Golden Eagles Fall to Seton Hall in Five Sets
Nov. 28, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team fell to the Seton Hall Pirates in five sets (25-23, 25-12, 19-25, 18-25, 15-11) on Friday night in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship at the Al McGuire Center.
Courtney Kintzel set a new Marquette high in kills by recording 19 while hitting .444 during the match and sophomore Autumn Bailey, BIG EAST Player of the Year, added 14 kills of her own. The Golden Eagles (24-8) hit .162 as a team in the loss, while libero Lauren Houg notched a career-high 35 digs.
The Pirates (28-6) were led by 17 kills from Molly Grammer while setter Shelbey Manthorpe posted 44 assists and 27 digs.
After trailing during much of the early portion of the first set, the Pirates came out of their first timeout on a 5-0 run to take a 20-18 lead. After fighting off the first two set points the Golden Eagles faced after falling behind 24-21, Seton Hall prevailed in a hard fought first set. Grammer led the way for the Pirates in the first set by recording five kills.
After early back-and-forth play, Seton Hall went on an 8-1 run to open up a 13-6 advantage over Marquette. Seton Hall's Stacey Manthorpe added four more assists during the set to help the Pirates notch a 25-12 set victory. Seton Hall hit .312 in the second frame.
Seton Hall opened the third set in the same fashion they closed the second and took a 6-2 lead. However, Marquette was able to come out of a timeout on a 7-1 run to take a 22-16 lead. Kintzel's sixth kill of the set gave the Golden Eagles the victory by a score of 25-19.
Marquette controlled much of the fourth set highlighted by Bailey who tallied six kills in the set and helped the Golden Eagles to a 25-18 set victory. The Blue and Gold hit .250 during the set while Seton Hall hit just .022.
After trailing early in the fifth set, Seton Hall battled back while being carried by Grammer and Manthorpe to win the frame by a score of 15-11. The Pirates were helped by hitting .276 in the set while only recording two attack errors.
Marquette will now await its fate on Sunday as they make a bid for an at-large selection in the NCAA tournament.
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