Golden Eagles Take Five-Set Thriller over Seton Hall
Oct. 21, 2011
MILWAUKEE - After dropping the first two sets 25-22 and 25-14 Friday night at the Al McGuire Center, the Marquette women's volleyball team rallied back to beat Seton Hall in five sets, with 25-21, 25-19, and 15-12 victories in the final three sets.
The Golden Eagles move to 17-6 overall and 7-0 in BIG EAST play with the victory and were led by 16 kills and 11 digs from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, while classmate Ciara Jones notched 14 kills. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier had a career-high four kills to go along with 49 assists and sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski had 26 digs for Marquette.
Seton Hall, which fell to 13-9 overall and 4-3 in the BIG EAST with the loss, was led by senior right-side hitter Meghan Matusiak's 16 kills.
With the first set even at 10-10, Seton Hall quickly went ahead 16-11 and held off a late run from the Golden Eagles to take the first set 25-22. The Golden Eagles had nine attack errors in the first as the Pirates were relentless at the net.
The second set proved more of the same for the Golden Eagles, as their attack errors continued to mount. The Pirates took the frame 25-14. Marquette had 13 errors and a hitting percentage of -.122 in the set, while the Pirates recorded nine blocks as a team.
With the match on the line out of the intermission, Marquette's seniors rose to the occasion.
Trailing 19-17 in the third set and coming out of a timeout, Jones, who had just six kills in the match to that point, unleashed back-to-back crucial kills to even the set. She then combined with junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson for a block to give Marquette a 21-20 lead. From there, three straight attack errors from the Pirates gave Marquette their first life in the match, a 25-21 third set victory. The Golden Eagles converted at a .324 clip in the set.
In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles were tested yet again, as Seton Hall opened an early 10-4 advantage. A momentous kill and some great assists from Heier clawed Marquette back into the set. The Golden Eagles evened the score at 16 with a Danielle Carlson kill that forced Seton Hall to call timeout.
Beyer and Jones once again rose to the occasion late in the set and had a couple of huge go-ahead kills. A few big attack errors ultimately cost Seton Hall the set, which the Golden Eagles took 25-19.
In the deciding fifth set, Ashley Beyer took control with four big kills and a service ace. Beyer's kill at 3-2 gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good, and her 16th and final kill put the match away for Marquette.
The team mobbed Beyer on the court, and the Marquette women's soccer team erupted from the stands to celebrate as well.
The win was Marquette's first five set victory of the season, after a home loss to then No. 9 Minnesota in the Marquette Challenge on Sept. 18.
Seton Hall head coach Kris Zeiter was ejected two-thirds of the way through the fifth set, giving Marquette a crucial point for a 10-6 lead.
Jones sits just four kills away from 1,000 in her Marquette career. She would be the second Golden Eagle to accomplish this feat in 2011, after Beyer recorded her 1,000th kill against Georgetown on Oct. 7.
Marquette next hosts Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.