Golden Eagles Down Villanova 3-1 to Notch First BIG EAST Victory
Oct. 1, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team earned its first BIG EAST Conference victory of the season Friday evening by knocking off Villanova, 3-1, at the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse 14-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21.
The win also marked the first true road victory of the season for Marquette, who was previously 0-6 against opponents on their home courts. It also snapped a 12-match winning streak for the Wildcats, who recorded their first loss since falling 3-0 at Delaware on Aug. 31.
The Golden Eagles (8-7, 1-2 BIG EAST) were led by 17 kills from junior Ashley Beyer, who suited up for her first match since Sept. 18 at Northwestern. Senior middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo and sophomore right-side hitter Danielle Carlson each notched 13 kills for Marquette, which combined to hit .319 in the match (58 kills, 13 errors, 141 total attacks).
The Wildcats (13-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) were paced by 15 kills from Maggie Mergen.
After dropping the first set of the match, Marquette responded to take the next three frames, including a pivotal third set after the frame was tied at 23-23.
Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky used his first timeout of the match with Villanova leading 13-6 in the first set and took his second at 18-8. The Golden Eagles' second timeout came in the midst of a 6-0 run by the Wildcats that put them ahead 21-8. VU closed out the frame 25-14 after hitting .517 (15-0-29) in the opening stanza, while MU managed to hit a meager .182 (11-5-33).
The Golden Eagles shot out to a 4-1 lead in the second set and would never trail on their way to a 25-21 victory. Villanova evened the set five times, with the last tie score coming at 21-21. MU closed out the set with kills from Gonyo, Nikki Klingsporn, Ciara Jones and a service ace by Julie Jeziorowski.
Marquette hit .350 (17-3-40) in the second with 10 of its 17 kills coming from Beyer (five) and Danielle Carlson (five).
Beyer closed out the third set 25-23 with one of her five kills in the frame after the Golden Eagles combined to hit .387 (13-1-31). Klingsporn set up Beyer for the final kill off a pass from Jones who notched her only dig of the match on the play. Jones put the final point on her shoulders, making her first service attempt of the match and then stepped in front of Kelsey Warner for the dig.
Marquette jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth and final set and never trailed, defeating the Wildcats 25-21.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday at The Palestra against the University of Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.