Volleyball Recovers For 3-1 Win at Syracuse
Oct. 15, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team recovered from a first set loss to remain undefeated in BIG EAST Conference play with a 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-14 victory over Syracuse Saturday afternoon at the Women's Building in Syracuse, N.Y.
Senior outside hitter Ciara Jones led the Golden Eagles (16-5, 6-0 BIG EAST) with 17 kills on 35 swings to hit .314, while junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson hit .467 with 16 kills and only two errors. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier, the reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, notched 57 assists and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season.
The Orange (13-8, 3-3 BIG EAST) was led by 16 kills from outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre, while libero Ashley Williams had 15 digs.
Marquette stepped on the accelerator after hitting a miniscule .022 in the opening set to take the match while hitting .369 the rest of the way.
The Orange recorded six blocks in the opening frame, led by three from junior middle hitter Samantha Hinz, who also had three kills.
Courtney Mrotek landed a kill to give MU its biggest lead of the second set at 22-19 and force Syracuse into its final timeout of the frame. The Orange responded to knot the set at 23-23 before the Golden Eagles closed it out 25-23. Mrotek led MU with five kills in the second set and hit .571 in that frame as MU hit .314 as a team
The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the match at 5-4 in the second set on an attack error by Syracuse outside hitter Andrea Fisher.
Marquette used two points, the last coming on a Jones kill, to take a 21-19 lead in the third set and force Syracuse into a timeout. The Orange was able to build a 23-22 lead out of that break as MU used a timeout to right itself before closing out the third 25-23.
Sophomore middle hitter Carol Henney responded out of Marquette's timeout with a kill before a kill from Jones put MU at match point 24-23.
Marquette cruised to a 25-14 fourth set victory while hitting a robust .484 with 15 kills and zero errors on 31 attacks.
The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday, Oct. 18 for a non-league contest against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., at 6 p.m. Central time.