ESCANABA - Using a relentless, as well as balanced attack, the Marquette Redettes showed how good they can be on the volleyball court in a three-set 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 Great Northern Conference victory over host Escanaba Thursday night.
Firing on all cylinders, the Redettes were aggressive and persistent at up front. Even when the Eskymos were able to dig up kill attempts, the Redettes reeled up another one and sent it soaring for a score.
"They were in attack mode tonight," Marquette coach Sara Peura said. "And I think that's Marquette volleyball."
It mattered little if it was Hunter Viitala, Emily Boyle or Angela Brown. All were capable of hitting aggressively at the net and all were in the game from the start.
"They did fantastic. They really pulled it together tonight and they wanted it," Peura said. "They played together as a team, so I'm really proud of them."
Serving and communication errors plagued Escanaba. Eskymos coach Bron Harmon estimated nearly a dozen points were given away in the first set.
"We really put ourselves in a hole in the first set with poor serving. We probably missed about 10 serves and that slows everything down," she said. "When you can't get any rhythm on serves, it puts a wrench in the whole thing."
The Eskymos did have aggressive hitting from Alliyah Edwards and Sydney Gafner, but accuracy was an issue. Multiple balls were off the mark and went out of bounds.
"We had too many hitting errors, which means we were a little anxious," Harmon said. "But Marquette is playing very well this year and I give them a lot of credit."
After taking the first set handily, Marquette held a 19-10 lead in the second before Escanaba nearly rallied with a 7-0 run led by Ashley Cook to pull within 19-15.
The Redettes, however, regrouped and a 4-0 service run by Viitala ended the set.
The Eskymos were again playing catchup in the third set, as an early 7-0 run by Brown put the Redettes in front 8-1.
When the Eskymos started to battle back with a 4-0 run to pull within 15-13, Marquette simply answered with a 4-0 run of its own, never giving up the lead in any of the three sets and rolling on to win.
"We do a lot of drills where the whole team has to be able to compete. They really showed it tonight and stayed together as a group versus playing as individuals," Peura said.
Escanaba's Jade Heliin left the game favoring her ankle during the first set.