Shymansky Wins No. 250 as Marquette Tops Pitt, 3-1
Oct. 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Head coach Bond Shymansky picked up his 250th career victory Friday evening as the Marquette University women's volleyball team topped Pittsburgh 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 25-13) at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (13-3, 4-0 BIG EAST Conference) were led by a career night from senior Kelsey Mattai as the middle hitter notched a career-high 12 kills while hitting .857 with five blocks. Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Holly Mertens led MU with 13 kills and Erin Lehman and Danielle Carlson each added 12.
Junior outside hitter Monica Wignot paced the Panthers (10-9, 1-4 BIG EAST) with a match-high 15 kills.
The victory brings Shymansky's overall record to 250-99, including a mark of 78-35 in his tenure with MU.
Marquette pulled out a 25-22 first set victory while hitting .297 as a team. The Golden Eagles led a tight opening set by as many as five points at 20-15 before the Panthers pulled the frame to within a point, 22-21. A Panther service error from Delaney Clesen and an ace from Marquette setter Elizabeth Koberstein closed out the scoring in the first to end the frame in Marquette's favor.
Mertens led the Golden Eagles to begin the match with four kills in the first.
The Golden Eagles used three set-points in the second set before pulling out a 27-25 win on consecutive kills from Carlson and Lehman. Marquette trailed 19-15 in the second but responded to even the frame at 19 behind three straight Pitt attack errors and a kill from Mattai.
A sluggish start plagued the Golden Eagles in the third set as they fell behind 10-4 following a 7-0 Pittsburgh run and ultimately fell 25-23. MU began the stanza hitting -.067 (1-2-15) before using its first timeout.
Prior to the Panthers third set victory, the Golden Eagles had claimed the previous 11 sets against Pitt.
After dropping the third set, the fourth was never in doubt for the Golden Eagles as MU cruised to a 25-13 victory while hitting .483 as a team (17-3-29).
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday at 2 p.m. against USF (10-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) at the Al McGuire Center. Sunday's match is 2-for-1 admission for all fans with a church bulletin, as well as MU's third camper reunion and post-match clinic of the season.
GoMarquette.com will feature live statistics as well as a live streaming video broadcast of Sunday's match with 620WTMJ's Armen Saryan and former Marquette AVCA All-American Ciara Jones on the call.
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