Volleyball Tops Notre Dame in Five Sets For Eighth Straight Win
Oct. 24, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Behind 21 kills and 14 digs from junior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, the Marquette University women's volleyball team defeated Notre Dame Sunday afternoon, 3-2 (16-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-22, 15-8) at Purcell Pavilion. The win marks the eighth-straight victory, sixth on the road, for the Golden Eagles, who improve to 15-7 overall and 6-2 in the BIG EAST.
Beyer recorded five of her 21 kills in the final set and notched her eighth double-double of the season for the Golden Eagles, who also received 61 assists from senior setter Nikki Klingsporn and a career-high 25 digs from freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski. Senior middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo also notched 15 kills, while junior Ciara Jones added 14 of her own.
The opening set went back and forth during few the first few points as MU held its last advantage of the frame at 9-8 on a Beyer kill. Beyer led the Golden Eagles with five kills in the first, while Andrea McHugh notched six kills for the Fighting Irish, who hit .355 to open the match.
Marquette responded from an early 10-4 deficit in the second set to notch a 26-24 victory. MU used a 6-1 run, capped by a Beyer kill at 19-18, to regain its first lead since 2-1. With Marquette sitting at set point, 24-21, the Irish scored three straight to knot the frame at 24-24 before MU closed the stanza with the next two points. The Golden Eagles received four kills apiece in the frame from Beyer, Gonyo and Danielle Carlson.
The Irish were able to pull out a 25-20 victory in the third set after falling behind 18-17. Notre Dame grabbed eight of the final 10 points in the frame and hit .389 as senior Kellie Sciacca collected a team-high five kills.
The Golden Eagles grabbed control early in the fourth and claimed a 25-22 victory. Kelsey Mattai saw her first action in the set and chipped in a pair of kills and three blocks.
Marquette hit a staggering .692 in the final frame to claim a 15-8 win and Beyer converted on all five of her attacks.
The Fighting Irish (13-9, 6-3 BIG EAST) were led by 19 kills from McHugh.
The Golden Eagles return home for their next three matches, including Friday night's contest against West Virginia at the Al McGuire Center.
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