Morrill Named MVP, Cardinals Capture Guetle Invitational

Morrill Named MVP, Cardinals Capture Guetle Invitational

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University volleyball freshman Josephine Morrill was named Most Valuable Player as the Cardinals captured the 2019 Guetle Invitational after sweeping Pitt-Greensburg and Keuka on Saturday at Franny Murray Court.

Morrill finished the two-day tournament 31 kills and 31 digs over nine sets, an average of 3.44 per set, while posting two double doubles. She also added 10 service aces.

In addition to Morrill, senior Isabelle Cooper and juniors Patricia Martinez and Maria Gonzalez were named to the all-tournament team. Cooper totaled 28 kills, nine digs and eight blocks while Martinez posted 25 kills and 25 digs. Meanwhile, Gonzalez had 90 assists, an average of 10.00 per set, while adding 29 digs.

Catholic 3, Pitt-Greensburg 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16)

Morrill totaled 13 kills and seven digs against the Panthers (1-6) while posting a .300 hitting percentage. As a team, Catholic totaled a season-high .296 hitting percentage.

Cooper had 11 kills, including six in the first set where the Cardinals rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match at 4-4 before using an 8-3 run to take a 12-7 advantage. They scored seven of the next 10 points to take their largest lead at 19-10 before withstanding a late Pitt-Greensburg rally en route to the six-point victory.

Cooper had four kills and three total blocks in the second set while Morrill had five kills as the Cards never trailed and scored four of the final five points to take a two sets to none lead.

Pitt-Greensburg jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set before Catholic scored eight consecutive points, including five on two kills and three service aces from Morrill. Leading 20-16, the Cardinals scored the final five points en route to the three-set victory. Two of their final five points came on a kill and service ace from freshman Katie Zaremba. Morrill totaled four kills, four digs and three service aces in the deciding set.

Sophomore Joya Libbus had seven kills while sophomore Caroline Kelly had a match-high 15 digs. Gonzalez finished with 34 assists.

Catholic 3, Keuka 0 (25-13, 25-18, 29-27)

Martinez led the Cardinals to their fourth-straight win and third in straight sets with a team-high 11 kills, six of which came in the final set. Morrill finished with seven kills and 12 digs while Libbus added another seven kills.

Catholic dominated the first set, using a 13-2 run to break open a 9-6 advantage and its largest lead, 22-8. Martinez and Morrill each had three kills and four digs.

The Cardinals led 8-3 in the second before extending that to 18-8 on a kill by Gonzalez. Seven different players had at least one kill for the Cards, including three each from Cooper, Morrill and Libbus.

Catholic jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the third before the Wolves (3-4) rallied to take their first lead, 15-14. The Cardinals answered with six-straight points to go back in front 21-15, but one again, Keuka rallied and tied the set at 22-22. The Cards managed to avoid losing their first set in the last 10 after a service error by the Wolves at 24-23, before an attack error and kill by Martinez gave Catholic its fourth-straight win.

Gonzalez finished with 26 assists and a team-high 14 digs while sophomore Kaitlyn McDonough had three block assists.

The Cardinals begin an eight-game road trip on Wednesday, Sept. 11 when they travel to Washington College for a 7 p.m., non-conference contest.