Women's Volleyball

Golden Eagles Drop 3-1 Decision To BIG EAST Leader Notre Dame

Nov. 6, 2009

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball squad lost a hard fought match, 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-13), to Notre Dame Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

"That's what we continue to do all season, come out hot and then just kind of fade," head coach Bond Shymansky said. "We had a great game three and we're just struggling with closing. When the chips get down for us we really get tested in a lot of ways. We need to learn how to come together stronger as a team and close somebody out."

Providing strong defense along with her usual kill numbers, sophomore Ashley Beyer recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs. Junior setter Nikki Klingsporn set a career high with five blocks and middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo provided 11 kills with a .500 (11-2-18) hitting percentage.

Marquette never trailed in the first set, pulling out at 25-21 victory against the Fighting Irish. Marquette pulled away from a 17-17 tie with back-to-back kills by Beyer and Gonyo. The Golden Eagles had a balanced attack in the first, with three kills apiece from Beyer, Gonyo and junior Leslie Bielski.

Both squads exchanged the lead eight times early in the second set, but Notre Dame pulled away and never trailed after a 12-12 tie. Notre Dame took the lead at 13-12 with a kill by Serenity Phillips and won the set 25-18. The Golden Eagles hit .087 (13-9-46) in the frame, while the Irish hit .308 (15-3-39).

The lead changed 13 times in the third set, but Notre Dame took a 26-24 victory after a 24-24 tie. The Golden Eagles stood their ground with an impressive 17 kills with five coming from Beyer. The Fighting Irish had eight blocks in the set and were led by Kristen Dealy's five kills.

The Fighting Irish started the fourth set with a 5-0 run, but the Golden Eagles fired back with a 7-2 run of their own to tie that game at 7-7. After five lead changes, the Fighting Irish held Marquette to 13 points in a 25-13 victory. Christina Kaelin led the Irish with five kills in the set.

Notre Dame was led by Kaelin's 17 kills on 40 attacks and by Dealy's 16 kills on 42 total attacks.

The Golden Eagles will return to action Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center against DePaul at 2 p.m.

The match will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable's Sports32 on the following dates and times:

Sun., Nov. 8 (4-6 p.m.)
Mon., Nov. 9 (7-9 p.m.)
Tues., Nov. 10 (1:30-3:30 p.m.)
Wed., Nov. 11 (9-11 a.m.)
Thurs., Nov. 12 (7-9 p.m.)
Fri., Nov. 13 (2-4 p.m.)

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