No. 18 Colorado State Sweeps Marquette

Lindsey Gosh received all-tournament recognition as MU finished as runner-up.
Aug. 31, 2014

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team suffered a 25-15, 25-20, 25-16 sweep at the hands of No. 18 Colorado State on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Rams Volleyball Classic at Moby Arena.

The (RV) Golden Eagles (2-1) hit just .101 (29-19-99) as a team in the loss and received a squad-best eight kills from redshirt junior Courtney Kintzel. Marquette also saw sophomore libero Lauren Houg notch another career-high with 15 digs.

Senior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh and redshirt junior middle hitter Meghan Niemann both earned all-tournament honors for their performances in this weekend’s three matches.

"Colorado State plays really good defense both at the block and behind it, so when you don’t get any free kills, it is hard," said Marquette head coach Ryan Theis. "They played good defense and served well. When we don’t pass and set very well, hitting becomes very hard." 

The Rams (3-0), who controlled play throughout the afternoon, were led by nine kills from Marlee Reynolds while Adrianna Culbert and Kelsey Snider each landed eight. Snider earned most valuable player honors as CSU captured its seventh home tournament crown in a row.

“Colorado State is a really veteran team with four or five kids who have been playing for a long time," Theis said. "Their experience and their ability to play together was significantly better in all phases of the game. I think that in all six phases they were better in everyone today. You aren’t going to take sets off people when they are better at all six. I am disappointed and it just shows how far we have to go because we have a lot of nice pieces and we have to figure out how to play as a team better in big games.”

The Rams scored the first six points to open the match and built a 10-1 lead as Theis used both of his timeouts through the set’s first 11 points. Each of MU’s first two points in the opening set came on CSU service errors and the Golden Eagles struggled to a .000 hitting percentage in the frame with eight kills and eight attack errors.

A pair of consecutive kills from Bailey midway through the second set gave MU a 12-9 lead it was unable to hang onto. The Rams built a 17-15 edge before an MU timeout, and although Nele Barber pulled the Golden Eagles to within one, 20-19, CSU took five of the next six points for the win.

The Rams once again jumped out early in the third set, 11-3, and prevailed while hitting a combined .441 (17-2-34) in the frame.

The Golden Eagles are just 2-23 against top-25 teams since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005 and have dropped their last 11 contests to ranked foes.

Marquette will travel to Washington, D.C., for the American Volleyball Classic, on Sept. 5-6 in which they will take on No. 13 Florida State and No. 24 American, both NCAA Sweet 16 participants from a year ago.


 

 

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