Marquette Cruises to Sweep of Georgetown
Oct. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team cruised to a 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 sweep of Georgetown Friday evening at McDonough Arena.
"It was a great offensive performance tonight by our group and even as strong as our offense was our serving," Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. "I just like our balance we have going right now and our rythmn is really clean. To win 3-0 on the road is really hard and it is a great sign for our team. We need that kind of momentum going into Villanova right now because they are a team that is playing really strong."
The Golden Eagles (9-4), who improve to 2-0 BIG EAST Conference play with the win, were led by 12 kills and a career-best five service aces from freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey. Bailey hit .455 (12-2-22) in the victory, while MU hit a season-high .410 as a team.
Reigning BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week Elizabeth Koberstein added 32 assists and became the seventh player in Marquette program history to reach the 2,000-assist plateau. She now has 2,016 in just under a year and a half at MU.
Junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh also added eight kills on .538 hitting and four aces.
The Hoyas (6-9, 0-2 BIG EAST) received 15 kills from Alex Johnson, while Georgetown managed to hit only .170 as a team. Junior Dani White hit just .077 in the contest with four kills.
"I thought our group did a great job of focusing on Dani White and containing her because she has been unstoppable in her career against us." Shymansky said. "Lindsey Gosh did a great job of putting pressure on them with her jump serve and keeping momentum on our side the whole way."
Bailey powered the Golden Eagles through the first set 25-14 as the Canadian landed a career-high four service aces and also tacked on three kills. Marquette hit a combined .455 in the opening frame and only needed 10 kills thanks to six service aces as well as nine errors from the Hoyas. Koberstein, the BIG EAST leader in assists per set (11.50) entering play Friday, needed only six helpers in the first to lead MU to the win.
Marquette took the second set 25-20 after allowing a 6-0 Georgetown run towards the end of the frame. Koberstein paced the Golden Eagles with 14 assists in the second as MU hit .371, led by Bailey's four kills.
MU withstood a late Georgetown surge to take the final frame 25-21.
The Golden Eagles have had a difficult time dealing with the Hoyas in each of their last two trips to McDonough Arena. The Hoyas topped MU in five sets in 2010 and took Marquette to four stress-filled frames last season, forcing the first and third stanzas to extras.
The Golden Eagles return to action tomorrow at Jake Nevin Field House against Villanova at 6 p.m. CT.
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