Marquette Upsets No. 7 USC

Aug. 27, 2016

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LOS ANGELES-- Freshman Madeline Mosher put a stamp in her collegiate debut with the match-winning kill as the Marquette University women's volleyball team got the 2016 started off on a high note with an upset victory over No. 7 USC 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-22) in the season opener on Friday evening.

This was MU's (1-0) second victory over a top-10 opponent in program history after the Golden Eagles defeated No. 7 Florida in the 2014 campaign and the second consecutive season that the squad knocked off a top-25 opponent on the road to open the season as Marquette swept No. 21 Iowa State in the 2015 opener.

After dropping the first set, MU rallied to win three consecutive sets paced by 12 kills from redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis. The attack was balanced as redshirt senior Meghan Niemann and Mosher tallied seven kills each, while redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal and freshman Allie Barber each chipped in six kills.

Senior Sara Blasier dished out a match-high 31 assists, while libero Lauren Houg collected 13 digs and classmate Ellen Hays posted nine.

Barber and Niemann recorded five and four blocks, respectively in the victory.

The Golden Eagles dropped the first set, 25-16 behind four kills from Niemann and three from Louis. MU combined for nine hitting errors in the frame, while USC hit .381

Marquette turned the match around in the second frame as the squad had more efficient hitting with seven kills and no errors, while forcing the Women of Troy to commit 13 hitting errors. The Golden Eagles attack was balanced as they received two kills each from Rosenthal, Louis and freshman Madeline Mosher. After trailing 5-4 in the second set, MU took control and despite a 13-13 tie score, the Golden Eagles did not trail again in the set.

MU continued its momentum in the third set and jumped out to a quick 6-1 advantage early in the frame and did not give up the lead. USC threatened with small scoring runs, but the Golden Eagles remained in front by at least four points throughout the entire set. Louis totaled five kills, while Marquette got on the board with four team blocks and Niemann and Barber had three each.

The Golden Eagles capitalized on poor hitting from the Women of Troy again in the fourth and final set, as USC hit just .175 with seven combined errors as MU led the entire set. Blasier found the floor for a kill to give Marquette match point at 24-20, but USC scored two points in-a-row, which forced head coach Ryan Theis to call a timeout, but Mosher quickly netted the match-winning kill out of the break to secure the victory.

Marquette will continue play in the USC Baden Invitational on Saturday as the squad faces UC-Irvine at 2 p.m. Central time in the Galen Center with a short break before concluding weekend play against Santa Clara at 7 p.m. CT.




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