Golden Eagles Sweep UIC Tuesday Night, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18

Nov. 2, 2010

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MILWAUKEE - Middle hitters Rabbecka Gonyo and Kelsey Mattai combined for 20 kills in 28 total attacks to lead the Marquette University women's volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 sweep of the University of Illinois-Chicago Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center. 

Mattai posted a season-high 10 kills in only 12 attacks and added six blocks for the Golden Eagles (18-7, 8-2 BIG EAST), who were led by 11 kills from junior outside hitter Ciara Jones. Nikki Klingsporn assisted on 40 of MU's 49 kills in the match, while freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski added 15 digs. Marquette hit a combined .417 (49 kills, nine errors, 96 attacks) as a team. 

The win is the 11th straight for the Golden Eagles, who improve to 18-7 overall. The 11-match winning streak is a school record as a member of NCAA Division I and MU has posted a set record of 33-6 in those 11 contests.

Kelsey Safranek led the Flames (12-15, 7-7 Horizon League) with a double-double of 11 kills and 13 digs.

Marquette jumped out to a 13-6 lead to begin play in the first set, before UIC responded to pull the set within two at 16-14 on back-to-back kills from Janise Dismuke. The Golden Eagles closed the opening frame 25-20 on one of five Gonyo kills in the stanza.

The Flames hung with the Golden Eagles early in the second, until MU pulled away from a 7-7 tie to claim 18 of the next 26 points. MU hit .457 in the frame, while limiting UIC to just .067 (7-5-30).

Marquette connected on 16 of its 22 attacks in a 25-18 third set victory, while committing just two errors.

The Golden Eagles will look to continue their success on the road at Rutgers on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT, before taking on Seton Hall Sunday at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.




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