs.

The Cardinals look to start a new winning streak on Friday when they face Messiah of the MAC Commonwealth Conference beginning at 6 p.m., at the Knights Invitational hosted by Neumann.