Golden Eagles Sweep Syracuse 25-15, 25-22, 25-16 For Fourth BIG EAST Victory
Oct. 16, 2010
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team swept Syracuse 25-15, 25-22, 25-16 in straight sets Saturday afternoon at the Women's Building to pick up its fourth BIG EAST Conference victory of the season.
"It was a brilliant, concerted team effort this afternoon," head coach Bond Shymansky said. "It was great to watch the team click on all cylinders on the road against a team like Syracuse. We are starting to separate ourselves in the top pack of the BIG EAST and a conference championship is still within our reach. We have some great opportunities that will show themselves as we continue to play on the road and back at home."
The Golden Eagles (13-7, 4-2 BIG EAST) hit .471 as a team with 49 kills and nine errors on 85 total attacks and were led by 16 kills from junior outside hitter Ciara Jones. Ashley Beyer notched 12 kills and seven digs in the contest, while senior setter Nikki Klingsporn totaled 46 assists for an average of 15.33 per set.
Junior outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre led the Orange (20-3, 3-3 BIG EAST) with 10 kills in the match.
The Golden Eagles hit over .450 in each set and captured their largest margin of victory in the opening frame with a 25-15 win. A kill by Syracuse's Hayley Todd, sister of former Marquette All-American Kim Todd, gave the Orange its last lead of the opening frame at 2-1 before MU pulled away. The Golden Eagles held their largest lead of the stanza at 24-11 on a Julie Jeziorowski service ace. Beyer and Jones each notched four kills in the first set.
Jones led the way for the Golden Eagles in the second set with eight of her 16 kills, as MU hit a match-high .485 (20-4-33). The Orange were also on target in the second, hitting .353 (14-2-34) as a team.
Only one attack error tarnished the ledger for Marquette in the third set as it took the match with a 25-16 victory. MU hit .458 in the final frame with 12 kills and one error on 24 total attacks.
The match was part of SU's Orange Central weekend and the newly refurbished Paarlberg, Patton, Prins Player's Court was dedicated in a ceremony between sets two and three.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Oct. 23 at DePaul at 1 p.m. before making the journey around the southern end of Lake Michigan to face Notre Dame on Sunday.