Golden Eagles Sweep UC Irvine 3-0
Sept. 3, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team used an 11-1 run to close out the first set of Friday night's match against UC Irvine and never looked back, defeating the Anteaters 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-21) in game two of the Stanford Invitational.
Marquette was led by seniors Rabbecka Gonyo and Nikki Klingsporn with 12 kills and 38 assists, respectively, while freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski turned in a career-high 14 digs. Jeziorowski was one of five players to reach double digits in digs as Klingporn added her second double-double of the season, as did junior Ashley Beyer with 11 kills and 10 digs. California-natives Kelsey Warner and Rachel Stier also added 13 and 10 digs, respectively.
With the score tied at 12-12 in the first, MU took four of the next five points and UCI took its first timeout of the frame. The Anteaters used both of their timeouts during the Golden Eagles 11-1 run as MU took control with three kills from both Beyer and Gonyo during that stretch. MU combined to hit .364 (15 kills, 3 errors, 33 total attacks) in the opening set.
The two squads traded leads at the beginning of the second set until MU took a commanding 22-14 lead following a 6-0 run. That run was capped by a Gonyo kill, who led the Golden Eagles with five kills in the frame.
A much tighter third set followed until Marquette turned a 18-18 tie into a 21-18 lead following a Klingsporn ace. The Golden Eagles finished out the final stanza with two more kills from Beyer.
The five Marquette players with at least 10 digs is a high mark in Bond Shymansky's tenure at Marquette. The last time an MU squad had at least five players with double-digit digs was in a 3-1 victory over Green Bay on Sept. 13, 2008. MU was led by Amy Deelo's 26 digs in that contest and Gonyo, the only remaining current player from that squad, led the Golden Eagles with 18 kills and four blocks.
Last year, MU had four players reach 10-or-more digs in a contest six times, but all occurrences were in at least four sets.
UC Irvine was led by Kari Pestolesi's eight kills and 15 digs from Kristin Walker.
The Invitational will conclude Saturday afternoon when the Golden Eagles (3-1) take on tournament host, No. 3 Stanford, in the championship match.