Danielle Carlson had a big weekend for Marquette. - MarquetteImages.com
Marquette hit the 20 win plateau for the third consecutive season under head coach Bond Shymansky this weekend with wins over Georgetown and Villanova.
Danielle Carlson turned this weekend into a 50/50 proposition for Marquette's opponents. If Carlson was allowed to attack, it was 50/50 as to whether that was turning into a kill for the senior middle hitter. She hit .519 with just two errors in two matches while leading Marquette in kills in both, as the Golden Eagles picked up road wins against Georgetown and Villanova. The wins were number 19 and 20 on the season for Marquette, making this the third straight season and fourth season in program history that Marquette has earned 20 wins in a season.
The wins also keep Marquette in a three way tie for first place in the Big East with Louisville and Notre Dame. All three teams are tied at 10-1 with four matches left for each team. Marquette has a bit of an advantage, as they will play both teams for a second time this season in the last two matches of the conference schedule, but Louisville and Notre Dame will not play each other.
Marquette took the Friday night match with Georgetown 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 31-29, 25-18). Carlson had 16 kills and was joined in double digits by Holly Mertens (15) and Lindsey Gosh (13). Elizabeth Koberstein picked up a double-double with 50 assists and 12 digs. Carol Henney made her first appearance since September and recorded four kills on seven attacks and added a pair of blocks as well. The Hoyas were led by Dani White's 17 kills.
Marquette got through Villanova in much easier fashion on Sunday, sweeping the Wildcats 25-13, 25-16, and 25-23. A hitting percentage gap of .297 for MU and .107 for VU is largely responsible for the quick win. Carlson & Mertens both broke double digits in kills, while Lauren Carpenter led the Wildcats with just 10 kills.