Martinez Reaches 1,000 Career Kills at Worthington Classic

Martinez Reaches 1,000 Career Kills at Worthington Classic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University volleyball junior Patricia Martinez totaled 24 kills, including the 1,000th of her career, as the Cardinals split matches with Christopher Newport and host Gallaudet on Saturday at the Worthington Classic.

The Cardinals (12-8) fell in three sets to Christopher Newport, 25-19, 25-20, 25-16, before sweeping Gallaudet, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23.

Martinez is just the eighth player in program history to total 1,000 kills and now has 1,002 through 87 career matches.

Against the Captains (12-6), Martinez had 12 of the team's 30 kills while posting a .360 hitting percentage. Freshman Josephine Morrill, who was named to the all-tournament team, had eight kills and seven digs, but was limited by nine attack errors.

In four matches this weekend, Morrill posted three double doubles, totaling 46 kills and 52 digs. She averaged 3.29 kills and 3.71 digs per set while adding seven service aces.

Christopher Newport totaled 50 kills and a .352 hitting percentage to go along with 12 block assists. Megan O'Hara had 14 kills while Katie Piper added 13 kills and eight digs.

Needing just 10 kills against the Bison (4-16), Martinez picked up her 1,000th career kill on the Cardinals' eighth point of the third set. Trailing 8-5, Catholic scored three-straight points on a kill and a service ace from Morrill before Martinez's 10th kill of the match tied the set at 8-8.

Martinez finished with 12 kills and 11 digs for her seventh double double of the season. Like Morrill, she also posted three double doubles this weekend, totaling 51 kills and 37 digs, an average of 3.64 kills and 2.64 digs per set.

With 857 career digs, Martinez would become only the sixth player in team history to total 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She would join Whitney Dachelet (2003-06), Kristin Bufka (1993-96), Mary Ellen Ryan (1998-01), Mary Paige Nesfeder (2013-16) and Claudia Jean (2009-12).

Morrill added 15 more kills against Gallaudet and now has 234 this season for a team-high 3.61 kills per set. She also had 15 digs and is second on the team with 190 this season, trailing only sophomore libero Caroline Kelly who has 325.

After just 51 matches, Kelly is approaching 1,000 career digs as she now has 928. She totaled 21 against the Bison, her fifth match with at least 20 this season.

Senior Isabelle Cooper had eight kills and two block assists and is now sixth in program history with 142.

With 118 assists this weekend, junior Maria Gonzalez now ranks seventh in school history with 2,221. Only four players have reached 3,000 in team history.

Catholic returns to Gallaudet on Wednesday for a 7 p.m., match against the Bison.