Volleyball Tops St. John's in Four Sets
Nov. 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE –The Marquette University women's volleyball team secured its fifth consecutive victory on Friday, Nov. 7, defeating the St. John's Red Storm 25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 26-24 at the Al McGuire Center.
Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey led the Golden Eagles (21-6, 11-3 BIG EAST) to their fifth straight home victory with a match-high 27 kills, a .358 hitting percentage (27-3-67) and 15 digs.
The Red Storm (17-11, 6-7 BIG EAST) was led by junior outside hitter Karin Palgutova, who finished with a team-best 20 kills and 11 digs.
It was all Marquette early, as the Golden Eagles jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the first set. MU extended its advantage to 13-7 before St. John's went on a 4-0 run, forcing the Golden Eagles to take their first timeout. Marquette came out of the break and mounted a 4-0 run of its own to take a 17-11 lead. From that point on, the Golden Eagles never looked back, taking the first set 25-19.
Neither team was able to gain a clear advantage in the back-and-forth second stanza, but Marquette closed the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-21. Benda tallied the final point for MU by dropping an attack into the heart of the Red Storm defense.
St. John's took an early 7-3 lead in the third frame, but MU battled back to eventually tie it at 15. Following a pair of Red Storm timeouts, St. John's extended its lead to 24-19 before the Golden Eagles scored five straight to knot things up at 24. St. John's would spoil Marquette's hope of a fifth straight sweep, however, winning the third set 26-24.
Both teams traded narrow leads throughout the fourth set, but Bailey simply took over in crunch time, scoring the team's final four points en route to a 26-24 victory. She would finish with 11 kills and a .429 hitting percentage (11-2-21) in the fourth frame alone.
The Golden Eagles will host Providence on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m., with a chance to secure a BIG EAST tournament semifinal berth. All fans that show a ticket stub from the men’s basketball exhibition opener from Saturday afternoon against Wisconsin Lutheran will get in free.
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