Marquette Sweeps (RV) American in D.C.

Courtney Kintzel, Teal Schnurr and Autumn Bailey (left to right) played a large part in the victory.
Sept. 5, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by a match-high 15 kills from sophomore Autumn Bailey, the Marquette University women's volleyball team swept American 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 on Friday evening at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.

"We are becoming more familiar," Marquette first-year head coach Ryan Theis said. "We are still learning and although we've got a bulk of hitters returned, we still have two new setters and DS-libero situations going. I think we took some steps forward today in our balanced offense. We had a nice first set blocking and we are getting better. We were pretty efficient today, hitting .288."

The Golden Eagles (3-1) hit a combined .288 as a team, while Bailey hit .394 (15-2-33) and redshirt junior Courtney Kintzel hit .500 (5-0-10). Sophomore Nele Barber posted nine kills on the night, while freshman Gabby Benda, making her first start at setter, notched a career-best 24 assists. Libero Lauren Houg also had a career-high 17 digs in the win.

"I thought that our in-system game would create seams and it did," Theis said. "If we get six attackers going we are a handful and I think that happened a little bit. Both rights were efficient and both lefts were scoring and the middles were up in transition. It is as much balance as we can get and when Autumn is that efficient, she is going to get 15 kills, she hit almost a .400."

American (3-1), a team receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll, was led by nine kills and three blocks from senior middle blocker Kelly McCaddin. The Eagles hit just .076 in the match with a set-high hitting percentage of .111 (9-5-36) in the second frame.

With American leading 12-11 midway through the first set, the Golden Eagles used a 7-1 run to wrest a 19-13 advantage and eventually held on for the 25-20 win. AU cut the deficit to two points, 21-19, but could not overcome a .045 hitting percentage.  Bailey, who ended the frame with a kill off an overpass, led the squad in the opening stanza with five kills as the MU hit .275 as a team.

The Golden Eagles controlled play through much of the second set as Bailey once again led the way with a set-high six kills. Marquette withstood an American run as the Eagles pulled to within three, 19-16, before MU took the frame 25-19.

Hitting a match-high .306 in the third and final frame, Marquette finished off the sweep with its largest margin of victory, 25-16. Bailey and Barber each posted a set-high four kills in the third.

All four matches for the Golden Eagles this season have gone just three sets.

Marquette returns to action at noon CT against No. 8 Florida State (3-0) at Bender Arena, in the first match ever between the two programs.




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