Cardinals Drop Landmark Conference Match at Elizabethtown

Cardinals Drop Landmark Conference Match at Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Catholic University volleyball junior Patricia Martinez posted a double double with 10 kills and 15 digs, but Elizabethtown was able to edge out a 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 Landmark Conference victory Wednesday night at Thompson Gymnasium.

The Cardinals (14-12, 0-3 LC) lost for just the third time in the last seven meetings against the Blue Jays dating back to 2013.

Senior Isabelle Cooper totaled a team-high 12 kills while sophomore Caroline Kelly had 22 digs.

Catholic posted 81 digs, its highest total in a three-set match this season, while adding six total blocks and holding Elizabethtown to a .143 hitting percentage, but the Blue Jays totaled 11 service aces to pick up their fourth-straight win.

Elizabethtown (21-7, 2-1 LC), who has reached 20 wins for the first time since 2012, jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the first set before the Cards tied it at 13-13. With the set tied at 19-19. the Blue Jays scored four-straight points, including two on errors by the Cardinals. Leading 24-23, Elizabethtown sealed the win on a kill by Elle Shatto.

The Blue Jays scored six of the first of the eight points to start the second set before an 8-3 run pushed their lead to 11, 20-9. Catholic rallied to pull within four, 22-18, but Elizabethtown closed the set on a kill by Shelly Yohe and a service ace from Courtney Westman.

The third set featured five ties and three lead changes before the Blue Jays scored nine consecutive points to take a 14-5 advantage. Facing match point, the Cardinals scored six unanswered points before Elizabethtown closed out the match on Shatto's 14th kill.

Junior Joya Libbus had five kills for the visitors while juniors Kate Murphy and Christina Ciola each had seven digs. Junior Maria Gonzalez finished with 29 assists and 15 digs.

Playing in her first match since Aug. 31 because of injury, freshman Jackie Mitaritonna had one kill and one block assist.

Catholic returns to action on Friday at the New Jersey Challenge hosted by Stevens. The Cards face St. John Fisher at 8 p.m.