The Golden Eagles Storm Back for a 3-1 Win Over Georgetown
Oct. 5, 2007
MILWAUKEE - After dropping game one, the Marquette volleyball team charged back to win three consecutive and earn a 3-1 (28-30, 30-15, 30-17), victory over Georgetown (4-15, 0-4).
Kim Todd led four Golden Eagles (5-8, 2-2) in double figure kills as she slammed 16 and posted a .333 hitting percentage. Ashlee Fisher netted 13 kills and both Jenn Brown and Julie Richards notched 11 kills apiece, with Richards tallying a .500 hitting percentage and earning her career-best in kills. Brown stopped eight blocks on the evening, while Todd put up seven. Setter Katie Weidner dished out 35 assists, and Terri Angst collected 19 digs. Hailey Viola and Jessica Kieser tallied 11 digs each.
"The stats show that everyone played a good overall team game," head coach Pati Rolf said. "We got our lineup figued out and everyone stepped up tonight. Richards and Fisher had a phenomonal game, our blocking was incredible. This was one of the best team showings we have had all year and it was great to see the seniors step up and provide leadership."
The Golden Eagles jumped in front to a 2-0 lead in game one, and a kill by Ashlee Fisher gave MU a 3-1 lead. The Hoyas came back to tie the score at six apiece and forced MU into a timeout with a 15-11 lead. Marquette crept back on a kill by Rabbecka Gonyo to tie the score at 16 and then went on a 5-3 run as an ace by Hailey Viola gave MU the 21-19 advantage. Following a timeout from Georgetown, the Golden Eagles continued to stay in front as Jenn Brown slammed a kill to bring the score 23-20, but the Hoyas stormed back and forced MU to use its final timeout with the score at 26-25. The teams contnued to hit point-for-point, but the Hoyas earned the chance to serve for game point at 29-27, but a kill by Julie Richards forced them to another try and after a long volley, Marquette fell, 30-28. Todd netted seven kills in the game.
The second frame began with MU taking a 4-1 lead on a kill by Brown. Weidner followed with a tipped kill of her own and MU held a 5-1 lead. With a 6-3 lead, the Golden Eagles continued on a 6-2 run as a huge kill by Todd took the score to 12-5 in MU's favor. A block by Todd and Gonyo forced the score to 13-5 and sent Georgetown into its first timeout. MU continued its trek following the break, using a 5-1 run with an ace from Todd to push the score to 18-6. The Hoyas called their final timeout as they trailed 20-9. Fisher posted a kill to keep MU ahead, 25-12, and Todd followed with another kill to keep a 26-12 lead. MU earned the chance to serve for game point at 29-15 and an error by the Hoyas secured a game two victory, 30-15. Todd notched four kills in the stanza, while Gonyo put up four blocks. As a team, the Golden Eagles posted 13 blocks, while Georgetown did not stop any balls.
A kill by Richards put MU in front, 5-3, in the third stanza and a kill by Todd pushed MU to a 6-4 advantage. The Hoyas tied the score at seven, but Richards served an ace to keep MU in an 11-7 lead. Brown slammed a kill for a 12-9 Marquette lead and the Golden Eagles continued to run off points, staying ahead, 17-14. Scoring four unanswered, the Golden Eagles forced Georgetown to call timeout, with the score 21-14 in MU's favor. Consecutive kills from Fisher capped off a 7-3 MU run as they lead 28-17, and a block from Todd and Weidner put MU in position to serve for game point and the game three victory, 30-17, was earned on another block from Todd and Weidner. Brown slammed six kills and hit for .500 in the frame.
Game four opened tightly as both teams traded point-for-point to tie the score at six. Weidner put MU in front, 9-8 as she tipped over a kill, and a triple block from Fisher, Weidner and Todd gave Marquette the 13-8 advantage. A 4-1 run by the Golden Eagles sent Georgetown to the sidelines in its first timeout. Each team came out of the break to score three points, but MU stayed in front 21-12, on a kill by Richards. The Hoyas called their final timeout after Richards slammed another kill to keep MU ahead, 23-13. A block from Fisher and Brown pulled Marquette to a 25-15 advantage and Todd smashed a kill for the 28-16 mark. A Richards block set the Golden Eagles up to serve for match point and Richards secured the victory with a kill, as Marquette won 30-17.
The Golden Eagles defense was unstoppable as they put up 19 blocks combined with the Hoyas stopping just five balls.
The Hoyas were led by Dana Dumas with 15 kills, while Caitlin Boland dished out 40 assists.
Marquette will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 7 when USF visits the Al McGuire Center at 2 p.m.