Marquette Tops NIU 3-1 to Conclude Regular Season

Holly Mertens ended the match with a kill in her final career home contest.

Nov. 24, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team concluded the 2012 regular season with a 3-1 victory over Northern Illinois (28-26, 25-15, 15-25, 25-12) Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

“We had a set three letdown tonight, but I thought our group exerted themselves pretty well,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “This is such an exciting time of year for us and we are in that hurry-up-and-wait mode. We needed to sustain our focus a little bit better, but I thought that in three sets (that we won) we jumped out on them pretty early and we got balanced play.”

The Golden Eagles (27-6) were led by 12 kills apiece from seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens in the last home match of their careers. Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Gosh also reached double digits will 11 kills in the victory, while junior libero Julie Jeziorowski notched 27 digs in the four-set win.

Carlson and Jeziorowski were both honored in a pre-match ceremony; Carlson for becoming the 12th player in program history with 1,000 career kills and Jeziorowski for becoming MU's all-time leader in digs.

Northern Illinois (21-15) was led by 17 kills from junior outside hitter Meghan Romo, while freshman MacKenzie Roddy added 11.

Marquette took the first set 28-26 after fighting off two NIU set points at 24-23 and 25-24. The Huskies fought back from an early eight-point deficit to take their first lead of the match at 24-23 before ultimately falling in extras.

Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein notched 20 of her match-high 44 assists in the first frame, while Mertens paced MU with six kills.

The Golden Eagles cruised to a 25-15 victory in the second set by hitting .448 (13-0-29) before falling by the same score in the third set. NIU jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the third and MU was unable to recover, hitting just .033 (8-7-30) in the frame.

Marquette closed out the match with a 25-12 fourth set win as the Huskies hit -.081 (6-9-37) in the stanza.

“We have good momentum going into the NCAA tournament,” Shymansky said. “We are excited for that draw and the party tomorrow and then get it ready and go out there and get more NCAA wins.”

The Golden Eagles now turn their attention to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. All fans are invited to join the team at the Union Sports Annex as the 64-team bracket is unveiled live on ESPNU.




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