Golden Eagles Fall to Northwestern, 3-1
Sept. 18, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped a close 3-1 (21-25, 28-26, 25-13, 27-25) decision to Northwestern Saturday evening in the finale of the Wildcat Classic at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Marquette falls to 7-5 overall as it enters BIG EAST Conference play Friday at USF, while the Wildcats improve to 10-1 after having won each of the last two tournaments in which they have participated.
The Golden Eagles were led by a season-high 23 kills from junior outside hitter Ashley Beyer. Senior Rabbecka Gonyo and junior Ciara Jones also added 15 and 13 kills, respectively. For their efforts over the weekend, both Beyer and Gonyo were named to the all-tournament team.
Marquette fell behind 11-6 early in the first set but came back to take the opening frame 25-21. The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the set at 17-16 on a Gonyo block and would build a 22-19 lead. Beyer led MU in the first with seven kills, while Gonyo added five as MU hit .317 as a team.
Marquette sat at set point three times in the second set, but was unable to capitalize after leading 24-22, 24-23 and 25-24. Two Ciara Jones kills put MU at set point and it looked as though a third gave the Golden Eagles a 26-25 advantage. After the referees ruled that Jones had landed under the net, Northwestern tied up the match 1-1 heading into the intermission with a 28-26 set victory.
The Golden Eagles hit .400 (21-5-40) in the second set, while the Wildcats hit .450 (20-2-40). Beyer added another seven kills for Marquette in the second frame, upping her two-set total to 14.
Northwestern took control early in the third set, cruising rather easily to a 25-13 win. Marquette recorded an attack percentage of .000, countering eight kills with eight attack errors.
Marquette once again sat at set point in the fourth set but was unable to take advantage of the opportunity. A Beyer kill put MU ahead 24-23 after the Golden Eagles fought back from a 22-19 deficit, but a Catherine Mayer service error gave NU the serve and the Wildcats closed out the frame 27-25.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday at USF at 6 p.m. central time before traveling to Washington D.C. for a Sunday noon CT tilt.