Golden Eagles Drop 3-2 Heartbreaker to St. Mary's

Sept. 5, 2010

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MORAGA, Calif. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped a heart-breaking five-set match Sunday afternoon to St. Mary's (Calif.), 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12). The Golden Eagles fall to 3-3 on the season and will return home Friday, Sept. 10 when they host Creighton in the Marquette Invitational.

"We are disappointed with the outcome of today's match, but we didn't do enough as a staff to prepare our team to focus to play three straight days," head coach Bond Shymansky said. "Our passing and serving cost us the match and there were numerous opportunities that we didn't take advantage of. I really liked our grit throughout the end of the match as we swung hard to win points. In the end, St. Mary's did a better job of controlling the ball and making fewer errors than we did. We look forward to coming home and can't wait to play in front of an energetic Al McGuire Center crowd. "

Marquette was led by sophomore Ashley Beyer's 17 kills, 58 assists from senior Nikki Klingsporn and 24 digs from freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski.

Klingsporn recorded her fourth double-double in as many matches with 11 digs in addition to 58 assists. Beyer also notched double-digit digs with 10.

The Golden Eagles controlled the first set early on, leading by as many as six until a Kelsey Warner service error started a 9-1 run by the Gaels to end the set 25-22.

Marquette regained its composure to claim a 25-19 second set victory. With the Golden Eagles trailing 12-10, a block and a pair of kills from sophomore Carol Henney put the Golden Eagles back on top to stay at 14-13. MU took five of the last six points in the set to knot the match at 1-1 heading into the break.



The Golden Eagles started slow in the third, falling behind 13-7 before Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky used his first timeout of the frame. Shymansky would also call a timeout with MU trailing 18-12, but Marquette would come no closer than three points before falling 25-21.

After fighting back from a two sets-to-one deficit, MU controlled most of the fourth set until a late St. Mary's rally knotted the score at 24-24 before MU closed out the frame on a block from Rabbecka Gonyo and Ciara Jones.

Marquette pulled ahead early in the fifth set to a 5-4 lead, but was unable to hold on before losing 15-12.


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