Volleyball Drops Season Opener to Saint Louis, 3-1
Aug. 26, 2011
IOWA CITY - After claiming the opening set of the season 25-20, the Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped the next three sets and fell to Saint Louis, 3-1, in the first match of the Hawkeye Challenge Friday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. SLU captured the final three sets 25-23, 25-15, 27-25.
Junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson led the Golden Eagles (0-1) with 14 kills on 32 attacks, while classmate and fellow middle hitter Carol Henney notched 10 kills and added five assisted blocks. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier assisted on 36 kills and added 16 digs for a double-double.
The Billikens (1-0) were led by All-Atlantic 10 Conference performer Alyssa Deno's 12 kills and eight digs.
Marquette opened the match with six-straight points and built its largest lead of the first set at 8-2 on a Carlson kill. MU would not surrender that lead and ended the set 25-20 on a kill from Ciara Jones.
Henney led Marquette in the first frame with six kills on eight attacks and two block assists. Heier also added 15 assists in her first collegiate set.
Marquette jumped ahead 13-5 in the second set but could not hold on, allowing the Billikens to pull ahead 20-19 and hold on for a 25-23 triumph. Saint Louis jumped out early with a 3-0 lead before MU knotted the set at 5-5 and built an eight point advantage with the last of its nine straight points.
The Golden Eagles again fell behind the Billikens 3-0 early in the third frame and could not recover, notching a 25-15 loss. MU hit -.091 with seven kills and 10 errors on 33 total attacks.
Marquette fought back from a 20-17 deficit in the fourth and final set to tie the score at 24-24 and 25-25 before falling 27-25.
Nineteen service errors were committed in the match by the Billikens, but crucial service errors late in the fourth set hindered the Golden Eagles ability to extend the match with miscues by sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski and Heier.
It was MU’s first meeting with SLU since a 3-2 victory over the Billikens on Oct. 30, 2004, the two programs’ last season in Conference USA. Saint Louis leads the all-time series 20-15.
The loss marks the first season-opening defeat for head coach Bond Shymansky in his tenure at Marquette. The Golden Eagles swept Eastern Kentucky to open the 2009 season and Stony Brook at the Golden Gopher Invite in 2010.
Marquette returns to action in the Hawkeye Challenge at 10 a.m. Saturday against Central Michigan before taking on the host Iowa Hawkeyes at 7 p.m.