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Women's Volleyball: Marquette 3, TCU 1

Without a ranked team on the other side of the net and with the lineup back at full strength, MU shook off a shaky first set to pull their season record back to .500.

Lindsey Gosh bounced back from a slight knee injury with 15 kills against TCU.
Lindsey Gosh bounced back from a slight knee injury with 15 kills against TCU.

It looked like Marquette was suffering the effects of playing #3 USC on the previous day in the early goings of set #1. TCU built a 12-8 lead as the Golden Eagles committed five errors of various kinds. MU reorganized and got back into the set, eventually tying it at 18 on a Lindsey Gosh kill and taking a 19-18 lead on the next point as Nele Barber slammed it home. They couldn't get more of an advantage, though, and the Horned Frogs were able to pull away for a 25-23 win.

The Golden Eagles were able to hold on to how they got back in to set #1 and apply it to the rest of the match. They built a 9-4 lead early in the second and kept TCU at arms' length the rest of the way to win 25-20. In the third set, MU fired off six straight points, including two powerful service aces from Autumn Bailey, to quickly go up 8-2. TCU battled back to pull it within one at 13-12, but a 6-1 run from MU featuring two more kills from Bailey and three kills from Meghan Niemann pushed the lead back to six. MU was able to run away and hide to win the set at 25-15. That dominance carried over to the fourth set, as Marquette ran off the first six points and never led by less than three points en route to a 25-16 win to close out the match.

After a less than stellar performance against #3 USC, Autumn Bailey was back to her dominant form in this one. She finished with a match high 20 kills, 16 digs, and three aces on what looks an awful lot like a right handed version of Lindsey Gosh's powerful serve. Speaking of Gosh, while she missed the USC match with a tweaked knee, she was right back to her old self here, finishing with 15 kills. Elizabeth Koberstein tallied 55 assists on MU's 65 kills, and Julie Jeziorowski was a terror on the back line, recording 25 digs.

Bailey and Koberstein were both named to the All-Marquette Challenge team, as was TCU's Yvonne Igodan, who led the Horned Frogs with 11 kills in this one.

Up Next: Marquette dives back into the world of ranked opponents in their first match of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational. #1 Penn State (2-1) awaits on Friday morning, and the Golden Eagles will head back out onto the court on Friday evening against the hosting Eagles (0-5) as well.