Golden Eagles Sweep Western Michigan, 3-0
Oct. 9, 2012
MILWAUKEE – Behind a combined 34 kills and .596 hitting percentage from seniors Danielle Carlson, Kelsey Mattai and Holly Mertens, the Marquette University women's volleyball team improved to 15-3 with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 sweep of Western Michigan Tuesday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette (15-3) was led by 14 kills from Carlson on 22 error-free swings (.636), while junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein recorded 42 assists as MU hit .392 (47-9-97) in the contest. Mattai, who earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday afternoon hit .643 (10-1-14) with five blocks.
The Broncos (11-8) were paced by 10 kills from sophomore outside hitter Carlee Berland.
The Golden Eagles were able to contain Western Michigan’s Jessica Brown to the tune of an attack percentage of .130 after the senior middle hitter notched 11 kills and seven blocks against them in 2011.
Marquette took the opening set 25-23 behind an offense that hit .452 (17-3-31) with 15 assists from Koberstein. The Broncos led as late as 23-22 in the first before a Kelsey Mattai kill and consecutive WMU attack errors gave Marquette the set.
Mertens led MU in the first with five kills on six attacks (.833), while Mattai continued her hot play with four kills on five swings (.800).
Not wanting a repeat of last year’s match against the Broncos in which Marquette claimed the first set 25-23 before losing the match in four, MU pulled away in the middle of the second set on its way to a 25-21 victory.
Carlson paced the Golden Eagles with five kills in the second, while Richelle Ranney landed four for the Broncos.
MU jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set and held on for a 25-19 set victory and their eighth straight match win.
Marquette returns to action when it heads to New Jersey to face Seton Hall and Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, respectively. The Golden Eagles defeated the two New Jersey schools in back-to-back matches during last year's regular season after falling behind 2-0 in each match at the Al McGuire Center.