Marquette Advances to First BIG EAST Title Match
Nov. 17, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team advanced to its first BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship title contest with a 3-1 victory (25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-22) over USF Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (26-5) will face the tournament's top seed, No. 10 Louisville, in the championship match on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.
Senior Danielle Carlson led MU with 14 kills and hit .591 (14-1-22) in the contest. She was one of four players in double figures for the Golden Eagles. Junior Elizabeth Koberstein led the squad with 46 assists, moving her into sixth place on Marquette single-season list with 1,339.
Junior libero Julie Jeziorowski became Marquette's all-time leader in digs, picking up 20 in the match to give her 1,584 in her career. She passed former AVCA All-American Jamie Mueller's total of 1,567.
J'beria Davis and Kayla Walton each recorded 11 kills for the Bulls (17-14). Marquette limited USF to a .142 attack percentage (53-31-155) for the match.
MU improves to 5-4 all time in the BIG EAST tournament, and continues to improve on its program record with its 26th victory of the season.
Ahead 12-10 in the first set, the Golden Eagles went on a 13-6 run to win the first frame 25-16. The Golden Eagles limited the Bulls to an attack percentage of .000 with eight errors. Carlson and freshman Erin Lehman paced Marquette with four kills each.
Marquette pulled away from an 11-11 tie in the second set and never looked back, winning the frame 25-20. Mertens recorded a set-high four kills and fellow senior Kelsey Mattai chipped in with three kills as well. As a team, the Golden Eagles had an attack percentage of .324 (13-2-34) and forced the Bulls to commit eight attack errors.
Despite dropping the first two sets, USF responded with a 27-25 victory in the third. MU fought off three straight set points after the Bulls held a 24-21 advantage to draw even at 24, but ultimately the Bulls' charge was too much. Sophomore Lindsey Gosh led the Golden Eagles with five kills in the game.
The Golden Eagles captured the fourth and final set 25-22. USF rode the momentum of its game three win, jumping out to an early 7-1 lead. The Golden Eagles then answered right back with a 12-6 rally of their own to knot it up at 13-13. The teams traded points and with the score tied at 19-19, a service error by Natalia Soares of USF gave Marquette a lead it did not relinquish.
Louisville is the lone member of the BIG EAST to defeat Marquette this season, and is 3-0 against the Golden Eagles in BIG EAST tournament play. The squads met in the conference semifinals in 2006 and 2010 and the quarterfinals in 2005.
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