Golden Eagles Complete Weekend Sweep with 3-0 Win at West Virginia
Oct. 30, 2011
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - A sweep of West Virginia Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va., moved the Marquette University women's volleyball team to a perfect 10-0 in the BIG EAST Conference after winning in consecutive sets, 25-14, 25-23, 25-15.
The Golden Eagles improve to 20-6 overall, marking only the third time since joining NCAA Division I and second-straight year under third-year head coach Bond Shymansky, that the program has reached the 20-win plateau. Marquette was led by 13 kills from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, while junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson landed 10 of her attacks and blocked five of the Mountaineers'.
West Virginia (6-16, 4-7 BIG EAST) was led by seven kills apiece from middle blocker Evyn McCoy and outside hitter Michelle Kopecky.
After handily taking the opening set 25-14, the Golden Eagles used a come-from-behind 25-23 second set victory to take control of the match.
Marquette used a 6-0 run in the middle of the first set for a 19-9 lead it would not relinquish on its way to a 25-14 opening set win. Senior outside hitter Ciara Jones led MU in the first frame with five kills as the Golden Eagles hit .360 as a team.
A Rachel Stier service ace gave Marquette its first lead in the second set at 23-22 before a solo block from Carlson ended the frame 25-23. The Golden Eagles fought back from 12-5 and 22-20 deficits to take a 2-0 advantage into the intermission with six kills in the second coming from Beyer.
Shymansky used both his timeouts in the second to halt West Virginia runs as the Golden Eagles responded out of each with four consecutive points. MU sat down 12-5 and 18-13 before rallying to pull the set to 12-9 and 18-17, respectively.
Marquette jumped out to an 8-3 lead to start the first set, while the Mountaineers did the same in the second.
The Golden Eagles took the third set 25-15 by hitting .367 with 14 kills on 30 total attacks.
Marquette improves to 10-0 this season in sets with the chance to sweep its opponent.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Nov. 5 at Cincinnati at 1 p.m. Central time before making the trek to Louisville for a 1 p.m. CT Sunday, Nov. 6 match against the Cardinals.