Volleyball Survives For 3-2 Win at Seton Hall
Nov. 15, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team picked up its 20th victory with a tight 3-2 win (20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 24-26, 15-11) over Seton Hall on Friday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium.
The Golden Eagles (20-5, 12-1 BIG EAST) reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season under head coach Bond Shymansky and just the fifth time overall.
With a win on Sunday at St. John’s, Marquette can wrap up a share of the BIG EAST Conference regular season championship for the first time in program history. MU, which has also competed in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, Great Midwest Conference and Conference USA, has never won a league title of any kind as a member of NCAA Division I.
Freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey paced Marquette with 20 kills and 13 digs, while junior Lindsey Gosh and redshirt freshman middle Meghan Niemann added an inspired 15 kills and 11 kills, respectively. Senior libero Julie Jeziorowski recorded 20 digs for Marquette’s back row as one of five MU players to notch double digit digs.
Danielle Schroeder and Stacey Manthorpe notched 17 kills apiece for Seton Hall and Shelbey Manthorpe recorded a triple-double with 14 kills, 48 assists and 11 digs.
The Pirates flipped the script on MU from a week ago in the first set, jumping out to an early 10-point lead at 14-4. Seton Hall took the first set 25-20 after MU fought back to take some points late but could not fully erase such a large deficit. Marquette hit just .111 (13-8-45) in the stanza compared to .275 by SHU.
The Golden Eagles trailed by as many as four points in the second set but rallied for a difficult 25-23 win. Bailey led MU early in the frame, recording a set-high six kills, but it was Meghan Niemann whose energy carried Marquette across the finish line. Seton Hall tied the frame at 22 after MU led 22-20, but the Golden Eagles clamped down, led by a pair of blocks and a kill from Niemann for MU’s final three points.
Gosh notched the final five points of the third set for Marquette as the Golden Eagles held off the Pirates 25-21. The junior landed consecutive kills to put MU on top 23-20 before Seton Hall called its final timeout of the frame. The Pirates responded out of the timeout with a point, but Gosh put an end to the set with her seventh kill and second service ace of the stanza.
MU hit a combined .469 in the third set with 15 kills and zero attack errors.
Seton Hall fought off match-point in the fourth set to pull out a 26-24 victory and extend the match to a fifth frame for the seventh time in the last nine meetings with the the Golden Eagles. Marquette led 22-20 as Seton Hall called its final timeout and sat at match-point 24-23 after Gosh’s 12th kill of the match.
MU captured the final set 15-11 as Seton Hall hit just .125 in the stanza.
Marquette returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 17 in Queens, N.Y., at Carnesecca Arena against St. John’s at 1 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed live on ESPN3.com with Ralph Bednarczyk and Joe Chojnacki on the call.