There's an easy way to win volleyball games: Don't commit errors. Errors are automatic points for the opposition, and you never want to hand them free points. Marquette hit .382 while committing just four attacking errors all match en route to a 25-19, 25-12, 25-21 three set win over UW-Green Bay on Tuesday night. If you look at those three set scores, I bet you've already guessed that the Golden Eagles committed zero attacking errors in the second set.
The first set was nip and tuck through the first 24 points of the set with both sides tied at 12. A 5-1 run by the Golden Eagles, including two service aces from Lindsey Gosh, gave MU a little bit of breathing room and they were able to close things out easily. Four kills from four different Marquette players off the top of the second set opened the door for MU to run away and hide for the second set win.
Marquette opened up an identical 4-0 lead in the third set, but that one was powered by three attacking errors by the Phoenix. When the Golden Eagles opened up leads of 11-4 and then 16-8, it looked like the third set was going to go a lot like the second one. At 21-15, MU head coach Bond Shymansky shifted his personnel slightly, subbing Casey Read in for Autumn Bailey, and following Read getting an attack blocked, Rachel Stier in for Gosh. The Phoenix responded to MU taking their foot off the gas by pulling within two points at 21-19. That brought Bailey back into the game, who immediately provided MU with a kill. The two teams traded points, bringing things to 24-21 before an attack error by GB's Shannon Hurley ended things with a Marquette win.
Bailey was a terror against the Phoenix, recording a match high 11 kills on an error free 18 attacks. Marquette spread the points around, with five different Golden Eagles recording at least four kills. Elizabeth Koberstein had a quiet night, recording 29 assists on 38 Marquette kills. Julie Jeziorowski was a golden blur on the backline, recording 20 digs to add to her all time program record.
Up Next: The next match is on Friday, so it must be time for Marquette to play a top five ranked team. #4 Florida (9-1) rolls into town on Friday night for the Marquette Invitational.