Mertens' 18 Kills Lead Marquette Past UConn, 3-1
Nov. 2, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Redshirt senior Holly Mertens notched a match-high 18 kills to help the Marquette University women's volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 25-15 victory over Connecticut Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (22-4, 11-1 BIG EAST) hit a combined .296 (61-19-142) in the contest, led by Kelsey Mattai's mark of .667 (6-0-9), while Mertens hit .517 (18-3-29). Fellow senior Danielle Carlson added 15 kills for the Marquette cause and freshman outside hitter Erin Lehman reached double digits with 10.
Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein led the MU offense with 51 assists, while adding 13 digs, six kills, three blocks and a pair of aces from the service line.
Senior Mattison Quayle led the Huskies (16-11, 7-5 BIG EAST) with 13 kills and 14 digs. Middle blocker Immanuella Anagu, the reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, was held to just a pair of kills and a hitting percentage of .000 (2-2-7).
The Golden Eagles trailed by as many as five points in the opening frame before a 6-0 run gave them a 21-18 cushion. Three Carlson kills capped that run before Mattai notched her first kill of the match to give MU the stanza, 25-21.
Mertens led Marquette in the first set with six kills as MU hit .342 (18-5-38) as a team.
MU carried its momentum from the first set into the second, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage before holding on to take the set 25-17. The Golden Eagles, who hit .333 (13-4-27) in the frame, received three kills apiece from Mertens, Carlson and Lindsey Gosh.
The Huskies took the third set 25-19 after an 8-1 run midway through the frame put them on top for good 18-13. UConn hit a match-high .281 in the third, while Marquette hit just .173.
The Golden Eagles used a 7-0 run in the middle fourth frame to cruise to a 25-15 victory and claim their 22nd win of the season.
Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky made good on his promise to don a pair of the student section's `Marquette Maniacs' blue and gold overalls during the match after the Golden Eagles raised over $5,300 for the fight against breast cancer.
Shymansky had pledged to wear the outfit if MU raised over $5,000 for the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink initiative. The foundation awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday at 2 p.m. against St. John’s at the Al McGuire Center.