Marquette Defeats Tournament-Host Loyola, 3-1, In Final Match Of Loyola Invitational
Aug. 29, 2009
CHICAGO- Marquette concluded the final day at the Loyola Invitational by defeating tournament-host Loyola, 3-1, Saturday evening (25-23, 21-25, 25-12, 25-18) after falling to Iowa earlier in the day, 3-1.
In the evening match against Loyola, sophomore Ashley Beyer led the Golden Eagles with 24 kills for a .417 attack percentage in addition to 13 digs. Also recording double-doubles were juniors Leslie Bielski with 10 kills and 12 digs and Nikki Klingsporn with 47 assists and 20 digs. Rabbecka Gonyo led MU with a .600 attack percentage, recording 13 kills on 20 attacks with only one error. In the match, Klingsporn recorded career highs in assists (47), digs (20) and blocks (4).
In the first set against Loyola, the Ramblers led early on until Marquette tied the set at 10-10 on a kill by Bielski. MU then reeled off seven of the next nine points to take a 17-12 advantage. Loyola rallied to tie the first at 20 before MU closed out the frame 25-23 on a block by Beyer and Gonyo.
In the second, Marquette jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Loyola tied the match with four straight points. With the match tied 10-10, Loyola took control of the set and pulled out to a 21-15 lead. From there, MU scored five of the next six points to set the score at 22-20 on a kill from Holly Mertens. With MU able to muster only another point, Loyola took the second set 25-21.
Marquette regained control of the match in the third set, gaining a 6-2 lead after four kills from Beyer led to a Loyola timeout. Marquette never lost the lead from there and cruised to a 25-12 victory.
In the third, Beyer recorded eight kills with five kills coming from Gonyo and 13 assists from Klingsporn.
The fourth frame saw freshman Danielle Carlson help MU out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of kills, but the Ramblers rallied to tie the set at 7-7. From there, MU leaped out to a 23-13 lead and captured the set and the match, fittingly enough, on a kill from Beyer.
For their efforts over the weekend, both Bielski and Klingsporn were named to the Loyola Invitational All-Tournament Team.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday at the Al McGuire Center against Texas State at 2 p.m. in the second match of the Marquette Invitational.
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