Golden Eagles Survive USF, 3-2

Holly Mertens led MU with 17 kills while hitting .455 with six blocks.

Oct. 7, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - It took five sets, but the Marquette University women's volleyball team survived a scare Sunday afternoon from USF (25-11, 31-29, 21-25, 18-25, 15-12) at the Al McGuire Center to improve to a perfect 5-0 in BIG EAST Conference play.

Marquette (14-3) was led by 17 kills from reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Holly Mertens, while three other Golden Eagles also reached double digit kills. Senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson notched 16 kills and six blocks as MU combined for 14 blocks on the afternoon.

The Golden Eagles survived 21 service errors to come away with the victory, due in large part to their efficient hitting mark of .376 (70-11-157).

It was the second-straight five-set loss for the Bulls (10-9, 2-4 BIG EAST), who fell 3-2 at Syracuse on Friday afternoon. Kayla Walton led USF with 16 kills, topping four Bulls in double digits.

The Golden Eagles hit an impressive .739 (17-0-23) in the opening set to cruise to a 25-11 victory. Marquette was led by six kills in the first from outside hitter Erin Lehman, while the freshman hit .857 herself with no errors on seven attacks.

It took seven set-points in the second set, but Marquette responded from an early five point deficit to claim a 31-29 victory. The Golden Eagles used a 5-0 run while trailing 23-19 to set up their first set point, 24-23 on a Lehman kill, and ended the frame with service and attack errors by USF.

Gosh led MU with seven second set kills, while the Golden Eagles hit a combined .314 (18-2-51).

Aided by six Marquette service errors, USF took the third set 25-21, although being outhit .310 to .222 in the frame. The Bulls led by as many as seven points in the third and never allowed the Golden Eagles to pull within three before cutting MU's match lead to 2-1.

The Bulls took the fourth set 25-18 after hitting .433 (15-2-30) in the stanza. The set was tight early as the frame was tied at points 1-6 before USF won the frame running away.

Marquette was able to seal the match with a 15-12 final set win while hitting .562 (10-1-16). The Bulls responded from a four-point deficit, 13-9, to pull the frame within one, 13-12, but were unable to get any closer.

The Golden Eagles return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they welcome Western Michigan to the Al McGuire Center for a midweek non-conference clash.




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