Stout, Cardinals Get First Win With Sweep Over Shorewomen

Stout, Cardinals Get First Win With Sweep Over Shorewomen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University volleyball head coach Heather Stout earned her first career win as the Cardinals swept Washington College Wednesday night on Franny Murray Court, 25-12, 25-21, 25-20.

After four road matches to open the season, the Cardinals (1-4) used a balanced attack to post their seventh win in the last eight matches at home dating back to the 2019 season.

Stout, who was named the head volleyball coach on June 5, 2020, spent three seasons as an assistant coach at at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University and two at Division III New York University before coming to Catholic. She also served as the head coach for DIGS Volleyball Club where she was recognized by the Garden Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the regional girls club coach of the year.

Five players had at least five kills for the Cardinals, led by six each from junior Brittany Connatser and sophomore Olivia Blondin. Senior Mackenzie Collier, sophomore Amy Lumaj and freshman Courtney Pohl had five kills apiece.

Freshman Mya Sullivan totaled four kills, 17 assists and four digs while junior Alycia Powers had seven assists and four service aces.

The Shorewomen (0-4) jumped out to a 6-4 lead in the first set before the Cardinals scored seven of the next eight points to take an 11-7 advantage. Sullivan had two kills while Pohl added two service aces during the run before Catholic extended its lead to 22-10, keyed by two more service aces from Powers.

Led by Powers, the Cardinals totaled 13 service aces on the night as six players had at least one.

Catholic scored seven of the first 10 points to start the second set, including two on aces by Powers and one by senior Caroline Kelly. The team had five service aces in the set along with 10 kills, three of which came from Pohl. For the second-straight set, the Cardinals clinched the winning point on a kill by Lumaj.

After falling behing 8-5 to start the third, Catholic rallied with seven consecutive points on four Washington College errors, an ace by sophomore Gaby Hernandez-Ferraiuoli and kills from Pohl and Powers. The Cardinals stretched their lead to as many as seven on a kill by Connatser before back-to-back errors by the Shorewomen sealed the first win for both the team and Stout.

Defensively, Collier totaled a team-high 10 digs while Hernandez-Ferraiuoli added nine. Lumaj also had three block assists.

Catholic travels to Glassboro, N.J. this weekend for a quad match hosted by Rowan University. The Cardinals open play on Friday, Sept. 10 against Widener. First serve is at 5 p.m.