Fruitless Big East raodtrip

The Marquette women’s volleyball team dropped two road games this past weekend to get its Big East season off to an inauspicious start.

The Golden Eagles (7-7, 0-2 Big East) traveled to South Florida to open up conference play but were unable to come away with a victory, failing to even take a set against the Bulls (25-21, 25-20, 25-23).

Junior outside hitter Ciara Jones led the team with 13 kills while senior middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo added 10 of her own. Marquette was without junior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, who suffered a shoulder injury in the Northwestern Invitational a week ago. Freshman outside hitter Casey Read recorded eight kills and nine digs in her first collegiate start, replacing Beyer.

Things looked brighter for Marquette against Georgetown, up two sets to one and holding an 11-2 lead in the fourth set when the wheels came off. The Golden Eagles only mustered four kills and hit an abysmal -.036 in the set. They would go on to lose the next set and the match (25-22, 24-26, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11).

Gonyo and Jones once again led the team with 12 kills each while Gonyo recorded a season high in blocks with nine. Senior Nikki Klingsporn notched 42 assists in the match.

The two losses drop Marquette to 0-6 on the road this season. It will look for its first Big East victory on Friday at Villanova.