Marquette Drops 3-2 Heartbreaker to No. 13 BYU
Aug 31, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker (25-23, 19-25, 25-17, 14-25, 15-12) to No. 13 BYU on Saturday afternoon at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio.
“I was really pleased and impressed with our unit as a whole, but we just weren’t steady enough all the way through,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “You can’t just play simple; you have to play focused and aggressive against top-ranked teams like that. That was a ripe opportunity that we didn’t convert on and we will get more opportunities going forward and I believe that we can take advantage in the near future. We showed great progress today. We had not just flashes of brilliance but long strings of great play.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 1-1 on the season and received an outstanding performance once again from freshman Autumn Bailey, who along with senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein, was named to the all-tournament team.
"She was good in the first match against the Bowling Green and she was wicked against BYU," said Shymansky. "She was terminating in big moments and smart with the ball, blocking well, passing in the back row and is just really a strong contributor to our team’s success right now. She is not doing it alone, but when she gets her opportunities she gets kills. It is really exciting watching her grow up as we go through the start of the season."
Bailey’s 26 kills are the most for an MU player since Nov. 24, 2007 when fellow Canadian Kim Todd and Ashlee Fisher notched 29 and 27 kills, respectively, against South Dakota State. The Burlington, Ontario native also added 14 digs and four blocks on the afternoon while hitting .300.
Junior Lindsey Gosh pitched in 13 kills of her own with a .333 attack percentage and her four service aces, three of which came in the fourth frame, allowed MU to extend the match to a fifth set.
The Cougars (1-1) were led by 20 kills from Alexa Gray, who hit .421 in the match as BYU hit .299 overall. Tabre Haddock was the Cougars’ only other player in double digits with 17 kills.
Marquette dropped a tight opening frame 25-23 while hitting just .16 (15-7-49) as the Cougars hit .312. The Golden Eagles remained close throughout and led 19-17 on a Bailey kill before BYU pulled away. Shymansky called MU timeouts with BYU leading 20-19 and 24-21, but was unable to overcome the deficit.
Bailey carried the Golden Eagles to a 25-15 second set victory while hitting .615 with eight kills and three blocks. BYU mounted a comeback with four-straight points midway through the frame after MU led 15-10, but it was not enough.
Koberstein led the Marquette offense to a .385 hitting percentage (17-2-39) in the stanza with 12 assists.
The Cougars jumped out to a large lead in the third frame and held on for a 25-17 win while hitting .355 with just one error. Gosh led all players with six kills in the set but MU was unable to overcome eight hitting errors and a pair of miscues at the service line. The Oconomowoc, Wis., native came alive late in the set with four kills as Marquette attempted to dig itself out of a 22-12 hole.
Gosh and Bailey took control in the fourth set and helped the Golden Eagles break free from a 13-13 tie and cruise to a 25-14 victory. Bailey paced all players with seven kills and Gosh put on a clinic at the service line as MU hit an incredible .615 (16-0-26).
Marquette held its last lead in the fifth set at 9-8 on a solo block from redshirt freshman Jackie Kocken before BYU pulled away for the victory.
The Golden Eagles will return to Milwaukee to host No. 4 USC and TCU in the Marquette Challenge on Sept. 6-7 at the Al McGuire Center. Friday’s home opener against the Trojans will feature a welcome back Pizza Hut pizza party for the first 200 students as well as MU’s first camper reunion day of the season.