Cardinals Sweep Shenandoah for Fifth-Straight Home Win

Cardinals Sweep Shenandoah for Fifth-Straight Home Win

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University volleyball freshman Josephine Morrill posted her fourth double double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs as the Cardinals swept a non-conference match with Shenandoah Wednesday on Franny Murray Court, 25-16, 25-17, 25-22.

Catholic (10-6) has won five-straight home matches dating back to a 3-2 win over rival Scranton on Oct. 27, 2018 that secured the third-seed in the Landmark Conference Volleyball Championship.

The Cardinals are 3-1 when Morrill posts a double double, including 2-0 at home. She also had a double double with 11 kills and 12 digs in a 3-0 win over Wesley at home on Sept. 6.

Junior Patricia Martinez also had 12 kills and now has 951 for her career as she closes in on becoming the eighth player in program history to reach 1,000.

Catholic led from start to finish in the first set, leading by as many as nine as Martinez totaled four kills and the Hornets (4-11) had 10 attack errors and just seven kills.

Martinez added five more kills in the set as the Cardinals rallied from an early 5-3 deficit to take an 11-8 lead. With the set tied at 14-14, Catholic used an 8-2 run to take a 22-16 lead after a kill by Martinez and a service ace by Morrill.

Morrill had six of the Cards' 15 kills in the third set while freshman Katie Zaremba added four. Catholic scored the first four points before Shenandoah scored seven of the next eight to take a 7-5 lead. With the set tied at 10-10, the Cardinals used a 4-1 spurt to take the lead for good, scoring two points on Hornet errors and two more on another ace by Morrill and a kill by junior Maria Gonzalez.

On a night when she was recognized for her 2,000th career assist on Saturday, Gonzalez totaled 31 assists and now has 2,103 for her career. She also added nine digs. Zaremba finished with a career-high four kills and a .500 hitting percentage while senior Isabelle Cooper had six kills and six total blocks.

As a team, Catholic tied a season-high with 12 total blocks, equaling the mark it set against Meredith in the season opener.

The Cardinals return to action on Friday when they travel across town to Gallaudet for the Worthington Classic. The team faces Bethany at 4 p.m., followed by York (Pa.) at 8 p.m. The team swept York earlier this season at McDaniel on Sept. 14.