Marquette Topples No. 23 Michigan, 3-1
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team knocked off No. 23 Michigan, 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19), Friday evening in its second match of the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles, winners of five-straight matches, improve to 6-1 on the season while handing the Wolverines (8-1) their first loss of the year.
Sophomore Lindsey Gosh led the way for MU with 14 kills on 53 total swings at outside hitter, while three other Golden Eagles reached double digits. Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein dished out a season-high 50 assists and libero Julie Jeziorowski added 23 digs.
Michigan was led by 17 kills from junior Lexi Erwin along with 10 kills each from Jennifer Cross and Madison's Molly Toon.
No. 23 Michigan is the highest ranked opponent MU has ever defeated, topping last year's NCAA tournament victory over No. 24 Western Kentucky.
The win is also the first for the Golden Eagles over a ranked opponent at the Al McGuire Center. Friday was the 84th anniversary of the legendary MU men's basketball coach's birthday.
MU played the first set with an aggressive and consistent offensive attack, feeding off the energy of a completely packed Marquette student section. The Golden Eagles hit .375 in the opening stanza and managed to put the Wolverines into a 16-10 deficit halfway through the set. Michigan was unable to fight back and dropped the frame to the Golden Eagles, 25-17.
The Golden Eagles came back from a pair of six-point deficits in the second set to take an all-important 2-0 lead into the intermission with a 25-23 set victory. Marquette reeled off the final five points of the frame after trailing 23-20 and concluded the set with back-to-back kills from Gosh.
After dropping the third set, Marquette came out with a renewed intensity in the fourth and staked claim to a 25-19 victory. Gosh picked up five of her 14 kills in the the fourth set, leading the Golden Eagles to the match victory.
Marquette improves to 1-4 all-time against the Wolverines and will host Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Saturday in the second day of competition of the three-day tournament. Live statistics and video coverage will be available on GoMarquette.com
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