Marquette Beats Butler, 3-1, on Senior Night
Nov. 23, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team fought off a tenacious Butler squad on Saturday evening for a 3-1 victory (25-22, 23-25, 27-25, 29-27) on Senior Night at the Al McGuire Center.
Freshman outside hitter Nele Barber and junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh led the way for the Golden Eagles (23-5, 15-1 BIG EAST) with 18 and 17 kills, respectively. Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein added another 60 assists for the second night in a row, but Marquette hit just .249 in the match, including a match-low .043 in the second set.
Junior outside hitter Belle Obert led the Bulldogs (24-7, 11-5 BIG EAST) with 18 kills and hit .472 in the contest. Sophomore Mary Striedl added 14 kills for Butler and setter Morgan Peterson added a full line of 43 assists, six kills, 22 digs and five blocks. The Bulldogs recorded 16 blocks in the contest and were paced by 11 from junior middle blocker Erica Stahl.
The Golden Eagles took the opening frame 25-22 and Butler claimed the second 25-23 to head into the break with an even match.
A back-and-forth third set culminated in a 29-27 victory for the Golden Eagles on an attack error by Stahl. The frame featured 15 ties and five lead changes as each team posted a sideout percentage of above 70 percent. The Bulldogs were the first to set-point at 24-23 on a Striedl kill, but Marquette took the next two points to sit at set-point themselves, 25-24. Butler fought off MU once more, but a pair of attack errors on the final two points doomed the Bulldogs.
Gosh stole the show in the fourth set and propelled the Golden Eagles to their program-record 15th BIG EAST Conference victory with nine kills in the frame. The Oconomowoc, Wis., native notched six-straight points for MU at one juncture with five kills and a solo block as Marquette took a 13-7 lead.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead 24-21 in the fourth before the Golden Eagles stormed back to eventually take the stanza 29-27.
MU and Butler have gone to extra points in five of the eight sets they have played in 2013.
Marquette returns to action on Friday, Nov. 29 at D.J. Sokol in Omaha, Neb., in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Championship. The Golden Eagles are the tournament's No. 1 seed and will face Butler again on Friday afternoon.