Ciara Jones Hits .739 as Marquette Sweeps Notre Dame, 3-0
Nov. 11, 2011Photo Gallery
MILWAUKEE - Ciara Jones hit an astounding .739 with 18 kills on 23 attacks as the Marquette University women's volleyball team swept Notre Dame (25-15, 25-21, 25-17) for the first time in program history Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (21-8, 11-2 BIG EAST) hit a combined .385 as a squad, led by 18 kills from Jones, 11 from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer and eight from redshirt junior right-side hitter Holly Mertens. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier had 43 assists to lead the MU offense.
The Fighting Irish (15-10, 8-5 BIG EAST) were paced by 10 kills from freshman right-side Jeni Houser as Marquette limited ND to a hitting percentage of .125 in the contetst.
Marquette hit a season-high .633 in the opening set, led by a mark of 1.000 from Jones, who connected on all seven of her attacks for kills. Mertens also landed four of her five attempts as MU had only one error in the frame.
Jones went on to hit .571 (5-1-7) in the second set before closing with a line of 6-0-9 (.667) in the final stanza. The Orlando, Fla., native also notched her first service ace of the season to give MU a 9-7 lead in the second set.
Sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski picked up 17 digs on the afternoon, increasing her season total to 533, the new top mark in program history. Jeziorowski now has 941 digs in her career and moved past Amiee Brill (937) and into 10th place on MU's all-time digs list.
Beyer moved up to the No. 6 spot on the Marquette career kills list with 1,136, while Jones is now No. 8 all-time with 1,065.
Marquette returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Al McGuire Center against DePaul. Beyer and Jones along with team manager Karla Thorpe will be honored in a senior day ceremony prior to the match, which is MU's annual Dig Pink contest.
Fans will have the opportunity to pledge money on a per-dig basis or a set amount and will also be able to purchase a Marquette Dig Pink t-shirt for $10. The event will feature free admission for any breast cancer survivors and fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support.