Cardinals Soar Over Shorewomen in Four Sets
Canada Tallies 500th Career Kill in Loss
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Claudia Jean tallied match-highs of 25 digs and 14 kills as visiting Catholic University downed host Washington College, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, in non-conference volleyball action tonight at the Cain Athletic Center. The Cardinals improved to 7-2 with the four-set win, while the Shorewomen fell to 7-3 with the loss.
Molly Owens gave the Cardinals a 16-8 lead in the first set when she recorded a kill off of a pass from Jean. The Shorewomen would respond with a 12-7 run to cut the Catholic to 23-20, but could not inch any closer and the Cardinals won the last two points of the opening set.
In the second set, the two teams were knotted at 16-16 when Catholic won seven of the next nine points to take a 23-18 lead. Washington countered with a 4-1 run to reduce the Cardinals lead to 24-22, but a setting error by the hosts gave the final point of the second set to Catholic.
Trailing 16-13 in the third set, the Shorewomen won 10 of the next 11 points to take a 23-17 lead on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) on a feed from senior setter Caitlin Ward (Wantagh, NY/Holy Trinity). The Cardinals got as close as 24-22, but a kill by sophomore outside hitter Lauren Feeny (Upper Darby, PA/Villa Maria Academy) sealed the third set for Washington.
Catholic won the first three points of the fourth and final set and never trailed in the last set of the match. The Cardinals took a 19-10 lead before the Shorewomen made their final charge. Washington won the next five points to trim the lead to 19-15 on an unassisted kill by senior middle hitter Kelli Canada (Midlothian, VA/James River). However, this is as close as the Shorewomen would come as the guests scored six of the final nine points of the evening to chalk up the victory. A kill by Alex Min-Tun clinched the win for Catholic.
In addition to Jean, four other Catholic players had double-digit dig totals. Kristina Purcell had 22 digs, while Michaela Carroll, Katie Chefalas and Gabrielle Dipasquantonio each totaled 12 digs. Carroll handed out a match-best 45 assists to tally a double-double, while Kim Ray recorded 12 kills for the Cardinals on the night.
Washington got a double-double from Forget as she had 12 digs and team-best 11 kills for her third double-double in the last four matches. Freshman libero Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus) led all Shorewomen players with 23 digs and junior defensive specialist Traci Daelemans (Tracys Landing, MD/Southern) was the third WC player to net double-digit dig totals with 10. Ward had a team-high 36 assists for Washington on the evening.
Canada had nine kills, including her 500th career kill in the second set that cut Catholic's lead to 18-17. She now has 503 kills in her career at Washington.
The Shorewomen will travel to Mary Washington on Saturday with first serve at noon.