No. 3 Penn State Tops Marquette, 3-0
Sept. 13, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team dropped its opening match of the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport Volleyball Classic to No. 3 Penn State, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18, Friday afternoon at Alico Arena.
"I am really proud of the ladies’ fight today," Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. "What a difference a week makes (from last Friday's match against USC). You could tell we were more prepared to take some big body blows from Penn State and still get back up and swing back. I thought our passing was really spectacular the whole way through. We set a really good game but they just out-executed us in the transition game. It was a good lesson for us that it’s the next step we need to take forward as a program is to be sharper in transition. It’s a great indication for me that we are making big strides."
The match marked the first meeting between the two programs and the second-straight weekend that the Golden Eagles (2-3) have faced the nation’s No. 3 team. Marquette was swept by then-No. 3 Southern California at the Al McGuire Center on Friday, Sept. 6.
Freshman Autumn Bailey led Marquette with 13 kills and paced MU by hitting .321 in the match. The Golden Eagles hit a combined .163 in the contest, while the Nittany Lions hit .414.
Megan Courtney and Deja McClendon each had nine kills to lead Penn State (4-1).
Penn State captured the first set 25-17 after hitting .367 (14-3-30) as a team. The Golden Eagles were able to stick with the Nittany Lions early in the frame before PSU slowly pulled away. Bailey led MU with four kills, while Gosh and Lehman each tallied three.
The Golden Eagles were unable to get much going in the second set as Penn State hit .444 and closed out the stanza 25-12. PSU sided out at a 100-percent clip in the frame.
Bailey led MU in the final set by hitting .667 with six kills and no errors on nine swings.
The Golden Eagles continue tournament action Friday evening at 6 p.m. CT against Florida Gulf Coast before wrapping competition at 2 p.m. CT Saturday against Central Arkansas.