Marquette Knocks Down Kentucky, 3-1
Sept. 9, 2016
LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Marquette women’s volleyball team finished day one of the Bluegrass Battle on a high note as the squad took down tournament host Kentucky, 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17) on Friday evening at Memorial Coliseum.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis had an excellent day as she recorded her third double-double of the season with a season-best 20 kills and matched a career-high with 16 digs. She hit a .375 clip and added two blocks. Redshirt senior Meghan Niemann was also stellar offensively as she hit 11 kills and a .391 hitting percentage, and also recorded four blocks.
Marquette (6-2) combined to hit .303, while holding the Wildcats to .193.
In the first set, Marquette got on the board first with a kill from Niemann and did not look back. Louis slammed down a kill, which extended MU’s lead to 23-19 and forced Kentucky to call its last timeout. Louis and Niemann teamed for a block to give the Golden Eagles set point, 24-19 and a kill from Louis wrapped up the win, 25-21. Marquette hit .289 as a team, while Louis and Niemann landed six and four kills, respectively.
After falling 25-19 in the second set, MU stormed into the third frame with a 12-2 lead that had UK burn through both timeouts in that stretch. Niemann found the floor to give MU set point, 24-15, and a miscue from the Wildcats ended the set as Marquette won, 25-18.
Marquette moved through the fourth set and after the set was even at 6-6, the Golden Eagles used a 7-3 run and took a 13-9 lead heading into a Kentucky timeout. Joy Miley found the floor for a kill, to set up match point at 24-17, and the Golden Eagles won the match on a final miscue from the Wildcats.
The Golden Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. Central time when the squad takes on Virginia in the final match of the Bluegrass Battle.
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