Golden Eagles Fall in BIG EAST Semifinals to Louisville, 3-1

Nov. 20, 2010

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team fell to Louisville, 3-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-14) in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals Saturday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

The Golden Eagles (22-9 overall) were led by 13 kills from junior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, who also registered a career-high 19 digs for her 12th double-double of the season. Senior middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo and junior outside hitter Ciara Jones each notched 11 kills while sophomore Danielle Carlson had 10 kills and three blocks. Senior setter Nikki Klingsporn also turned in a double-double to the tune of 45 assists and 10 digs. 

The Cardinals improve to 20-7 overall and will play No. 18 Cincinnati in the BIG EAST Championship Finals Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT. Louisville was led by 15 kills and 10 digs from All-BIG EAST First Team selection Lola Arslanbekova, while freshman Caitlin Welch notched a match-high 19 digs.

It is the third time the Golden Eagles have been knocked out of the BIG EAST Championship by the Cardinals, who have claimed three conference championships since joining the league in 2005. 

The Golden Eagles jumped out quickly to take the opening set 25-15 with five kills a piece from both Beyer and Gonyo. By the first media timeout, MU had built a 15-11 advantage and scored six of the next seven points to go ahead 21-12. In addition to Beyer's five kills, the Bloomington, Ill., native recorded six digs, while Klingsporn assisted on 15 of MU's 16 kills in the frame.

Beyer's defense helped the Golden Eagles stay in the second set after going down 15-11 at the media timeout. Marquette rallied to knot the score at 23-23 on a Beyer kill before two straight Louisville points ended the frame 25-23. The junior notched eight digs in the stanza bringing her to a double-double of 10 kills and 14 digs at the intermission. The Cardinals took the second after hitting a combined .364 (15-3-33) and were led by six kills from Arslanbekova.

The Golden Eagles came out of the intermission a little cold, recording only nine kills along with five errors on 40 attacks, leading to an attack percentage of .100. U of L jumped to a 9-5 lead following a 5-0 run and never looked back, taking the third set, 25-15, and a 2-1 match advantage. 

The Cardinals shot out to a 4-1 lead to begin the fourth before finishing the Golden Eagles off 25-14. Marquette was held to a hitting percentage of -.034 with 10 errors and only nine kills, while also notching four service errors.

Louisville defeated Marquette 3-2 in the Golden Eagles' only other trip to the semifinals in 2006.

Marquette returns to action Saturday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. against Northern Illinois at the Al McGuire Center. 





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