Golden Eagles Sweep West Virginia 25-16, 25-20, 25-13
Oct. 29, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Junior outside hitter Ciara Jones recorded nine of her 12 kills in the second set to lead the Marquette University women's volleyball team past West Virginia in straight sets, 25-16, 25-20, 25-13, Friday night at the Al McGuire Center. The win marks the ninth-straight victory for Marquette, which has not lost a match in the month of October and has won seven league contests in a row after starting out 0-2 in the BIG EAST Conference.
The Golden Eagles (16-7, 7-2 BIG EAST) were led by Jones' 12 kills, as the junior hit .476 in the match, trailing only senior Rabbecka Gonyo's .727 (nine kills, one error, 11 attacks). Gonyo came into the match leading the BIG EAST with an attack percentage of .431, which also ranked fifth in the nation.
Abby Norman paced the Mountaineers (14-11, 4-5 BIG EAST) with eight kills in the contest, including four in the first set.
West Virginia entered the match fifth in the NCAA with 18.49 digs per set, but only managed to halt 25 Marquette attacks the entire night, an average of 8.33 per frame. The Golden Eagles dug out 41 Mountaineer attacks in the contest, with a match-high 10 coming from freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski.
Gonyo and sophomore Kelsey Mattai each landed all three of their attacks in the opening set to lead MU, while Danielle Carlson also added three kills. The Golden Eagles hit .423 in the first set and held WVU to .171.
The second was a little more closely contested as the Mountaineers responded from a 20-12 deficit to pull within four at 22-18. After an MU timeout the Golden Eagles ended the set 25-20. Jones notched nine kills on 12 attacks in the second set, with only one error.
The Golden Eagles controlled play throughout the third and led the entire way, building their largest lead at 23-10 before a 25-13 victory. The Mountaineers were held to an attack percentage of -.292 (4-11-24) in the final frame.
Marquette returns to action Sunday against Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Live statistics and video for Sunday's match can be accessed on GoMarquette.com. Kyle Dlabay will have the play-by-play duties for Sunday's broadcast and will be joined for some of the match by former Marquette volleyball player Hailey Viola (2006-09)
In addition to free pizza for all students in attendance at Sunday's contest, all Marquette students dressed in a Halloween costume will be eligible to win an iPad between sets two and three.