Volleyball Fights Back for 3-2 Win at UCF

Sept. 20, 2014

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Golden Eagles needed five sets again on Saturday afternoon, but the Marquette University women's volleyball team fought its way back from a 2-0 deficit to top UCF, 3-2, at The Venue in Orlando.

After dropping the first two sets 25-19 and 25-21, MU claimed the final three sets by a combined six points (25-23, 25-23, 15-13) to complete its comeback.

The Golden Eagles scored 13 of their 15 points in the final set on kills and notched the final four points of the match after digging their way out of 13-11 hole.

Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey posted a team-high 19 kills for Marquette (8-3), while Nele Barber (12 kills), Meghan Niemann (11 kills) and Lindsey Gosh (10 kills) each reached double digits. Bailey posted 12 digs for her second-straight double-double to go along with six aces, while Niemann hit .500 and Gosh .308 with four blocks.

Freshman Gabby Benda notched a career-high 46 assists in the win as MU switched in and out of its usual 6-2 offense.

The Knights (7-4) were led by a match-high 21 kills from Jale Hervey and 19 kills, 12 digs, four blocks and .349 hitting from Kia Bright.

Marquette never led in the first set after Bailey opened the match with a kill and fell 25-19 on a service error by Benda, MU's third of the frame. Bailey led MU with four kills in the first, while Bright posted a set-high six kills to lead the Knights.

The Golden Eagles hit a bit better in the second set at .211, but fell 25-21 after losing a four-point lead midway through the frame. MU led 13-9 on a Bailey kill and 17-14 on a kill from Gosh before the Knights mounted their comeback. UCF took seven points in a row for a 22-18 lead and held on for the victory while hitting a robust .394. Hervey came alive for UCF in the second and paced the squad with seven kills.

MU led by as many as four points in the third set and held on for a 25-23 win as UCF battled back.

Trailing 21-16 in the fourth set, the Golden Eagles mounted a furious comeback with Bailey at the service line and built a 23-21 edge after an 8-0 run. Marquette would go on to take the frame 25-23 after hitting .323. Though the Knights hit .406 in the stanza with 17 kills, the serving of Bailey and the emergence of Jackie Kocken with three kills and a pair of blocks led MU to victory.  

Marquette is 2-1 in five-set matches this season and has played the distance in each of its last two contests.

The Golden Eagles return to action at noon Central time on Sunday against Jacksonville in a match played at Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Florida. Admission to the match is free and live statistics will be available through Gametracker on GoMarquette.com.





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