Cardinals Drop Five-Set Thriller to Gettysburg in Home Opener

Cardinals Drop Five-Set Thriller to Gettysburg in Home Opener

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's volleyball sophomore Patricia Martinez and freshman Mackenzie Collier each had double doubles while freshman Caroline Kelly had a career-high 33 dig, but Gettysburg used a fifth-set rally to edge out the Cardinals in a nonconference match Wednesday night at Franny Murray Court.

Catholic (4-1) had four kills and four errors in the decisive fifth set while the Bullets totaled 11 kills and a .286 hitting percentage.

Martinez totaled her third double double of the season and the 15th of her career with 13 kills and 11 digs while Collier had a career-high 10 kills to go along with 11 digs.

The match featured 38 ties and 20 lead changes, including 16 ties and 10 lead changes in the fourth set. Led by back-to-back kills from junior Isabelle Cooper, the Cardinals tied the match at two sets apiece after scoring five of the final seven points to win, 27-25. Cooper finished with five of her 11 kills in the set while posting a .556 hitting percentage. Her 11 kills were one shy of her career high set twice last season.

However, Gettysburg (5-0) quickly regained the momentum in the fifth, jumping out to a 9-3 lead. Two kills by freshman Kaitlyn McDonough and a service ace by Kelly pulled Catholic within four, but the Bullets would seal their fifth-straight win on a kill by Francesca Garison.

Reigning Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week, sophomore Maria Gonzalez, finished with 43 assists and 16 digs, both career highs.

The Cardinals return to action on Friday when they host the Guetle Invitational.

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