Washington, D.C. – The Bridgewater volleyball team traveled to the Catholic University of America on Saturday for the Catholic Tri-Match. The host Cardinals defeated the Eagles in the first match of the day, 3-0. Bridgewater fought back and beat Frostburg St. in four sets to finish the day with a 1-1 record.
Setter Lindsay Kallam recorded 28 assists.
Mariana Cruz, Catholic's setter, recorded 32 assists and Claudia Jean led the team with 13 kills.
Catholic earned the first five points of the first set with two service aces, a kill and two Bridgewater errors. The Eagles stormed back and a double block from Grimes and Kallam put Bridgewater within one point of the Cardinals forcing Catholic to take a timeout. The Cardinals responded out of the break to earn a six-point lead with three kills from Jean and three Eagles' errors. Jean finished off the 25-21 set for the Cardinals with back-to-back kills.
Catholic jumped out to an early lead in the second set, but a kill from Grimes tied the set 6-all. Kills from Kelly Crimmins and Bridget Kulesh broke the tie and kept the Cardinals three-points ahead of the Eagles for the rest of the set. At the 23-17 mark Katie Long powered down a kill and Crimmins recorded two attack errors to force Catholic to take a timeout. A kill from Castle and an error from Crimmins out of the break put the Eagles within two of the Cardinals. Catholic surged ahead and won the set by three points from a kill and an Eagles' error.
The Cardinals took an early lead until a kill from Grimes tied the score 10-10. Catholic took the lead again with two kills from Crimmins and Jean and two Eagles errors. The host Cardinals defeated the Eagles 25-16 to take the set and match.
In the second match of the day, O'Leary recorded 25 digs, while Doman added 14digs, and Snyder tallied 11. Kallam totaled 51 assists.
Four Eagles recorded double-digit kills with Castle and Long leading with 13 kills each. Castle also led the team in blocks with four.
Maddie White of Frostburg St. recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 20 digs. Setter Kass Greis totaled 22 assists for the Bobcats.
The first set was neck-and-neck until a kill by Carter, gave the Eagles a 10-9 lead. Bridgewater went on a three-point run with a kill from Carter and two Bobcats errors. Long and Grimes earned points for Bridgewater with back-to-back kills putting the Eagles ahead by six points. Bridgewater went on to win the set 25-16.
Three early kills from Castle, Carter, and Kallam started the second set with the Eagles out in front, 8-4. After a four-point run dominated by Eagles' kills, Bridgewater won the set 25-14.
The two teams traded points in the third set until a kill by Morgan Hoover put the Bobcats ahead, 12-11. Frostburg St. continued on a five-point run but Carter narrowed the gap to 19-17 with a kill. A kill from Maddie White ended the third set, 25-19, and the Bobcats earned a win with a kill from White.
There were 11 ties in the fourth set, but Doman broke the 11-11 tie with a kill followed by another kill from Doman. Frostburg St. surged back with a six-point run putting the Bobcats ahead of the Eagles, 19-17. Three Bobcats' errors put Bridgewater back in the position to win the set and a kill from Doman ended the set and, 25-21, to hand Bridgewater a 3-1 victory.
Bridgewater will be back in action on Wednesday in the opening round of the ODAC tournament. Bridgewater's opponent and Wednesday's game time have yet to be determined.