Middle Tennessee Takes Rematch 25-22, 25-19, 26-24 over Marquette
Oct. 11, 2011
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped a 25-22, 25-19, 26-24 decision to Middle Tennessee Tuesday evening at the Alumni Memorial Gym in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Golden Eagles fall to 15-5 on the season and were led by 11 kills from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, while classmate Ciara Jones had eight. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier notched 30 assists and sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski had 15 digs.
Junior outside hitter Ashley Adams led Middle Tennessee (9-9 overall) with 16 kills, while redshirt senior Alyssa Wistrick had 13 for the Blue Raiders. Adams and Wistrick led Middle Tennessee with 14 kills apiece in the previous matchup, a 3-1 Marquette win at the Al McGuire Center on Sept. 16.
The loss snaps a six-match winning streak for the Golden Eagles, who had taken 12 straight sets entering the match and had won 12 of 13 matches overall.
Middle Tennessee hit .448 with 16 kills to take the opening set 25-22. The Blue Raiders took advantage early with a 7-3 lead before a block by Beyer and junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson knotted the stanza at 15. After falling behind again, Marquette rallied to tie the frame at 21 on a kill from Jones before Middle Tennessee closed out the frame.
Beyer landed five of her eight attacks in the first to lead the Golden Eagles, while Wistrick also had five for the Blue Raiders.
Marquette trailed 2-0 heading into the intermission after allowing Middle Tennessee to hit .382 and take the second set, 25-22. Trailing 19-14 out of a timeout, Marquette ripped off four straight points to pull within one at 19-18 but could not gain any ground from there.
The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the match at 6-5 in the second set on a kill from Jones but a Jeziorowski error on the ensuing serve knotted the set at six.
Middle Tennessee grabbed its first lead of the third frame 18-17 after trailing the entire set and held on for a 26-24 victory. The Golden Eagles were able take a 24-23 advantage on a solo block by sophomore right-side hitter Courtney Mrotek before the Blue Raiders took the final three points for a 26-24 victory and a three-set sweep.
It is the first time this season the Golden Eagles have dropped a match in which they had more blocks (seven to six) than their opponent. MU entered the match a perfect 14-0 in those contests.
The Golden Eagles resume BIG EAST Conference action 1 p.m. Central time Saturday, Oct. 15 at Syracuse.
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