Marquette Swept by No. 11 Louisville
Nov. 9, 2012
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team suffered its first sweep of the season at the hands of No. 11 Louisville (25-22, 25-16, 25-18) Friday afternoon at Cardinal Arena in Louisville, Ky.
"I felt like we didn’t show up very well in the first set, but we did a good job of pulling ourselves back into that set and getting ourselves back into the match, but I give Louisville a ton of credit," Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. "They are obviously a really strong team and are tough to beat at their place. We have to make a complete weekend out of this, that is the hard part. We have to get our heads right, turn in back around and get back to the Al McGuire Center Sunday and take care of business versus Notre Dame. That is no small task either. Our team remembers what we had to give last time to beat them. We have to tighten things up as a whole team and be out there and support each other and fight back."
The Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-2 BIG EAST) were led by 13 kills from reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Holly Mertens, while freshman outside hitter Erin Lehman added 12. Marquette hit a combined .236 (43-18-106) in the contest, while Mertens and Lehman hit .320 and .346, respectively. Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein posted 40 assists and seven digs in the three-set sweep.
Lola Arslanbekova notched a match-high 15 kills for Louisville (24-3, 13-1 BIG EAST), while senior middle blocker Gwen Rucker added 10 kills and four blocks. The Cardinals, who can wrap up a BIG EAST regular season championship Sunday afternoon against Cincinnati, hit .396 (46-6-101) as a team.
The Cardinals fought off a furious comeback bid by the Golden Eagles to take the opening set 25-22. Louisville led by as many as eight points before MU pulled the frame to within a point, 22-21, on a pair of Lehman kills. U of L built its biggest advantage at 13-5 following a 12-1 run.
Lehman led MU in the first with seven kills, while Lindsey Gosh added five.
Louisville hit .353 (16-4-34) in the second set, on its way to a 25-16 victory. Arslanbekova paced U of L in the second with six kills and Rucker recorded the final three points of the frame with a pair of kills and a block of a Lehman attack.
Mertens added seven kills for the Golden Eagles in a 25-18 third set loss, as U of L hit a combined .531 (18-1-32).
Louisville was able to shut down Marquette senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson to the tune of just three kills and a hitting percentage of .231 (3-0-13). Carlson sits at 993 career kills and should hit the 1,000-kill plateau during Sunday’s match against Notre Dame.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday, Nov. 11 against the Fighting Irish at the Al McGuire Center. Senior Day festivities honoring Danielle Carlson, Carol Henney, Kelsey Mattai, Holly Mertens and team manager Keren Nass will follow the 1 p.m. contest.