Danielle Carlson got the game winning kill for the Golden Eagles - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com
The Golden Eagles rebounded from their first loss in straight sets on Friday to sweep the Fighting Irish on Senior Day.
It was about as perfect of an ending that you could write for Senior Day. With Marquette needing just one point to close out a sweep over Notre Dame, setter Elizabeth Koberstein went to her most accurate hitter, senior Danielle Carlson. It took four tries at match point, but eventually Carlson was able to connect for her 1,000th career kill to give Marquette the 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 sweep.
The win, combined with Louisville's sweep of Cincinnati, locks Marquette into the 2 seed for the Big East Championship. The Golden Eagles will get their tournament run started this Friday against 7 seed Pittsburgh at 6pm at the Al McGuire Center. It's fitting that this is a first round match, as Pittsburgh was the originally scheduled host of the conference tournament before the Big East switched it to Marquette during the season.
Every Golden Eagle that recorded an attack for the match recorded at least 4 kills, led by Holly Mertens with 11. The team hit .317 for the match with a high point of .471 in the opening set.
Notre Dame was led by Toni Alugbue's 10 kills.