Marquette Falls at Western Michigan, 3-1
Oct. 18, 2011
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Despite a 25-23 first set victory, the Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision Tuesday evening to Western Michigan at Read Fieldhouse in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Golden Eagles, who fall to 16-6 on the season, were led by 19 kills from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer. Classmate Ciara Jones notched 15 kills and sits 18 away from 1,000 in her career at Marquette. Beyer also had 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
The Broncos improve to 17-5 with the victory and had four players with double figure kills, led by 13 from senior middle blocker Ashley Turnage. They also received a double-double from redshirt freshman setter Terin Norris with 48 assists and 10 digs.
Marquette got off to a sluggish start to the first set, falling behind 11-5 before rebounding to tie the set at 12 on a kill by Jones. The set would remain within two points until the Golden Eagles closed out the opening frame, 25-23, behind back-to-back kills by Beyer and junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson, each of whom notched four in the stanza.
After a timeout by the Golden Eagles to try and right the ship while behind 7-1 in the second set, MU failed to cut the Broncos lead to less than three before losing 25-16. WMU led the way in the second with a .312 hitting percentage behind 14 kills, while MU hit just .139.
The Broncos claimed the third set 25-23 after fighting back from a 20-18 deficit. It is only the fifth time this season that MU has lost a set after being the first team to 20 points. Western was once again efficient in their attacks, hitting .314, while MU notched eight hitting errors.
WMU was able to close out the match with a 25-22 fourth set victory after fighting back from an early deficit. Marquette built a 10-7 lead in the set on three kills by Jones, sandwiched around a Jeziorowski service ace, but was unable to hold on for the win.
Sophomore defensive specialist Catherine Mayer tied a career high with 14 digs on the evening.
The Golden Eagles return to BIG EAST Conference action Friday, Oct. 21 at the Al McGuire Center at 7 p.m. against Seton Hall before a 12:30 p.m. Sunday contest against Rutgers. Friday's match is Twitter and Facebook Fan Appreciation Night, where fans will have the opportunity to print a coupon off Marquette's Facebook and Twitter accounts for a prize redeemed at the match.