On Sunday afternoon, Marquette took the first two sets from Georgetown with relative ease, 25-14 and 25-18. Marquette took leads of 3-0 and 8-2 in the first set and never looked back while outhitting the Hoyas, .324 to .065. Things stayed closer early in the second set, but a 4-0 run by the Golden Eagles featuring two kills by Lindsey Gosh put the frame away for the home team.
The third set, hoo boy.
After a 4-0 Hoyas run that was powered by two kills from Lauren Saar, Georgetown led 16-10 and things started to look like there would be a fourth set. But Georgetown would commit three attack errors, a ball handling error, and a service error to let Marquette back in the match. But still, the Hoyas held a 24-21 lead on a kill from Ashlie Williams. All they needed was one of the next three points and Georgetown would force a fourth set.
They didn't get it.
A block by Gosh and Teal Schnurr was followed by two kills from Autumn Bailey, and suddenly things were tied at 24 and extra points would be necessary. Georgetown would move to set point three more times, but each time, Marquette stopped them from winning two points in a row. Finally Marquette had a chance at set and match point on a Meghan Niemann kill, and Marquette went right back to Niemann, their most accurate attacker, for the match point.
Bailey led Marquette with a match high 18 kills, and she added 11 digs for yet another double-double for the standout freshman. Saar had 11 kills to pace the Hoyas. Elizabeth Koberstein had a mind boggling 41 assists in just three sets.
Marquette moves to 7-1 in Big East action after going 3-0 on the weekend. Creighton and Xavier were off yesterday, so Marquette has an extra win in their pocket in addition to having one fewer loss than both the Bluejays and the Musketeers. Since suffering their first Big East loss at Creighton, the Golden Eagles have reeled off 12 consecutive set victories.
Up Next: Marquette heads out on the road next weekend with matches on consecutive days, starting with a trip to Butler (18-5, 5-3) on Friday night.