Marquette Drops First Conference Match to No. 15 Louisville, 3-1
Oct. 21, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped its first BIG EAST Conference match of the season Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center to No. 15 Louisville, 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19).
The Golden Eagles fall to 18-4 overall (8-1 BIG EAST) with the loss and snap an 11-match winning streak in the process. Marquette was led by 17 kills from sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh, who hit .326 (17-3-43) in the contest, while Holly Mertens added 13 on a mark of .321 (13-4-28).
Senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson and freshman outside hitter Erin Lehman also reached double digit kills for MU, notching 11 and 12, respectively. Carlson rounded out the box score with six digs and four blocks on the afternoon.
Senior outside hitter Lola Arslanbekova led the Cardinals (20-3, 9-1 BIG EAST) with 24 kills and 12 digs while hitting .328 (24-5-58). Louisville also received 13 kills from right-side hitter Emily Juhl, who hit .464 (13-0-28).
Marquette claimed the opening set 25-20, but was unable to keep up its momentum, dropping the second frame, 25-17.
Just as it looked as if the Golden Eagles would regain the edge in the third set, the Cardinals closed out the stanza on an 11-1 run for a 25-21 victory. Marquette had led 20-14 before the Cardinals mounted their comeback even as the Golden Eagles outhit U of L .310 (16-3-42) to .286 (14-4-35) in the frame.
Louisville closed out the match with a 25-19 fourth set victory, in which Arslanbekova added eight kills for the Cardinals' cause.
Sunday's match was Marquette's annual Dig Pink match supporting the Side-Out Foundation's fight against breast cancer. The Golden Eagles collected donations on a per-dig basis and sold multiple items with proceeds benefiting breast cancer awareness and research.
Marquette collected 84 digs on the afternoon, one dig shy of a season high.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Oct. 26 at Georgetown before heading to Villanova for a Sunday, Oct. 28 match.
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