CARLISLE, Pa. - Catholic University volleyball sophomore Olivia Blondin totaled eight kills and 11 digs, both career highs, as the Cardinals fell at Dickinson Tuesday, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22.
Blondin posted a career high in digs for the second consecutive match after she had nine on Saturday against Gettysburg.
Meanwhile, freshman Courtney Pohl had nine kills and a career-high four total blocks as the Cardinals (2-10) and Devils were meeting for the first time ever.
The duo Blondin and Pohl combined for 17 of the team's 28 kills and had a .228 hitting percentage.
The first set started off back-and-forth with Catholic holding a 4-3 lead before Dickinson scored seven of the next nine points to take a 10-6 lead. Leading 11-9, the Devils stretched their leasd to as many as 10 after an 11-3 run gave them their largest lead, 22-12.
Dickinson (7-3) jumped out to another 10-6 lead in the second set and led 23-20 before sealing the set on back-to-back errors by the Cardinals.
Catholic faced a third 10-6 deficit in the third set before rallying to tie it at 11-11 on a kill by senior Mackenzie Collier and a service ace by Blondin. Tied at 12-12, the Devils scored eight of the next nine points to go in front, 20-13.
The Cardinals pulled within two at 24-22, but the Dickinson clinched the match on a kill by Morgan Biggs.
Collier totaled six kills and a team-high 12 digs as she had at least 10 digs for the third-straight match. She has had 10 or more digs in eight of the team's 12 matches this season.
Catholic begins competition in the 14th annual Worthington Classic hosted by Gallaudet University on Friday against DeSales. First serve is at 4 p.m.