Marquette Falls To Wisconsin In Spring Matchup
April 11, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s volleyball team continued its spring slate on Saturday afternoon, falling to in-state foe, Wisconsin, 3-1 (16-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-11) at the UW Field House in Madison.
“Overall we saw some of our best volleyball and some of our worst volleyball,” said head coach Ryan Theis. “Our offense and defense was clicking in the first set, and blocking held strong in the second set but it wasn’t enough.”
Once again, Taylor Louis led the offensive charge for the Golden Eagles, tallying 12 kills during the contest. Sara Blasier recorded 26 of MU’s 28 assists in the match, and also added two digs. The defensive effort was led by Lauren Houg, who tallied 10 digs. Riley Burchett and Ellen Hays finished with seven digs each.
All-Americans Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson led the Badgers on Saturday. Carlini finished the day with 46 assists and added four kills, while Nelson tallied 14 kills and hit .467 on the day.
Marquette opened strong, allowing Wisconsin to hit at just a .062 clip, while using a pair of runs to open an early lead in the set they would not relinquish.
The Golden Eagles kept pace with the Badgers until midway through the second set, when UW opened up a 17-8 lead on the strength of a 7-0 run. MU hit -.103 in the set, while Wisconsin his .250 in the frame. The Badgers improved as the matchup continued, hitting .571 and .435 in the third and fourth set, respectively.
“I think we played well for about a third of the match,” said Theis, “and that ratio has come up over the course of the last three weeks of our spring season.”
The Golden Eagles will continue their spring slate when they take on Illinois on Saturday, Apr. 16 in Chicago at Mother McCauley High School, with first serve scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.
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