Volleyball Wins Seventh Straight at DePaul, 3-1
Oct. 23, 2010
CHICAGO - The Marquette University women's volleyball team notched its seventh-straight victory with a 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-13, 25-23) win Saturday afternoon over DePaul at McGrath Arena.
The Golden Eagles (14-7, 5-2 BIG EAST) were led by 16 kills from junior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, who also notched 13 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Senior Rabbecka Gonyo, who ranks second in the NCAA in hitting percentage, recorded 14 kills and hit .478 (14 kills, three errors, 23 attacks), while Carol Henney notched a career-high 13 kills and Ciara Jones added 12. Senior Nikki Klingsporn led the MU offense with 54 assists along with eight digs.
Klingsporn's play at the end of the first set helped the Golden Eagles pull out a 25-23 win despite trailing at one point 22-20. After a kill by Jones brought MU back within one at 22-21, Klingsporn dumped the ball for a kill and recorded a pair of blocks to give Marquette the 24-22 lead. The Golden Eagles pulled out the set on another kill from Jones, one of five by the junior in the set. Klingsporn also notched 13 assists in the opening frame.
The Golden Eagles fell to the Blue Demons 25-21 in the second set after leading for most of the stanza. MU jumped to a 3-1 lead on consecutive kills from Henney and led the fame until DePaul tied the set at 20-20. The Blue Demons closed out the set with five of the final six points and were led by five kills and seven assists from setter Samantha Geiger.
Sophomore Danielle Carlson notched the first four points of the third set for Marquette with three kills and a block assist and MU cruised to a 25-13 victory. Henney led the Golden Eagles with six kills in the frame and hit .625 with only one error on eight attacks. MU combined to hit .394 in the third, while the Blue Demons were limited to a hitting percentage of .074 (6-4-27).
DePaul led early in the fourth until Beyer culminated a long rally with a kill to tie the set at 10-10. Marquette was able to stay in front for the rest of the frame and closed out the match and the set 25-23.
The Blue Demons fall to 3-20 overall and 0-8 in the BIG EAST with the loss. Outside hitter Chelsea Kirkpatrick led DePaul with 11 kills in the contest.
The Golden Eagles return to action at Notre Dame at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on Sunday at Purcell Pavilion.
Sunday's match will be Notre Dame's "Dig Pink" match, marking the third time this season that the Golden Eagles have participated in a match promoting breast cancer awareness and research on an opponent's home court. Marquette will host its own Dig Pink match in its BIG EAST regular season finale against No. 23 Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Al McGuire Center. For more information or to donate to the Side-Out Foundation, click here.
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