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Marquette staves off South Florida, 3-2

With the Golden Eagles down 4-9 in the third set, a clearly unhappy Bond Shymansky called time out in effort to right his struggling team.

Marquette had easily taken the first set of the match. The second set had been more difficult: the Golden Eagles had fallen into a 0-3 hole early after a service error, center line violation, and Bulls kill. South Florida extended their lead to as many as five at three points in the set, but Marquette battled back to tie it at 23. Seven set points later, Marquette emerged the 31-29 victor .

The comeback sapped the Eagles as they opened the third set with a bevy of errors that led to Shymansky having his Hulk moment after Marquette lost track of its touches during a rally. South Florida eventually took the set 25-21: Marquette never got closer than 3. The fourth set stayed close early, but the Bulls broke away after three consecutive kills by Erin Fairs and forced a fifth set with a 25-18 win.

The teams traded points early in the fifth before Marquette got down to business: a Danielle Carlson-Holly Mertens block followed by a Mertens kill gave the Golden Eagles an 11-8 advantage. Throughout the match, the Golden Eagles' 21 service errors had been an eyebrow raiser, so Lindsey Gosh even tamped down the motion on her usually dynamic serve rather than risk another one in the match's final point. Marquette took the set, 15-12, for the 3-2 victory. Mertens, followed closely by Carlson (16) and Gosh (15), lead the team with 17 kills.

The Golden Eagles are now 14-3 overall with a perfect 5-0 record in the Big East. Post match video of Shymansky, Carlson, and Mertens is below.

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