Marquette Athletics Weekly Report

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The Week in Review ...

Volleyball (8-7, 2-2 BIG EAST)

? On Friday, the Marquette volleyball team won its second BIG EAST match in the Al McGuire Center, defeating DePaul, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-24). Senior outside hitter Theresa Coughlin, junior outside hitter Jamie Mueller and sophomore outside hitter Kim Todd led the Golden Eagles with 11 kills apiece. Marquette team fell to no. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday, 3-1 (24-30, 30-28, 21-30, 27-30) in the Al McGuire Center in front of a record breaking crowd of 1,074 fans. Coughlin and Mueller ended the day with double-doubles as senior outside hitter Theresa Coughlin registered 21 kills and 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the season, while Mueller tallied 13 kills and 20 digs.

Women?s Soccer (11-1-1, 4-1 BIG EAST)

? The Marquette women?s soccer team, ranked as high as no. 15 by Soccer Buzz, earned one of the greatest wins in program history on Friday, defeating fifth-ranked and 2004 NCAA champion Notre Dame, 4-1, in front of a record crowd of 2,034 at Valley Fields. The contest marked the first time that a Marquette team had ever hosted a defending national champion in any sport. After an early Notre Dame goal, junior midfielder Meghan Connelly struck for MU?s first goal and junior forward Alison Loughrin connected for two scores to give Marquette a 3-1 lead by the half. Senior forward Julie Thompson added the final tally in the second half. On Sunday, Marquette won its third consecutive match, downing DePaul 1-0 at Valley Fields. The lone goal in the match came in the 16th minute, as sophomore forward Christy Zwolski headed in a corner kick from freshman defender Katie Kelly.

Men?s Soccer (4-4-1, 1-3-1 BIG EAST)

? The men?s soccer squad, a team that has faced difficult competition through its young season, faced its fourth nationally-ranked opponent in nine matches. Despite the tough competition, the Golden Eagles struggled for the first time this year allowing multiple goals in a 6-0 loss to 13th-ranked Connecticut, a team that was ranked no. 1 at one point this season. Connecticut took a 4-0 lead by the end of the first half and was able to extend its lead based on the fact that the Marquette offense pushed up so much in an effort to get back in the game.

Cross Country

? The Marquette cross country teams competed at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, in Chicago, Ill. On the women?s side, the No. 22 ranked Golden Eagles captured the team title in the Gold race, totaling 54 points. Sophomore Cassie Peller was the first Marquette finisher, crossing the line in fourth place overall. For the men, the Golden Eagles finished 11th overall. Host Loyola (Ill.) won the team title with 81 points. Kyle Saginus was the top Marquette finisher, crossing the line in 14th place.

Women?s Tennis

? The Marquette women?s tennis team wrapped up competition at the Wolverine Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan. Sophomore Erin Watkins advanced to the consolation finals in the blue singles flight, but dropped a close match to Michigan?s Allie Shafner, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Playing in the maize flight, junior Dominika Dabrowski also picked up a win on the final day, rebounding after losing her first set and to defeat Cincinnati?s Elizabeth Young in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5).

Games to Watch ...

Wednesday, October 5

? The Marquette men?s soccer team begins a three-match home stand, taking on Notre Dame at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields.

Friday, October 7

? The men?s tennis team takes part in the Wisconsin Fall Invitational.
? Women?s soccer takes begins a four-match road trip, taking on no. 21 West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. at 7 p.m. EDT.

Saturday, October 8

? The men?s tennis team continues play at the Wisconsin Fall Invitational.
? Volleyball takes its turn in Morgantown, W.Va., playing West Virginia at 2 p.m. EDT.
? Men?s soccer hosts Pittsburgh in BIG EAST action at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields.

Sunday, October 9

? Men?s tennis concludes the Wisconsin Fall Invitational.
? Women?s soccer and volleyball both play at Pittsburgh, with the women?s soccer team getting underway at 1 p.m. EDT and the volleyball team beginning at 2 p.m. EDT.

National Rankings ...

Women?s Soccer ? 15th (Soccer Buzz)
Women?s Cross Country ? 22nd (Finishlynx)

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