Holly Mertens had a team high 13 kills to celebrate her Big East Player of the Week award and Kelsey Mattai connected on 12 of 14 attacks without committing an error as Marquette defeated Pittsburgh 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 25-13) last night at the Al McGuire Center. Marquette moves to 4-0 in Big East play and 13-3 overall while the Panthers fall to 1-4 and 10-9. The win is the 250th of Coach Bond Shymansky's career, moving him to 250-99 overall and 87-35 with Marquette.
The first set was a back and forth affair that ended when Pitt's Delany Clesen committed a service error and Elizabeth Koberstein followed it up with an ace for Marquette's 25th point. In the second set, Pitt built a 19-15 lead on a Mechael Guess kill. Three straight attack errors by the Panthers, including two by Guess allowed Marquette to come roaring back and tie on a Mattai kill. It took Marquette two tries at set point, but eventually Erin Lehman put it away for the Golden Eagles.
Pitt went on a 6-0 run early in the third set to take a 10-4 lead. MU was able to rally and tie it at 12 and even take a 15-12 lead on a Lindsey Gosh kill, but they couldn't hold on to it. Pitt came back and took their first set off of Marquette in their last 12 tries. Coach Shymansky must have pointed this out to the team inbetween sets as they came out with ferocity, taking a 15-5 lead in the fourth set and ran away and hid for the match victory.
Koberstein had 47 assists on the night before getting subbed out with the score at 20-8 in the fourth set. Four different Golden Eagles had double digit digs, led by Julie Jeziorowski with 17. Mattai showed accuracy on the defensive end as well, tallying a team high five blocks.
Up Next: South Florida is in the Al McGuire Center starting at 2pm tomorrow.