Golden Eagles Fall 3-1 to No. 3 Stanford
Sept. 4, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team put up a valiant fight against the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal Saturday afternoon, but fell 3-1 (25-16, 17-25, 25-18, 25-14) in the finale of the Stanford Invitational.
Marquette (3-2) was led by senior captains Nikki Klingsporn and Rabbecka Gonyo, who were named to an all-tournament team for the second-straight weekend. Klingsporn recorded her third double-double in as many matches with 33 assists and 12 digs, while Gonyo once again led MU with 12 kills and three blocks.
In the back row, the Golden Eagles were paced by freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski's 14 digs.
Senior Alix Klineman led the Cardinal (5-0) with 24 kills and three blocks.
MU hung with the Cardinal early in the first set until a five-point Stanford run built SU's lead to 20-11. A service error by the Cardinal broke their point streak but MU was unable to catch back up before falling 25-16. Stanford's Alix Klineman recorded nine kills in the first set and the Cardinal hit .387 in the frame. The Golden Eagles were held to a .171 attack percentage.
The Golden Eagles knotted the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission after a dominant 25-17 second set win. Gonyo, who had four kills in the frame, helped the Golden Eagles to a .257 attack percentage, while Stanford hit .075. In the second set, MU shot out to an 8-3 lead and did not look back, forcing Cardinal timeouts at 12-7 and 16-9. Marquette lost a long rally to give Stanford a point at 19-14 but Marquette was able to regain its composure and close out the set.
MU fell behind 14-8 out of the break, but the Golden Eagles stormed back to cut the deficit to one at 18-17 on one of Gonyo's five kills in the set. The Cardinal claimed seven of the final eight points in the third to hold off Marquette 25-18.
The Golden Eagles got off to a bit of a rough start In the fourth set, falling behind 10-3 before a Shymansky timeout. Stanford remained in control until another MU timeout at 19-9 and closed out the match with a 25-14 victory.
Marquette falls to 0-4 all time against members of the Pac-10 Conference. The Golden Eagles are now 0-2 against both the Cardinal and Oregon State.
The Cardinal entered the game ranked No. 3 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll and is the highest-ranked team MU has ever faced.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday against St. Mary's (Calif.) in Moraga, Calif. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT