Volleyball Falls to No. 19 Cincinnati, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20
Nov. 14, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team fell one win shy of claiming a share of its first conference championship by losing in consecutive sets to No. 19 Cincinnati, 25-18, 25-16, 25-10, Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (21-8, 11-3 BIG EAST) were led by junior Ashley Beyer's 10th double-double (15 kills and 10 digs) of the season, while classmate Ciara Jones notched 12 kills. Senior Nikki Klingsporn also turned in a double-double with 36 assists and 11 digs.
Marquette will make its return to the BIG EAST Conference Championship for the first time since 2006 as the No. 3 seed and will face tournament host and No. 6 seed Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.
Cincinnati (26-4, 13-1 BIG EAST) claimed the BIG EAST regular season title with the victory and secured the No. 1 seed in the conference championship. UC will face No. 8 seed USF on Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. CT.
The Bearcats were led by six-time BIG EAST Player of the Week Stephanie Niemer, who notched 13 kills on the afternoon, and Emily Hayden who recorded 12 kills on only 15 attacks.
The Golden Eagles opened play with a 4-1 lead after a pair of Beyer kills, but UC fought back to take a commanding 21-11 lead prior to MU's second timeout of the frame. One of Niemer's four kills in the set closed out action in the first, 25-18, for Cincinnati.
Both teams picked up their hitting in the second frame after struggling to finish in the first. Cincinnati led the way with an attack percentage of .571 (20 kills, zero errors, 35 attacks) on its way to a 25-16 victory, while Marquette rebounded from .056 in the first with a mark of .342 (16-3-38).
Out of the intermission, the Golden Eagles were able to keep the set close before eventually falling 25-20. A kill by senior Rabbecka Gonyo pulled MU within one at 17-16 before UC pulled away for the win.