Mertens Leads Marquette Past DePaul 3-0
Sept. 30, 2012
CHICAGO - Holly Mertens continued her dominant play with 13 kills for the Marquette University women's volleyball team as the Golden Eagles swept DePaul Sunday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.
Mertens, who hit .667 with a lone hitting error, was one of three players with double digit kills for the Golden Eagles (12-3, 3-0 BIG EAST). Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh added 11 kills, while senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson picked up 10 kills on the afternoon.
Junior libero Julie Jeziorowski, playing in her home state of Illinois, paced a strong back row with 13 digs while setter Elizabeth Koberstein picked up her third double-double of the campaign with 36 assists and 10 digs.
The Blue Demons (6-11, 1-3 BIG EAST) were led by 12 kills from outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova and hit .220 as a team.
Marquette used an 11-3 run in the opening set, which included three kills each from Mertens and Gosh, to take the frame 25-19. DePaul led 9-8 before MU ripped off 11 of the next 14 points and six straight to take a 19-12 lead.
The Golden Eagles hit .344 (14-2-32) as a team and were led by Mertens' five kills on seven error-free swings.
Mertens added another five kills on seven attacks in the second set, pacing Marquette to a 25-20 victory as the squad hit .359. The Golden Eagles closed the second on an 8-2 run with Carlson providing three kills in that stretch.
Trailing 20-16 late in the third set, Marquette was able to rattle off nine of the next 12 points for a 25-23 victory. The Golden Eagles took a 23-21 lead before the Blue Demons knotted the frame at 23. A Koberstein kill past the outstretched arms of DePaul's back row put MU at set point before Gosh closed out the match with her second service ace.
Marquette returns to action on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. against Pittsburgh at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles also host USF on Sunday at 2 p.m.