Marquette Falls to Pacific in Five Sets
Sept. 14, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team fell to Pacific, 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9), Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center in the opening day of the Marquette Invitational.
The Golden Eagles, who were led by 13 kills from senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson, fall to 7-3 on the season with the loss. Carlson also racked up a career-high eight blocks on the evening.
The Tigers (10-1) also defeated Iowa, 3-1, Friday morning and were led against Marquette by 23 kills from outside hitter Megan Birch.
Marquette took the first set 25-23 while hitting .308, its highest percentage of any set. Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh led MU in the opening frame with six kills, including a pair to give the Golden Eagles the victory after Pacific knotted the stanza at 21.
After trailing by as many as six points early in the second, the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 19-17 lead on a Pacific attack error. From there it was all Tigers as Pacific scored eight of the final 10 points for a 25-21 second-set victory.
Marquette responded out of the break with a 25-22 third-set win while hitting .191. The fourth was just as much of a struggle for both squads as Pacific claimed the frame 25-20 while out-hitting MU just .114 to .091.
The Golden Eagles fell behind 8-3 in the fifth set and were unable to recover, as Pacific took the match with a 15-9 final-set victory.
It is the second-straight five-set loss for the Golden Eagles, who also fell to No. 25 Northern Iowa, 3-2, on Sept. 9 after holding a 2-1 match advantage.
Marquette returns to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Iowa before facing Milwaukee at 7 p.m. in the finale of the Marquette Invitational.