Carlson Reaches 1,000 Kills as Marquette Sweeps Notre Dame
Nov. 11, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Danielle Carlson's 1,000th career kill proved to be the exclamation point on a 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 sweep for the Marquette University women's volleyball team over Notre Dame on Senior Day at the Al McGuire Center Sunday afternoon.
Carlson notched her 1,000th kill and seventh of the match for the final point as the Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-2 BIG EAST) clinched the No. 2 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship, which they host Nov. 16-18 in Milwaukee. MU will face the No. 7-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers in the conference quarterfinals at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 16.
The victory was also significant for MU in that it marks the 24th victory of the season and the 13th in BIG EAST play. The 13 conference triumphs set a new standard in program history, while the 24 total victories tie last year's team in overall wins.
Redshirt senior Holly Mertens led Marquette with 11 kills, while hitting .381 (11-3-21). The Golden Eagles hit .317 (43-10-104) in the match, including a mark of .471 in the first set. Mertens also picked up three blocks, as did Carlson, classmate Kelsey Mattai and freshman outside hitter Erin Lehman.
Notre Dame (20-7, 13-2 BIG EAST), which will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, was led by 10 kills from sophomore outside hitter Toni Alugbue. Overall, the Fighting Irish hit just .148 (33-17-108) in their second loss of the season to the Golden Eagles.
Marquette took the opening set going away, closing out the frame on an 8-1 run for a 25-16 victory. Lehman and sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh led the way for MU in the first with four kills, while MU limited ND to a hitting percentage of .167.
The Golden Eagles broke free from a 16-16 tie in the second set to close out the match 25-17. Marquette received a pair of kills from Gosh and a pair of service aces from junior defensive specialist Rachel Stier to close the frame on a 9-1 run.
The Irish held their final lead of the third set at 2-1 before the Golden Eagles closed out a tighter final set 25-22 on the 1,000th kill of Carlson's career.