Golden Eagles Sink Pirates in Five-Set Marathon
Nov. 7, 2010
SOUTH ORANGE, N. J. - Behind a career-high 20 kills from junior outside hitter Ciara Jones, the Marquette University women's volleyball team held on for a five-set victory over Seton Hall Sunday afternoon at the Walsh Gymnasium, 23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 15-10.
In addition to Jones' 20 kills, the Golden Eagles (20-7, 10-2 BIG EAST) were led by 20 kills from Ashley Beyer, who notched her ninth double-double of the season with 11 digs. Senior setter Nikki Klingsporn tied a career-high with 62 assists and added 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. Freshman libero Julie Jeziorowski also recorded a career high with 30 digs.
The win is the 13th straight victory for the Golden Eagles, who come back to Milwaukee with the BIG EAST title on the line in showdowns with Louisville on Friday and Cincinnati Sunday.
Marquette dropped the opening set 25-23 after allowing the Pirates to come back from a 23-20 deficit. The Golden Eagles struggled to get the ball over the net in the first frame, recording seven service errors, including five of the first 10 points for Seton Hall. Jones led an MU squad that hit a combined .382 (17-4-34) in the stanza with five kills in the first, while Beyer and Gonyo each notched four. SHU managed an attack percentage of .207 to give the Marquette its first set loss since the third frame at Notre Dame on Oct. 24.
The Golden Eagles rebounded nicely in the second set with a 25-16 victory. After a tough first few points, MU pulled out to a 19-11 lead before the Pirates' first timeout of the frame. Gonyo led MU with five kills in the second.
Marquette took the first three points out of the intermission on kills from Beyer and sophomores Danielle Carlson, Kelsey Mattai. The Golden Eagles were able to extend their lead to 16-12 and 22-16 prior to a pair of Seton Hall timeouts and finished the set with five kills from Jones, while Beyer added four.
The Golden Eagles scored the first four points of the fourth set, before allowing the Pirates the advantage which they held for most of the set. MU responded to tie the set at 16-16 before taking a 20-18 lead on a Gonyo kill. Seton Hall scored seven of the next eight points to close the frame.
Seton Hall held a 4-2 advantage early in the final set before MU knotted the frame at 6-6. The Golden Eagles closed out the stanza 15-10. Beyer recorded five of Marquette's points in the set on kills.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Nov. 12 at the Al McGuire Center against Louisville for Marquette volleyball's "Dollar Day," featuring $1 admission and $1 hot dogs, popcorn and soda. Marquette will also host Cincinnati on Sunday as part of the Side-Out Foundation's 'Dig Pink' initiative.