Cardinals Finish 2019 Season With Sweep of Moravian

Cardinals Finish 2019 Season With Sweep of Moravian

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Catholic University volleyball junior Patricia Martinez totaled her 13th double double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs as the Cardinals wrapped up their 2019 season with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 Landmark Conference victory over Moravian Saturday at Juniata.

The Cardinals (16-16, 2-4 LC) fell to No. 18 Susquehanna in the opener, 25-19, 25-18, 25-14.

Catholic finished one match short of advancing to the 2019 Landmark Conference Volleyball Championship as the fourth seed. For the first time in the 13-year history of the Landmark Conference volleyball tournament, there is a new No. 1 seed as Susquehanna rallied from two sets down to post a 17-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 15-10 win over 12-time champion Juniata Saturday.

Susquehanna 3, Catholic 0

Martinez totaled 11 kills and 10 digs against the River Hawks (29-5, 5-0 LC) while senior Isabelle Cooper added 11 kills and nine digs.

The Cardinals had 27 kills, but committed 22 attack errors as Susquehanna had 11 total blocks.

Sophomore Caroline Kelly finished with 16 digs while junior Maria Gonzalez had 24 assists and eight digs.

Catholic 3, Moravian 0

The Cardinals improved their record to 11-7 in three-set matches this season after posting their second sweep in the last three.

Martinez totaled eight of her match-high 16 kills in the opening set while adding five digs. Catholic had 27 digs in the opening set as five different players had five each.

The first set featured 11 ties and five lead changes, the last coming at 16-16 before the Cards scored nine of the final 13 points, including five on errors by the Greyhounds (10-21, 1-5 LC).

Cooper added 12 more kills against Moravian and finished the year third on the team with 271. Kelly had 13 digs while junior Joya Libbus had five kills and five total blocks. Gonzalez had 32 assists and eight digs.

Cooper completes her career with 675 kills while ranking ninth in program history with 210 total blocks and fifth with 171 block assists, just one behind Emily McGlynn (2000-03). She also finished 10th in program history with 119 matches and 373 sets.

Senior Nina Kasputis also made her final appearance on Saturday, playing in both matches. She finished her career with 62 matches and 98 sets, including 19 and 29 this year, respectively.