Marquette Blanks IUPUI, 3-0
Sept. 2, 2016
WICHITA, Kansas--The Marquette women's volleyball team opened the Shocker Volleyball Classic on a high note as the squad swept IUPUI, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-15) on Friday evening at Charles Koch Arena.
Marquette (3-1) was led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis with a match-high 18 kills and a .444 hitting percentage. Classmate Jenna Rosenthal and redshirt freshman Amanda Green also had strong attack performances with eight and six kills, respectively and no errors. As a team the Golden Eagles combined to hit .357, while holding IUPUI to just .079.
Senior Sara Blasier dished out 34 assists, while classmate Lauren Houg collected 20 digs. Junior Manon Geoffroy tallied 10 digs, her second back with double-digit kills and senior Ellen Hays posted eight.
"I really liked our balance tonight," head coach Ryan Theis said. "We need to get points out of multiple people and I think we did that. It was a good start for us."
MU got out to a 9-4 lead in the first set, which forced the Jaguars into a timeout, but the Golden Eagles stayed strong out of the break and took the first set on a miscue from IUPUI.
It was a strong stat for Marquette in the second frame as well, as the Jaguars took their first timeout early in the set trailing, 14-8 after Louis landed a kill. Hays served five points for the Golden Eagles as they closed out the second set with a 6-1 run.
The Jaguars got on the board first in the third set, but MU quickly established control, bounding out to a 10-6 lead before the first Jaguars' timeout. Houg served for four points, including kills from Rosenthal and Blasier, while Abby Julian saw her first match in the Blue and Gold and served two points before the Golden Eagles closed out the match on an error from IUPUI.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 3, for two matches. MU will open the day against Cincinnati and 10 a.m. Central time before concluding the tournament against the host Shockers at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match against Wichita State will stream live on ESPN3
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