Marquette Takes Down Milwaukee, 3-1
Sept. 15, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team picked up a 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-10) victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center in the finale of the Marquette Invitational.
The Golden Eagles (9-3) were led by 16 kills from sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh and 14 from senior right-side hitter Holly Mertens. Mertens, who notched nine of her kills in the second set, hit .632 in the match.
The Panthers (5-8), who lost starting setter Kayla Price and middle hitter Rachel Neuberger to injury during the match, were led by 22 kills from sophomore outside hitter Julie Kolinske, an all-tournament selection.
After taking a 6-1 lead to open the match, Marquette faltered down the stretch of the first frame, ultimately losing 25-22. Kolinske shined for UWM in the opening frame as the Big Bend, Wis., native notched 10 kills while helping the Panthers to their first set victory over MU since 2009.
UWM was unable to muster much offensively in the fourth set without the services of two starters and fell 25-10.
Marquette begins its eighth season of competition in the BIG EAST Conference when it hosts Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Al McGuire Center. Syracuse, which defeated No. 18 Iowa State on Sept. 8, is led by former Louisville head coach Leonid Yelin.
Marquette Invitational Champion: Pacific (3-0)