In the 76th match between UWM and Marquette, the Golden Eagles came away victorious for the seventh straight time. Marquette won in straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-14.
Marquette was led by 13 kills from junior outside hitter Lindsey Gosh, who also racked up six service aces. She leads the Big East in that latter category, and Gosh has moved into the top 10 in hitting percentage as well. I don't know whether to credit head coach Bond Shymansky for long term player development, or the offseason addition of assistant coaches Jason Allen and Jackie Simpson for fresh eyes providing minor tweaks, but Gosh has dramatically improved her striking accuracy since last season. Her attack error rate is down from 12.4% last year to 9% this year. While Gosh is still committing more service errors than scoring aces, the ratio has fallen from 1.96 errors per ace to 1.5 errors/ace, and she already has 22 aces this season through nine matches after recording 51 all of last season.
While the set scores look like it was an easy victory for MU, it's not entirely true. Marquette slowly pulled away two and three points at a time in the first and third sets, but the second set was a different story. UWM built a lead at 11-6 and seemed to have turned the tables from the first set. That's when Marquette went on a 15-3 run, leaving the score at 21-14 and putting the Golden Eagles firmly in the driver's seat for the rest of the set. Gosh was a driving force in the run, scoring two kills, two aces, and partnering with Meghan Niemann on two blocks.
Marquette improves their record to 6-4 on the season, as they've beaten every non-ranked team they've faced, but lost to all four ranked opponents. Gosh was named to the all-Marquette Invitational team, as was MU libero Julie Jeziorowski. Florida was declared the winner of the Invitational, as they picked up wins over both UWM and Marquette.
Up Next: Illinois State (9-3) comes in to the McGuire Center on Wednesday night for one last non-conference match before the start of the Big East schedule this coming weekend.