Marquette Upsets No. 21 Iowa State, 3-0
Aug. 29, 2015
AMES, Iowa-- The Marquette University women's volleyball team bested No. 21 Iowa State in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 26-24) on Saturday evening at the Hilton Coliseum to close out the opening weekend as winners of the Cyclone Invitational.
It was the first time the Golden Eagles (3-0) defeated a ranked opponent since a victory over No. 7 Florida on Sept. 6, 2014.
Iowa State (2-1) was led by Jess Schaben with 12 kills as Caitlin Nolan recorded 14 digs.
Marquette had a 7-0 run early in the first set and did not trail the Cyclones again after holding a 10-5 lead. The Golden Eagles let Iowa State creep back in within one point at 20-19, but Joy Miley, Meghan Niemann and Louis all contributed kills to earn the final points needed for a 25-20 win in the frame.
Iowa State used a 7-2 run early in the second set and held an 11-6 lead after a kill, but Marquette capitalized on 17 attack errors from the Cyclones and stormed back into the game. After taking a 17-16 lead the Golden Eagles did not trail again pulling away with a 25-21 victory and headed into the break up, 2-0 in the match.
After breaking out to a 15-3 lead in the third set, the Golden Eagles let Iowa State creep back in to force a tight contest. MU earned match point after an attack error from the Cyclones, 24-18, but ISU was resilient and fought off the Golden Eagles with six consecutive points to tie the game at 24 each. Niemann slammed down a kill and the Cyclones hit an error for the final two points.
Marquette will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 4 at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational hosted by Missouri State. The Golden Eagles will face Oral Roberts at 4 p.m. CT
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