Golden Eagles Sweep Milwaukee 25-15, 25-11, 25-22

Junior outside hitter Casey Read had a season-high four kills for MU.

Oct. 30, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team made quick work of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Tuesday evening at the Klotsche Center for its 21st win of the season, sweeping the Panthers 25-15, 25-11, 25-22.

"I thought the momentum was really good and (Milwaukee) competed pretty hard from the start," Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. "Without their setter (Kayla Price) healthy, it's hard for them to really keep that going, so we had to make sure that we were consistent on our side of the net. I was really glad that we got a lot of production out of everybody on our team."

The Golden Eagles (21-4) were led by 12 kills from redshirt senior Holly Mertens as the right-side hitter added three blocks on the evening with a .375 hitting percentage (12-3-24). Marquette hit a combined .327 (42-10-98) in the match, including a blistering .500 in the second set.

Freshman outside hitter Erin Lehman also reached double digits with 11 kills for MU.

Sophomore outside hitter Julie Kolinske led the Panthers (8-16) with 12 kills while UWM hit a combined .072 (30-22-111) in the contest.

The Golden Eagles claimed the opening stanza, 25-15, after hitting .464 to begin the match. Lehman led the way for Marquette with five kills in the first set, while Mertens and Danielle Carlson each notched three. Milwaukee jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first before Marquette took its first lead of the match at 9-8 on a ball handling error by UWM setter Hannah Blanchard.

Thirteen players saw action for the Golden Eagles in a 25-11 second set victory, including seldom-used reserves Casey Read, Mary Nilles and Jalyn Smith. Read notched a pair of kills and a block in the final few points of the frame to seal the set for MU.

"We talked about preparing to be seamless, no matter which person was part of the machinery that it still had to run smoothly," Shymansky said. "I thought we did a great job of that as a team and individuals got out there and stepped up and got more experience tonight."

Milwaukee hit -.029 in the second stanza, while Marquette hit a robust .500 (13-1-24), led by four kills from Mertens.

The Panthers stuck around out of the break before the Golden Eagles put them away 25-22 in the third set.

Marquette also topped Milwaukee 3-1 on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Al McGuire Center in the Marquette Invitational.

The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Nov. 2 against the University of Connecticut at the Al McGuire Center at 7 p.m., before facing St. John's on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.




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