Marquette Sweeps Villanova for 20th Win
Oct. 28, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. – A third-straight 20-win campaign was guaranteed for the Marquette University women's volleyball team Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-16, 25-23) of Villanova at Jake Nevin Field House in Villanova, Pa.
“I thought we played really well today,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “It’s good to watch us jump out to a start like that and be sharp and motivated. We played tight and efficient volleyball."
The victory marks the third-straight season the Golden Eagles (20-4, 10-1 BIG EAST) have reached the 20-win plateau and at least 10 conference victories. It is only the fourth time in program history that MU has reached 20 victories since it joined NCAA Division I.
"I feel like we got great balance out of our team offensively but the thing that impressed me most was our first contact, our serving and our passing. You could see the focus level was high and the intensity level to get to that 20th win was good for us,” said Shymansky.
Marquette was led by 13 kills from senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson, who hit a combined .524 (13-2-21) in the match. Classmate Holly Mertens also reached double digits in kills with 10, while junior libero Julie Jeziorowski paced an MU back row that notched 55 digs with 16.
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Carpenter led the Wildcats (11-15, 5-6 BIG EAST) as the only VU player in double digit kills with 10.
MU hit .297 (42-12-101) in the match, while Villanova was held to a mark of .107 (30-18-112).
The Golden Eagles hit .571 (17-1-28) in the opening set on their way to a 25-13 victory. A 7-1 MU run capped by an attack error from Villanova’s Krista Andersen, helped Marquette to an 11-4 lead that it would not relinquish.
MU used three-straight service aces early in the second set from Lindsey Gosh to take the frame 25-16. Gosh’s three aces gave MU a 9-4 lead as it pulled away by hitting .300 (12-3-30) in the stanza.
Carlson and Mertens hit a combined .652 (16-1-23) through the first two sets with eight kills apiece.
The third set was tighter than the opening pair as the two sides exchanged the lead six times before MU held on for a 25-23 victory for its 12th sweep for 2012.
“That was really our final long road trip of the season, except for the NCAA tournament. We have really put ourselves in good position to defend at home and vie for that conference title,” Shymansky said.
The Golden Eagles return to action in a Tuesday, Oct. 30 showdown at the Klotsche Center against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.