Volleyball Tops St. John's in Four Sets

Redshirt junior Courtney Kintzel returned to action and registered two kills Friday night.
Nov. 7, 2014

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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.

Freshman setter Gabby Benda paced the team with 32 assists, while sophomore libero Lauren Houg registered a team-high 28 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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