Golden Eagles Top St. John's, 3-1

Holly Mertens hit .714 for the Golden Eagles Sunday and .614 over the weekend.

Nov. 4, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Holly Mertens continued her hot play of late with a team-high 21 kills to lead the Marquette University women's volleyball team past St. John's, 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 24-26, 25-16), Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.

"I just think that with our group we clearly have something special going," Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. "I keep describing us kind of like a run-away freight train. Sometimes there will be some bumps along the track there during the match, but you can just see that we have the ability to hit .442 as a team. That is a pretty wicked number.

"I do a lot of smiling after a match like that so it doesn't really bother me that we dropped the third set in a tight one. Our team is ready for a few big weekends coming up."

Mertens hit a scorching .714 (21-1-28) to pace an offense that hit a combined .442 (61-8-120) for the Golden Eagles (23-4, 12-1 BIG EAST). Fellow senior Danielle Carlson notched 13 kills for the MU cause, while hitting .520 (13-0-25) in the contest. 

Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein upped her BIG EAST-leading assist average with 51 in the four-set match as MU hit no less than .375 in any one set.

The Red Storm (19-10, 6-7 BIG EAST) was led by Karin Palgutova's 22 kills, while Milica Krstojevic added 12 for St. John's.

Marquette dominated the opening two sets in convincing fashion, 25-18 and 25-15, before St. John's was able to rally and capture the third frame 26-24.

MU had a match-high .577 (17-2-26) team hitting percentage in the second stanza, with Mertens picking up six of her 21 kills in the frame.

The Golden Eagles bounced back after dropping the third set and cruised to a 25-16 victory in set four, giving Marquette its 16th win in its last 17 matches.

Marquette's 12 victories in BIG EAST Conference play sets a program record, notched by last year's squad.

The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Nov. 9 at Louisville against the No. 12 Cardinals.




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