MILWAUKEE - Junior Jessica Wolfe had 19 kills and nine digs while senior Porshia Allen and sophomore Maureen Bamiro each added 13 kills but Marquette edged the Butler volleyball team, 3-1, Friday evening at the Marquette Volleyball Tournament. BU won the third set after falling behind 2-0, and MU took the fourth and decisive set.
Freshman Gina Vera had a career-high 47 assists, helping the Bulldogs hit .320 in the contest. However, Marquette's balanced attack was just good enough to keep BU at bay.
"We played much better tonight that we did earlier in the day," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We just couldn't grab the last couple of points to finish each set."
The two teams traded points early in the first set, with Butler inching forward with a 13-12 lead. Marquette rallied with a 5-1 run, taking a 17-14 lead. The Golden Eagles wouldn't trail again, winning the first set 25-21.
The second set was the tightest of the night. Neither team would lead by more than two until Marquette built a 23-20 lead. BU answered and would force set point at 25-24, but Marquette rallied after a timeout. MU would go on to win the second set 28-26.
Butler (4-3), which was swept by Austin Peay earlier in the day, avoided another shutout by winning the third set. Marquette built a 23-21 lead and appeared to be in control, but the Bulldogs stormed back. The Bulldogs tied the set at 24 before a pair of blocks clinched the set and kept BU alive.
In the third set, Marquette jumped out to an early lead before Butler came back to tie the set at 12. Later in the set, MU got a pair of service aces from Rabbecka Gonyo to take a 23-17 lead. Marquette would go on to take the set 25-20.
"Marquette played hard," Clark said. "They had some great outside hitters and they played well in the middle as well."
Marquette (4-1) got 16 kills and 13 assists from Ashley Beyer, while Gonyo had a team-high 17 kills. MU setter Nikki Klingsporn handed out 58 assists.
BU continues play at Marquette this weekend with a couple of matches Saturday, Sept. 5. BU takes on Binghamton at 12 p.m. and closes the tourney against Texas State at 6:30 p.m.