Marquette's seniors came up big as the Golden Eagles won in straight sets over the Broncos on Tuesday night.
Danielle Carlson, Kelsey Mattai, and Holly Mertens all had double digit kills to power Marquette to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) win over Western Michigan. Carlson led the senior trio with 14 kills, while Mattai was the most efficient with at .643 hitting percentage and five blocks as well.
Marquette started out the first set by building an 8-4 lead before building that out to 14-7 after Mattai and and Erin Lehman teamed up for a block. But WMU must have remembered how they dropped the first set to MU last year before winning the last three sets, because they came roaring back to tie the set at 17. It was nip and tuck the rest of the way before Mattai and Lehman teamed up again for a block and an attack error by WMU's Carlee Berland gave MU the first set.
The story of the second set was Marquette's blocking. Marquette had four players team contribute to five team blocks in the set as Marquette slowly built a six point lead late in the set at 23-17 before holding on for a three point win.
Carlson had five kills in the third as the Golden Eagles built leads of 3-0, 7-3, and 14-9 before Mattai closed out the set and match with a kill on Elizabeth Koberstein's 42nd assist of the match.
Marquette moves to 15-3 overall on the season while Western Michigan falls to 11-8.
Up Next: It's another road trip for Coach Bond Shymansky's squad, as they head out for two matches in New Jersey this weekend, starting with Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon.