Marquette dropped a heart breaker to 15th ranked Louisville on Sunday at the Al McGuire Center for their first Big East loss of the season.
The first set was an intense affair between two teams who clearly had something to prove. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Cardinals eventually came back to tie it at 14 and took a very brief lead before Marquette pulled away for a 25-20 lead. The Marquette back court of Julie Jeziorowski, Rachel Stier, and Cat Meyer were impressive in the first set: they were all over the court digging out Louisville attacks that I thought were certain kills. The three and setter Elizabeth Koberstein all broke double digit in digs for the match as the team tallied 84, one short of a season team high.
Louisville slowly took control of the second set for a 25-17 win. Although both teams owned a set, it was the third that ultimately decided the match. The Cardinals called timeout after a Danielle Carlson block put them down 13-15. Three points, two Carlson-Koberstein blocks, and a Carlson kill later, Louisville needed another timeout to regroup and Marquette seemed poised to take the set. The Eagles lead reached six points, but the Cardinals went on a 12-3 run out of the second timeout to take the set 25-21.
Louisville carried that momentum into the next set and put Marquette into a early hole. The Eagles got within 2 points, but defending Big East Player of the Year Lola Arslanbekova, who was relatively quiet in the third third, stepped up to kill any Marquette rally. She notched 8 kills (of her 22 overall), a block, and ace in the fourth which the Cardinals won 25-19 to take the match 3-1.
Below Bond Shymansky talks about the loss. The contest was also Marquette's Dig Pink match for the season. There is no word yet on if Marquette reached its fundraising goal: Shymansky would then coach the next home game on Nov 2 against UConn while wearing the student section's blue and gold overalls .