Volleyball Survives Central Arkansas in Five Sets

Julie Jeziorowski led the MU backline with 23 digs (photo credit: Linwood Ferguson).

Sept. 14, 2013

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Junior Lindsey Gosh's 17 kills and five service aces led the Marquette University women's volleyball team to a 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11) come-from-behind victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday afternoon in the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport Volleyball Classic.

"It was a great win for us," Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. "It wasn't about a comeback or getting refocused. We came out with great energy and played great volleyball and Central Arkansas made us do it. When we were scouting them earlier this weekend you could see why they were winning so much and what their team identity was. They are really good and we were fortunate to be just a little bit better them today. You look at the stat sheet and it looks like we did everything better except for the serving and passing part, so we have a lot to work on there to become stronger on first contact." 

In addition to Gosh's season-high kill total, the Golden Eagles (4-3) received 15 kills from freshman Autumn Bailey. Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein led MU to an attack percentage of .272 with 53 assists.

"I was really proud of Lindsey Gosh and I think she anchored us as a right-side attacker and even serving," Shymansky said. "She was our best server in getting them out of system and getting aces for us. Julie Jeziorowski anchored our back row, providing dig after dig and a gutty, gritty performance. We need that because that is exactly what they were doing and we had to match it."

Marquette was also able to outblock UCA, 18-3, led by a career-high eight blocks from Gosh.

The Sugar Bears (7-3) were paced by 13 kills from Jessica Nagy and Heather Schnars, while Paige Gantar (12) and Scout Brooks (10) also reached double digits.

The match was a tight one, featuring 26 leads and 11 lead changes, and could have gone a number of directions throughout. But it was the Golden Eagles pulled out the victory after trailing two sets to one.

Marquette used a 10-4 run to pull out the opening set 25-23 after trailing 19-14. The Golden Eagles hit .387 (17-5-31) in the first, led by Gosh who notched a frame-high four kills and zero errors on five swings. Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky used a timeout when trailing 16-13 to stem the Sugar Bears' momentum and MU was able to build an advantage, taking its first lead since early on at 23-22.

The second set was a back-and-forth affair which featured 12 ties and four lead changes before UCA pulled out a 25-23 victory to even the match. MU responded from three point deficit to take a 20-19 lead on a Bailey solo block and the Sugar Bears took back their lead at 22-21. Gosh pulled the second even at 23 with a kill and service ace before putting her ensuing serve into the net.

Gosh also tied the third set at 23-23 before UCA closed out the stanza 25-23. Both teams hit an identical .242 out of the break and Gosh led the way once again with four kills.

The Golden Eagles led throughout the fourth set on their way to a 25-20 victory. MU led by as many as six, but UCA responded to tie the set as late as 20-20 before Marquette took the final five points. 

Marquette got off to a hot start in the final set and led the Sugar Bears 8-3 at the switch on a Meghan Niemann kill. Bailey notched three of MU's first four points in the frame on kills and Gosh closed the frame 15-11 with her fifth service ace.

The Golden Eagles return to action at the Kress Events Center against Green Bay and former MU assistant coach Michaela Franklin on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The match is the home opener for the Phoenix.




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