Marquette Falters, 3-1, in Cross-Town Match
Oct. 17, 2007
MILWAUKEE - Despite a strong effort, the Marquette volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (24-30, 30-26, 28-30, 21-30) contest to cross-town foe, UW-Milwaukee. MU falls to 8-9 overall and remains 5-2 in the BIG EAST.
Senior Kimberley Todd led three Golden Eagles in double figure kills with 23. She notched her 11th double-double on the season with 23 kills and 15 digs. Senior Katie Weidner tallied her second consecutive double-double dishing out 44 assists and collecting 11 digs. Also in double figure kills was junior Ashlee Fisher with 16 and senior Jenn Brown netting 11. Junior Terri Angst and sophomore Hailey Viola collected 17 digs apiece.
"I thought UWM did a great job," head coach Pati Rolf said. "We beat them in a few categories, but overall they kept balls in play and were a fast team. They had a balanced attack and did a great job of moving the ball around."
MU trailed 6-4 early in game one, but a kill from Fisher tied the score at eight apiece. The Golden Eagles took the lead at 9-8 following a kill from Jenn Brown. Falling behind, 11-13, Todd slammed a kill to bring MU within a point and smashed another to tie the score at 14. UWM forced the Golden Eagles to call a timeout and then continued on a 4-0 scoring run. Fisher slammed a kill to bring MU within 21-17, but the Panthers stayed strong and forced MU into its final timeout. A serving error from UWM opened the break and consecutive blocks from Rabbecka Gonyo and Tiffany Helmbrecht took the score to 25-22, to send UWM into a timeout. The Panthers came out of the break strong and served for game point at 29-23, but a kill from Todd would force them to try again. MU fell in game one, 30-24 following an error. Todd and Fisher led the Golden Eagles each posting four kills.
The second stanza saw MU jump to an early 3-1 lead, but following a long volley the Panthers came back to tie the score at four each. A kill from Brown put the Golden Eagles in front, 6-4, and a solo block from Fisher increased the lead to 9-5 and sent the Panthers to the sideline to talk things over. The break did not deter Marquette as they went on a 4-1 run to take a 13-6 lead on a Todd kill and force the Panthers into their final timeout. A tipped kill from Weidner kept MU ahead 16-8, but UWM used a 5-1 run to pull within four points at 17-13. Brown smashed back-to-back kills for a 21-14 MU advantage, and a block from Todd and Brown increased the lead to 23-16. A 5-1 run from UWM was broken up as Todd slammed a kill followed by a block from Gonyo and Helmbrecht to keep the Golden Eagles in front, 26-21. UWM crept back within three and MU called its first timeout at 28-25. A kill from Fisher followed the break and Angst served for game point at 29-25, but the Golden Eagles could not close out. MU took game two, 30-26 on a block from Helmbrecht and Brown. Todd paved the way with seven kills in the frame, while Fisher netted six.
The Golden Eagles to a 3-1 lead on back-to-back kills from Todd to open the third frame, but the Panthers were able to use an 8-4 run to push the score to 9-7 in UWM's favor. A kill from Brown tied the score at ten apiece, and MU grabbed a 12-10 lead on a tipped kill from Weidner. and a block from Todd and Gonyo pressed the lead to 14-11. Fisher smashed a kill to keep the Golden Eagles ahead 19-16, but a long volley was broken on an MU error as UWM tied the score at 20. Todd gave Marquette a 22-21 lead after firing off a kill, but the Panthers pushed back to tie again at 23. Two unanswered by the Golden Eagles sent UWM to the sidelines. The Panthers came out of the break to tie the score at 26 and took the lead at 27-26 on the next play as MU used a timeout to regroup. The Golden Eagles would use their final timeout following just one play, still trailing 28-26. Fisher came out of the break to sneak a kill, bringing Marquette within one point and followed with another kill to tie at 28. A service error from the Golden Eagles set UWM up to serve for game point, which it took on an ace for the 30-28 victory. Todd netted eight for MU.
Trailing 7-1 to open the fourth game, Todd put MU back inaction with a kill that Fisher followed to push the score to 7-3. Three unanswered for the Panthers forced MU to call its first timeout, trailing 10-3. Fisher netted a kill to break MU's scoring draught at 12-4, but the Panthers remained strong as Marquette called its final timeout, still behind 15-4. Brown smashed a kill following the break and the Golden Eagles used a 4-1 run to move the score to 16-8. An error from UWM took the score to 19-10, and a kill from Todd pushed to 20-11. Todd served consecutive aces to continue five unanswered points from Marquette and send UWM to the bench in its first timeout. The Golden Eagles were back in the game on an 8-0 run forcing UWM into its final timeout as a total team effort took the score to 21-18. The streak was broken as UWM pushed to 23-18, and took a 4-1 run to a 28-19 score. A kill from the Panthers set them to serve match point, but were held off on a kill from Brown. The Panthers won the match, 30-21, on a kill despite a strong battle from MU.
Pacing the Panthers (19-2) was Jamie Gabrielsen with 20 kills. Natalie Schmitting notched 10, while Lauren Felsing collected 19 digs.
The Golden Eagles travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange on Saturday, Oct. 20. Match time is set for 2 p.m.