Volleyball Closes Regular Season with 3-0 Sweep of DePaul

Holly Mertens hit .467 with 10 kills.

Nov. 13, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team wrapped up the BIG EAST Conference regular season Sunday afternoon with a 25-21, 25-11, 25-15 sweep of DePaul at the Al McGuire Center.

The Golden Eagles (22-8, 12-2 BIG EAST) were led by 14 kills from senior outside hitter Ciara Jones and 10 each from classmate Ashley Beyer and redshirt junior right-side hitter Holly Mertens. Beyer added 14 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Freshman setter Chelsea Heier contributed 46 assists in the sweep as MU hit .369 as a team.

The 12 wins in conference play is the most for Marquette in program history, topping last year's mark of 11-3. The Golden Eagles earn the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament after tying for second place with Cincinnati. The Bearcats beat MU, 3-1, on Nov. 5 in Cincinnati.

Marquette will play No. 6 Seton Hall at 6 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Confrence Women's Volleyball Championship at the Al McGuire Center. 

The Blue Demons (7-22, 3-11 BIG EAST) were led by six kills from junior middle blocker Rachel Aumann.

Beyer, Jones and team manager Karla Thorpe were all honored in a pregame ceremony as part of Marquette's Senior Day. All three walked on court with their parents and were greeted by the coaching staff and Marquette's Acting Athletic Director Mike Broeker.

Beyer is currently fifth in program history with 1,146 career kills, while Jones is eighth in kills (1,079) and seventh in hitting percentage (.235) on the all-time MU list.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to 8-3 leads in both the first and third sets and an 8-5 lead in the second. MU closed the match by hitting .483 in the final frame with 19 kills.

All players on Marquette's roster saw action Sunday as sophomore outside hitter Casey Read and freshman right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh recorded their first kills of the season.

Sunday's contest was a Dig Pink match, raising funds for the Side-Out Foundation and its fight against breast cancer. 




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