HOBOKEN, N.J. - Catholic University volleyball junior Patricia Martinez totaled her 1,000th career dig on Saturday at the New Jersey Challenge, highlighting the Cardinals' two matches against host Stevens and Hamilton.
Martinez now has 1,003 digs for her career, becoming the 17th player in school history, and second this season, to reach 1,000. Sophomore Caroline Kelly reached the milestone last week against Stevenson on Oct. 10.
Martinez, who finished the day with 21 kills and 30 digs, becomes just the sixth player in school history with both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She totaled her 1,000th career kill earlier this season on Sept. 28 at the Worthington Classic hosted by Gallaudet.
Freshman Josephine Morrill added 23 kills and 22 digs between the two matches.
Stevens 3, Catholic 1 (25-14, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19)
Kelly posted a match-high 30 digs, but the Cardinals had 27 attack errors and a .087 hitting percentage over all four sets in a 3-1 loss to the host Ducks.
Martinez hit .098 while adding 15 digs and one block assist while Morrill had 10 kills, 16 digs and one block assist. She also posted a .093 hitting percentage.
The Ducks posted a .308 hitting percentage and committed only two errors in the first set and never trailed en route to a 25-14 victory.
The second set featured two leads and five ties, the last at 15-15, before the Ducks scored six of the next seven points to take a 21-16 lead. The Cardinals would come within a point at 22-21, but could not overcome the deficit and dropped the second set 25-22
After Stevens jumped out to a 7-4 lead, Catholic used a 4-0 run to take the lead, which they would not give up for the rest of the third set to post a 25-18 win. Morrill posted five kills while the Cardinals took advantage of nine Stevens errors to take the third set.
Catholic and Steven exchanged points at the beginning of set 4, but the Ducks used a 7-0 run to take a 14-5 lead. Catholic used seven Stevens errors and three service aces to pull within 5 points, 22-17, but it was not enough as the Ducks posted a 25-19 fourth-set and match clinching victory.
Hamilton 3, Catholic 0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-18)
Morrill led the offense for the Cardinals, posting a team-high 13 kills. Martinez posted 15 digs for the second-straight match while adding eight kills. Senior Isabelle Cooper, who was named to the all-tournament team, also had eight kills to go along with three block assists.
The Continentals jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first set before Catholic rallied to tie the set at 21-21. However, Hamilton scored the final four points, including two on kills by Deirdre Corrigan.
The Cardinals led 3-1 to start the second set before Hamilton rallied to tie the set for the first time at 7-7. The second set featured eight ties with the last coming at 24-24 before the Continentals scored the final two points on kills by Jane Fanning and Kendall Boxe.
Hamilton scored four of the first five points in the third set and never trailed. Leading 5-4, the Continentals increased their lead to 10-6. Leading 14-10, Hamilton used a 5-0 run to push its lead to nine before sealing the match on a Catholic attack error.
Ciola finished with 12 digs while Gonzalez had 23 assists and seven digs.
The Cardinals return home to host a Landmark Conference contest with Goucher on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., for Senior Night. Prior to the match, the team will honor Cooper and senior Nina Kasputis.