Marquette Downs Northern Illinois in Regular Season Finale, 3-1
Nov. 27, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team ended the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Northern Illinois at the Al McGuire Center and notched its school-record 23rd win of the season in the process.
The Golden Eagles (23-9, 11-3 BIG EAST) were led by 20 kills and 11 digs from junior Ashley Beyer and 56 assists and 13 digs from senior setter Nikki Klingsporn. Junior outside hitter Ciara Jones also recorded 18 kills, while sophomore Danielle Carlson added 12.
MU's 23 victories top the previous school record of 22 in NCAA Division I play, recorded in 2004.
The Huskies (27-8, 11-5 Mid-American Conference) were led by 15 kills from Sarah Angelos and freshman Lauren Wicinski. Angelos also led the squad with three blocks and an attack percentage of .636 (15-1-22).
A 5-0 run to open the contest gave Marquette all the cushion it would need to pull out a 25-23 first-set victory. NIU pulled within one at 24-23 before a Jones kill ended the frame. Beyer led MU with seven kills.
The Golden Eagles opened up a 17-11 lead in the second set before NIU launched a furious comeback to tie the stanza at 20. The Huskies were the first to set-point at 24-23 before the teams exchanged the lead twice leading to a 30-28 NIU victory. Angelos landed all five of her attacks in the second set and ended the opening two frames hitting .849 (11-0-13).
Beyer and Jones each notched five kills on 11 attacks in the third set to pace MU to a 25-20 victory.
Marquette closed out the match in the fourth with six kills from Beyer and 16 assists and seven digs from Klingsporn. MU's five service errors kept the set close until three consecutive Beyer kills with Marquette trailing 25-24 ended the frame, 27-25.
Marquette entered the match 55th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and will await the results of the NCAA Selection Show Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT on ESPNews. The Huskies entered the match ranked No. 52.