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Minor setback

October 12, 2011

You can look at Marquette’s loss to Middle Tennessee last night in one of two ways.

1) This was a terrible loss that hurts momentum and worst of all hurts their RPI. After all, had Marquette won one more game last season, I’m especially talking about the Creighton game, they would have made the NCAA Tournament. This loss is not to a bad team, but by no means is it to a great team like Minnesota or Northern Iowa. You simply can’t lose games like that if you want to make the move to the next level.

2) While the loss hurts, it might actually be a good thing in the long run. Sure, losing will hurt your RPI a bit, but it was on the road and Middle Tennessee had an 8 match winning streak going. This loss might actually help Marquette by knocking them down a peg and showing that nothing is given to them. Just because they are doing well at the moment doesn’t mean they can sit back and relax. The Golden Eagles must always come out ready for a battle, and this match will be used as evidence by Bond and the coaching staff for the rest of the year.

I tend to side with the second position more than the first. It’s a road non-conference loss. Not the end of the world. Better to regroup now while there is still ample time than when it’s too late.

Here’s the recap of the match from GoMrquette:

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team dropped a 25-22, 25-19, 26-24 decision to Middle Tennessee Tuesday evening at the Alumni Memorial Gym in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Golden Eagles fall to 15-5 on the season and were led by 11 kills from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer, while classmate Ciara Jones had eight. Freshman setter Chelsea Heiernotched 30 assists and sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski had 15 digs.

Junior outside hitter Ashley Adams led Middle Tennessee (9-9 overall) with 16 kills, while redshirt senior Alyssa Wistrick had 13 for the Blue Raiders. Adams and Wistrick led Middle Tennessee with 14 kills apiece in the previous matchup, a 3-1 Marquette win at the Al McGuire Center on Sept. 16.

The loss snaps a six-match winning streak for the Golden Eagles, who had taken 12 straight sets entering the match and had won 12 of 13 matches overall. It is the first time MU has been swept this season.



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