No. 8 Florida State Tops Marquette in Five Sets
Sept. 6, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team suffered a tough five-set loss at the hands of No. 8 Florida State at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. The sets went in order, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-27, 15-13, with the Seminoles claiming the second, third and fifth sets for the win.
“I thought we played with some balance and we did some really good things,” Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. “It was neat to see us in a five-game fight when both teams are making changes on the fly. I really liked the way they did that and I was impressed with our group, how they competed and made adjustments. We did things in this match which we had never done. We had substitutions to have kids step into roles which they had never done and they did well in a lot of them. I was really pleased with how they fought, competed and executed. It was just a matter of too many mistakes early in the fifth set”
Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey led Marquette with 17 kills, while Nele Barber (11 kills), Courtney Kintzel (11) and Lindsey Gosh (10) each reached double digit kills. The Golden Eagles (3-2) hit .234 in the loss, though Barber (.476) and Kintzel (.318) each hit above .300 on the afternoon.
The Seminoles (4-0) were paced by 24 kills from Nicole Walch, while Sarah Burrington posted 16 kills and three blocks while hitting .682. FSU hit a combined .305 on the afternoon.
Marquette broke free from a 10-10 tie in the opening set and pulled away for a 25-21 win while hitting a combined .400 (14-2-30) as a team. Bailey led MU with five kills, while Barber and Kintzel each added three.
The Golden Eagles led by as many as six points in the frame, 22-16, on Bailey’s fifth kill and Kintzel’s third closed out the stanza.
The Seminoles responded out of the gate in the second and hit .382 on their way to a 25-19 victory. Walch led FSU with seven kills on nine swings in the second, while Bailey paced MU with another five. The Golden Eagles fought back from an eight-point deficit but were unable to overcome a late 20-12 FSU lead in the loss.
Florida State took the first 10 points after the intermission as Theis was forced to take his final timeout while trailing 9-0. Lindsey Gosh put the Golden Eagles on the board for the first time at 10-1 with a kill, but it was too late as MU hit just .033 (8-7-30) in the frame. FSU notched a hitting percentage of .400 (17-5-30) in the third and was led by four kills apiece from Walch and Katie Horton.
The Golden Eagles withstood a late 9-1 run by the Seminoles in the fourth set and eventually extended the match to a fifth frame with a 27-25 victory. MU led by as many as eight points, 23-15, before FSU mounted its comeback with five points in a row as Theis used both his timeouts. Barber led MU with five kills in the fourth.
FSU jumped out to an 8-2 lead at the switch in the fifth frame and held off the Golden Eagles for a 15-13 victory while hitting .364.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Sept. 12 when they return home to host the Marquette Invitational on Friday and Saturday. James Madison, Rice, Green Bay and UT-San Antonio will all make the trek to Milwaukee for the tournament.
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