CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson volleyball team got ten kills each from Emma Lange and Jenna Schumann to help the Red Devils get by the Catholic University of America Cardinals 3-0 on Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Kline Athletic Center. Dickinson won by set scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-22.
It was Catholic who took an early 4-3 edge in the first set, before Morgan Biggs, Emma Lange, Ann Marie Patterson, Jordan Schucker went on a 5-2 push for an 8-5 lead. A kill from Mya Sullivan made it 11-9, but then Christina Chu, Emma Popham, Dessie Anne Nietert, Jenna Schumann, and Schucker exploded to storm ahead 18-10. Olivia Blondin cut it to 18-11, prior to Biggs, Lange, and Schumann seven of the next eleven points for the 25-15 win.
Dickinson came flying out of the gates to begin the second with Popham putting down three consecutive kills along with singles by Biggs and Schumann to lead 8-3. A 7-5 stretch by the Cards trimmed the margin to 13-10. However, back-to-back scores from Lange as well as a point by Schumann extended the lead to 20-15. The teams would share the ensuing ten points with a Popham kill and Patterson ace giving DC a 25-20 victory.
With Schucker on the line to start the third, she would record an ace and Schumann added a kill for an early 3-0 advantage. The two sides exchanged points for a little after that with Lange and Schucker adding kills to make it 10-6. However, CUA rallied back as they took advantage of four Devils errors during a 5-1 flight to knot the score 11-11. With things still locked up at 12-12, Dickinson looked to put the match out of reach as Biggs and Popham each had two kills, while Chu and Lange added solo points to push the gap to seven at 20-13. Five of the following nine points went to the visitors, with Blondin picking up a pair of kills cutting the deficit to 24-18. Catholic continued to battle back by forcing three more Red Devil mistakes making it 24-22. Biggs made sure it got no tighter as she slammed down the final point of the match off an assist from Schucker.
Dickinson stays inside the friendly confines of the Kline Athletic Center to open up Centennial Conference play on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. versus Muhlenberg College.