No. 18 Colorado State Sweeps Marquette
Aug. 31, 2014
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.
"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.
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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