Volleyball Tops TCU, 3-1, in Marquette Challenge Finale
Sept. 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Autumn Bailey and Lindsey Gosh led the way with a combined 35 kills as the Marquette University women's volleyball team topped TCU, 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-16), in the finale of the Marquette Challenge Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
Bailey returned to form after a sluggish performance on Friday night against No. 3 USC and answered the bell with a match-high 20 kills. The freshman also recorded 16 digs, three service aces and hit .378. Gosh, who did not play against the Trojans, hit an impressive .464 with 15 kills and two errors on 28 swings.
The Golden Eagles (2-2) were paced by senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein, who led the MU offense to an attack percentage of .309 with 55 assists. Libero Julie Jeziorowski held togehter MU's back row with 26 digs.
Senior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan led the Horned Frogs (3-3) with 11 kills, while Ashley Smith added 10.
TCU took the first set 25-23 after breaking free from a 21-21 tie late in the frame. Marquette had led 19-18 following a Nele Barber kill, but was unable to sustain any momentum while posting four service errors and a pair of blocking errors in the stanza.
The Golden Eagles opened up an early 9-4 lead in the second set and held the advantage while cruising to a 25-20 victory. Bailey led MU in the second with four kills on nine error-less swings.
Marquette used a 12-3 run to close out the third frame 25-15. Jeziorowski contributed consecutive service aces during that stretch, while Bailey and Lehman led the way in the set with five kills apiece. The Golden Eagles also started to heat up offensively, hitting a combined .412 (17-3-34).
TCU used its first timeout of the fourth after MU took the first six points of the stanza, but was unable to gain any ground on the Golden Eagles as they closed out the frame 25-16. Bailey led all hitters with eight kills in the final set.
USC claimed the tournament title on Friday evening with a 3-1 victory over TCU and a sweep of Marquette.
The Golden Eagles head to Fort Myers, Fla., for the 2013 Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport Volleyball Invitational on Sept. 13-14 where they will face tournament-host Florida Gulf Coast in addition to perennial national title contender, No. 1 Penn State, and Central Arkansas.