Marquette Sweeps Green Bay 25-19, 25-12, 25-21
Sept. 17, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team swept Green Bay 25-19, 25-12, 25-21 on Tuesday evening at the Kress Center in the home opener for new Phoenix head coach and former MU assistant Michaela Franklin.
Freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey paced the Golden Eagles (5-3) with 11 kills on 18 errorless swings, while junior Lindsey Gosh added nine kills. Senior libero Julie Jeziorowski led MU’s back row with 20 digs as Marquette hit a combined .382.
“I think we executed really well for the most part, stuck to the game plan and our passers were really focused, which helped me to run the offense," senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein said. "The hitters were really focused as well, saw the court and put the ball away and it was just a very clean match."
Gosh, the BIG EAST Conference leader in service aces, also added four aces in the contest while keeping Green Bay's passers off balance.
"Lindsey's and Autumn’s serving made a huge difference," Koberstein said. "It made the gap for us. It was tight and (Gosh and Bailey) scored a couple points and it put a lot of pressure on their side."
Sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Gunderson led the Phoenix (4-5) with 10 kills while hitting .391.
Bailey led the Golden Eagles to a 25-19 opening set victory with a frame-high eight kills. Marquette jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a Gosh kill and a pair of kills from Bailey before the Phoenix responded to go up 7-6. After tying the set at 12, Marquette would go on to take the next four points and build an advantage it would not relinquish.
MU’s middle hitters took control early in the second stanza as the Golden Eagles cruised to a 25-12 win behind four kills from redshirt freshman Meghan Niemann. Marquette hit a combined .471 (16-0-34) in the second and extended its lead as the frame advanced.
"Green Bay was doing a lot of block calling so at first they were really stacking on Lindsey so Autumn opened up," Koberstein said. "They stacked on Autumn after the first and we were able to open up Lindsey and the middles."
The Golden Eagles finished the Phoenix off with a 25-21 third set win in which they led by as many as eight points.
Franklin was an assistant coach for four seasons under Bond Shymansky at Marquette (2009-12) and was the first assistant he hired when he took the job in late 2008.
Marquette improves to 29-9 all-time against Green Bay and has won 14-straight matches against the Phoenix.
The match will be shown on a tape-delay basis on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
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The Golden Eagles return home to host No. 4 Florida and Milwaukee in the Marquette Invitational on Sept. 20-22 at the Al McGuire Center.