Marquette Fends off Georgetown, 3-1
Oct. 26, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marquette University women’s volleyball team fought off a resilient Georgetown squad for a 3-1 victory (26-24, 25-23, 31-29, 25-18) Friday evening at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.
“Tonight was a real grinder for us and it reminds me of the last time we played at Georgetown,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “We had a lot on the line and we came out flat and didn’t respond very well. We were fortunate to get out of the first set. Georgetown made a couple of mistakes and let us off the hook, but they didn’t in the second. We had it knotted up and we had to make some tough plays to get out of there with the victory.”
The Golden Eagles (19-4, 9-1 BIG EAST) were led by 16 kills from Danielle Carlson, who hit .516 (16-0-31) in the contest, while Holly Mertens and Lindsey Gosh added 15 and 13, respectively. Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein picked up 50 assists and 12 digs for Marquette, which received three key kills and a pair of blocks from middle hitter Carol Henney in her first game action since mid-September.
“I am glad to win on the road and we’ve gotten past the idea of being upset with how we win, but how we play is really important to us. We have to keep growing as a team and evolving. Right now we seem to be a little bit stagnant and we are going to have to make improvements if we are really contending for a BIG EAST Championship,” Shymansky said.
Sophomore middle blocker Dani White led Georgetown (7-16, 1-9 BIG EAST) with 17 kills on 32 swings, while sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson added 15.
Marquette led for just three points of the first set before ultimately pulling out a 26-24 victory. The Hoyas led most of the frame, but never by more than three as they kept MU at arm’s length. Carlson led the way for the Golden Eagles in the opening frame with five kills on five attacks, while Mertens hit .625 with five kills on eight swings. Koberstein paced a Marquette offense that hit a combined .455 (16-1-33) in the set with 15 assists.
Georgetown claimed the final four points of the second set to take the stanza 25-23. The Golden Eagles led 23-21 late in the frame before a service error from Koberstein started the Hoyas’ late surge. Marquette picked up five errors from the service line in the second set and struggled with a hitting percentage of .111 (10-6-36).
Johnson notched six kills for Georgetown in the second and White picked up four.
The Golden Eagles had yet another slow start out of the break and had to fight off four Georgetown set points for a 31-29 third set victory. The Hoyas fought off six Marquette set points themselves, including four straight after trailing 24-21.
GU led by as many as five points midway through the stanza before a 7-0 Marquette run swung the frame back in MU’s favor.
Gosh led MU with seven kills in the third set, while Carlson notched five herself.
The fourth set provided a little more breathing room for the Golden Eagles as MU took the frame 25-18 on a Henney kill.
MU’s 15 service errors in the match are its second-highest total this season and the highest in a four-set contest.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday, Oct. 28 at Jake Nevin Field House in Villanova, Pa., against Villanova.