WESTMINSTER, Md. - Catholic University women's volleyball junior Maria Gonzalez totaled five kills, 14 assists and six digs as the Cardinals posted their seventh win in-a-row with a 26-24, 25-23, 25-20 victory over York (Pa.) Saturday at McDaniel's Gill Physical Education Learning Center.
Catholic (8-3) has yet to lose in the month of September as the team improved to 6-0 in three-set matches this season. Five of the Cards' last six wins have come in straight sets.
The Cardinals scored the first six points of the opening set before an 8-3 run by the Spartans pulled them within one, 9-8. YCP scored five-straight points to erase a 13-11 deficit and take a 16-13 advantage. The Spartans led 22-18, but four consecutive points by the Cards tied the set at 22-22 before Catholic scored four of the final six points edge out the two-point victory.
York jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set and led by as many as seven before seven-straight points by the Cardinals gave them their first lead, 16-15. However, the Spartans retook the lead and led 21-18 before Catholic closed the set on a 7-2 run to go up two sets to none.
The third set between the former Capital Athletic Conference rivals featured 10 ties and five lead changes. After taking a timeout trailing 18-16, the Cardinals used a 5-0 run, with a kill and two service aces by freshman Josephine Morrill, to take a 21-18. Catholic scored nine of the last 11 points, sealing the match on York's 25th attack error.
Junior Patricia Martinez led the Cardinals with six kills and 11 digs while Morrill had three kills, three assists, two service aces and six digs. Sophomore Caroline Kelly and junior Christina Ciola added eight and four digs, respectively.
The Cardinals travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia on Tuesday to take on Mary Washington at 7 p.m.