Marquette Volleyball Comes From Behind to Defeat Temple, 3-2.

Sept. 12, 2008

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette women's volleyball team edged Temple in five sets on Friday night in opening round action of the Marquette Challenge, 3-2 (25-14, 18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-10). Down two games-to-one, and 7-0 in the fourth set, Marquette staged a dramatic rally to force a fifth game.

Senior Ashlee Fisher paced the Golden Eagles with 19 kills, while Rabbecka Gonyo, Leslie Bielski, and Katie Vancura each recorded double-digit kills. Gonyo's 14 kills came on 24 attacks with only two errors, allowing her to lead the way for Marquette with a .500 attack percentage. Junior Caryn Mastandrea tied a career-high with 50 assists, while also notching 16 digs for the MU defense.

"We were up and down in today's match," said head coach Pati Rolf. "What this match came down to was discipline and consistency, which comes with maturity. Our kids really showed that this evening."

Marquette jumped to an early 7-4 lead in the first set and would never trail the rest of the way. After Temple tied the set at 8-8, the Golden Eagles used an 11-3 run and extended their lead to eight at 19-11. After MU lengthened their lead to ten at 24-14, Vancura sealed the 25-14 win for Marquette by hammering home her fourth kill of the set. Mastandrea chipped in 10 assists for the Golden Eagles in the first set, while Gonyo was a perfect 5-for-5 on her attacks.

"Becka opened up the middle for us, which allowed the other hitters a lot of other opportunities," said Rolf.

Sets two and three went to the Owls, 25-18 and 25-21. Temple was led by Yun Yi Zhang who posted a match-high 23 kills for Temple, while Ashley Carr also chipped in 15 kills on a .483 hitting percentage. In game two, Marquette was led by Bielski, Fisher, and Gonyo with three kills apiece while Fiisher paced the Golden Eagles in the third set with 5 kills. Mastandrea posted 12 assists in each set defeat.

Marquette appeared to be heading for the loss column when Temple jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in set four. However, a service error on the Owls put Marquette on the board and sparked a 13-6 run that tied the set at 13. Both teams traded points until Temple took a 23-21 advantage. From there, it was Fisher's show as the senior recorded four straight kills to even the game at 25-25. A block by freshman Tiarra Russell put the Golden Eagles ahead 26-25 and an attack error by Temple proved to be the game winner for Marquette.

"We were in trouble in the fourth set but we got some big points when we needed them," said Rolf. "The team showed a lot of courage late in the match."

Feeding off the momentum of the fourth set, Marquette led the entire way in set five and posted a 15-10 victory to win the match. Fisher and Vancura each notched three kills and were aided by Mastandrea's 10 assists.

The Golden Eagles will return to action tomorrow afternoon when they face in-state rival Green Bay at 12:30 p.m., before a late match against Bowling Green at 7 p.m. The match against Green Bay will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable Sports, Channel 32 on a tape-delay basis.




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