Golden Eagles Sweep Georgetown, 3-0, Before Record Crowd
Oct. 16, 2009
MILWAUKEE - Before a record crowd of 4,000 fans, the Marquette University women's volleyball squad swept Georgetown, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 27-25), for its third BIG EAST Conference victory.
The Golden Eagles (13-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) were led by sophomore Ciara Jones, who tallied 14 kills, and junior Ashley Beyer who added 10 kills and recorded a .346 hitting percentage. Junior Alexandra Coello appeared in the starting lineup for the first time in her career as a defensive specialist and senior Hailey Viola returned as the libero for the first time since Aug. 29 against Iowa.
The Golden Eagles gained an early lead on the Hoyas early in the first set, making a 5-1 run to begin the match after a kill from Jones. The Golden Eagles never trailed throughout the entire first frame and the team recorded a .433 hitting percentage. Georgetown got within its closest at 15-14 after a Marquette error. The Golden Eagles claimed the first set after a Hoya attack error closed the set, 25-20.
The Golden Eagles struggled to take a lead of any kind and trailed for the start of the second frame. Marquette got within one after freshman Danielle Carlson recorded one of her four kills on the night and paired up with Beyer on the next possession for a block to tie the score at 14-14.
A kill from setter Nikki Klingsporn put the Golden Eagles ahead for the first time with the score 18-17, but the Hoyas battled back and pushed Marquette behind by two.
After trailing 22-20, the freshmen duo of Kelsey Mattai and Carlson registered a block to give Marquette a lead they would not surrender at 23-22. A Beyer kill and service ace from freshman Kelsey Warner propelled Marquette to a 25-22 victory.
After taking the first two points of the third stanza, the Golden Eagles had difficulty gaining on the Hoyas, recording their only other lead during the final three points of the set. Marquette trailed by as many as seven 20-13. From there, MU went on an 8-2 run and got within a one-point after a Jones kill.
With the score tied at 23, a Georgetown kill put the visitors within one point of a match victory. In the final three points of the match, both teams battled to tie the game twice, but a kill from junior Rebeccka Gonyo ended the set and match, giving the Golden Eagles a come-from-behind 27-25 victory.
The record crowd, helped by Marquette Madness following the match, bested the previous Al McGuire Center record of 1,076 set Sept. 24, 2006 against BIG EAST-rival Louisville.
Marquette returns to action Sunday at the Al McGuire Center when it faces USF at 2 p.m.