Volleyball Tops Illinois State in Five
Sept. 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team almost let a 2-0 lead slip away Wednesday evening at the Al McGuire Center against Illinois State before rallying from an 8-3 fifth-set deficit to take the final frame 17-15.
The Golden Eagles improve to 7-4 with the win and will open BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. against DePaul in Chicago.
Junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh led four Marquette players with double-digit kills with a team-high 16. Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein added 54 assists in the win, while Julie Jeziorowski led all MU players in the back row with 22 digs.
Redshirt freshman middle hitter Meghan Niemann and outside hitter Nele Barber each notched career highs on the evening with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Niemann also added three blocks while hitting .355 (14-3-31).
Stacey Niao's 16 kills led the Redbirds (9-4), while middle hitter LeighAnn Hranka added 15 on .300 hitting (15-3-40).
After leading two sets-to-none at the intermission, Illinois State took the third and fourth sets to set up a pivotal fifth frame at the Al McGuire Center.
The Redbirds struck early in the final set and led 8-3 following their tenth service ace of the match. The Golden Eagles responded with seven-straight points and a 10-8 lead as both teams traded shots from there with the score knotted at every point until the final tally.
Marquette needed a pair of kills from freshman Autumn Bailey to fend off set points at 14-13 and 15-14 after a pair of MU errors from the service line appeared to stall any momentum. A Niemann kill and an attack error by Niao ended a tight one in Marquette's favor.
The Golden Eagles took the first frame 25-22, though they had to fight through 13 ties and five lead changes to claim the victory. Gosh led MU with six kills on eight error-less swings and added to her team-leading ace total with three.
After capturing the second set 25-18, Illinois State took the third 25-21. MU trailed by six at one point in the third before Gosh knotted the frame at 19 with a kill and the Redbirds closed out the stanza.
Illinois State cruised to a 25-17 win in the fourth to set up a fifth set by hitting a combined .343 (15-3-35).
The sets went in order 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 17-25, 17-15.