Marquette Outlasts Miami, 3-2
Sept. 5, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The Marquette University women's volleyball played its second consecutive five-set match and pulled out a 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 15-11) victory over the University of Miami on Saturday afternoon at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational.
The Golden Eagles (4-1) were led by redshirt freshman Taylor Louis with 27 kills and 11 digs for her second straight double-double performance, while junior Joy Miley smashed an MU-career-best 12 kills against the Hurricanes. Redshirt junior Meghan Niemann posted eight blocks, while junior Lauren Houg collected a match-high 29 digs. Junior Sara Blasier handed out 49 assists.
Miami (3-2) was led by Olga Strantzali with 24 kills, while four players recorded double digits digs.
After dropping the first set, the Golden Eagles came back to win the next two frames before Miami took care of business and forced a fifth and final set. The score was tied four times before reaching 7-7, but two consecutive attack errors from the Hurricanes sent the squad to a bench for a timeout. After the break, MU scored points off of a Louis kill and another attack error from Miami, but head coach Ryan Theis called his first timeout when his team led by just one point, 11-10. Louis smashed two kills and the Hurricanes committed errors for the final points of the set as MU won its first match of the Invitational.
The Golden Eagles will conclude the tournament at 7:30 p.m. tonight against the host, Missouri State. That match will air live on ESPN3.
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