Marquette Claims Another Five Set Win vs. Seton Hall
Oct. 13, 2012
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team went the full five sets against Seton Hall for the sixth time in their last seven meetings before pulling out a 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11) victory Saturday afternoon at Walsh Gym in South Orange, N.J.
The Golden Eagles (16-3), the BIG EAST Conference's lone remaining unbeaten at a perfect 6-0, were paced on the afternoon by a career-high 19 kills from sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh as the Oconomowoc, Wis., native also posted 11 digs and five blocks. Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens picked up 13 kills for MU, as did freshman Erin Lehman.
Senior Hannah Hugeback led Seton Hall (15-5, 3-4 BIG EAST) with 17 kills, while Simona Sekulova landed 15 of her 31 swings. The Pirates’ Alyssa Warren picked up a match-high 27 digs for the home team.
Seton Hall took the opening set 25-20 while hitting an impressive .467 as a squad. The Pirates knotted the opening set at 10 before taking an 11-10 advantage and would not look back, leading by as many as five points down the stretch.
MU, which hit .400 (14-4-25) in the opening set loss, held its last lead in the first at 10-9 on a Holly Mertens kill.
The Golden Eagles were able to even the match at one following a 25-16 second set victory in which Gosh led the way with seven kills and a service ace, while hitting .500 (7-0-14). Seton Hall called timeouts with MU leading 12-7 and 21-16 in an attempt to ebb Marquette’s momentum, but the Golden Eagles prevailed on Gosh’s 10th kill of the contest.
Marquette never trailed in the third set on its way to a 25-22 victory. The Golden Eagles allowed the Pirates to knot the frame at 20 after leading by as many as five points before taking a 2-1 match advantage.
Seton Hall led by as many as six in the fourth set, ultimately extending the match to a fifth set on the strength of a 25-23 victory. The Pirates led 24-19 prior to four-straight MU points, but were able to close the frame on a kill from Shelbey Manthorpe.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the fifth set and led throughout on their way to a 15-11 victory. The Pirates pulled the frame to within a point, 12-11, on a Stacey Manthorpe kill before MU closed with the final three tallies.
Koberstein picked up her only two kills of the match to give the Golden Eagles 9-5 and 10-6 leads in the fifth set.
Six of the previous seven meetings between the Golden Eagles and Pirates have gone five sets, with the lone exception being MU's 3-0 sweep of SHU in last year's BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal on Nov. 18, 2011.
Marquette improves to 3-2 in five-set contests this season.
The Golden Eagles return to action at 1 p.m. Central time Sunday against Rutgers at the College Ave. Gym in Piscataway, N.J.
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