Marquette Volleyball Drops Match to Seton Hall, 3-2
Nov. 9, 2008
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team lost Sunday afternoon at Seton Hall, 3-2 (21-25, 25-11, 21-25, 25-22, 19-17).
"We struggled offensively today and Seton Hall played a great match," said head coach Pati Rolf. "We had great defensive intensity as Amy (Deelo) played a great match as did Caryn (Mastandrea)."
Over the last four matches (2-2) the Golden Eagles have played in the maximum 20 sets, going 10-10 over that span.
On the day, junior setter Caryn Mastandrea recorded the first triple-double for Marquette since Sarah Vernon did so on Oct. 30, 2004 against St. Louis University. Mastandrea recorded 11 kills, 48 assists and 16 digs and added three blocks.
Leslie Bielski set a career-high with 24 digs to go along with 15 kills for the Golden Eagles, while senior Ashlee Fisher led Marquette as one of four players in double-figures with 18 kills. Along with Bielski's 24 digs and Mastandrea's 16 digs, Amy Deelo and Hailey Viola had 26 and 10 digs, respectively.
Marquette got off to a quick 4-1 lead in the first off kills from Bielski, Fisher and Gonyo, and led 8-4 on a kill from Ciara Jones before Seton Hall tied the score at 8-8. With the score sitting at 14-14, Seton Hall took the lead and led 21-20 prior to five straight MU points to close out the set, 25-21.
Mastandrea led the Golden Eagles in the first set with four kills, eight assists and five digs. Deelo provided seven digs in the frame.
Another kill by Mastandrea got Marquette on the board in the second to tie the set at 1-1. The Pirates then took five of the next seven points and would take the set, 25-21.
The Golden Eagles picked up the pace out of the break and never trailed in the third set. Marquette got out to a 7-4 lead on a kill from Bielski and kept distancing themselves from the Pirates, eventually ending the set, 25-21, on another kill by Bielski.
The fourth was very closely played as neither team was able to build much of a lead. A kill by Fisher tied the set at 5-5 and the Golden Eagles were able to build up a 9-7 lead before Seton Hall recaptured a 10-9 advantage. The score remained within two points until two kills by the Pirates' Sarah Osmun gave Seton Hall the victory, 25-21.
Seton Hall built a 4-1 lead in the fifth set and led until three straight points from Marquette, the last coming on a block from Russell and Katie Vancura, tied the final frame at 12-12. Marquette was the first to reach 15 points on a kill by Bielski, but following a Seton Hall timeout, was unable to close out the match. With a 17-16 lead on a kill by Rabbecka Gonyo, the Golden Eagles allowed three straight points from the Pirates to drop the set, 19-17, and end the match.
The Golden Eagles fall to 10-15 on the season and 4-8 in the BIG EAST, while Seton Hall improves to 14-13 overall and 6-6 in the BIG EAST. Marquette returns to action Friday night at the Al McGuire Center when they take on West Virginia (7-18, 0-11 BIG EAST) before playing Pittsburgh (15-12, 7-5 BIG EAST) on Sun., Nov. 16.
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