Marquette Tops Northern Colorado, 3-1

Mary Nilles had a career night for MU
Sept. 11, 2015

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LARAMIE, Wyo.-- The Marquette University women's volleyball team had a quick turnaround and bounced back to defeat Northern Colorado, 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21) at the Pistol Pete Showdown hosted by the University of Wyoming on Friday evening.

The Golden Eagles (6-2) were led offensively by redshirt freshmen Taylor Louis and Jenna Rosenthal who tallied 25 and 16 kills, respectively. Rosenthal's kills were a career high and she also hit .538 with just two errors and added six blocks. Redshirt junior Mary Nilles stepped in at setter and notched a double-double with 50 assists and 15 digs, both career bests, while junior Lauren Houg collected 24 digs. Freshman Riley Burchett and junior Ellen Hays posted 11 and 10 digs, respectively.

Marquette made quick work of the Bears in the first two sets and nearly completed a three-set sweep, but two kills from Northern Colorado pushed the match to a fourth set. The Golden Eagles held a 13-8 lead after an error from the Bears, but UNC kept the pressure on and trailed by just one point, 21-20, which forced MU to call its final timeout. A kill from Louis and attack error from the Bears helped Marquette score the final two points for the match victory.

Northern Colorado (2-5) was led by Kendra Cunningham and Katie Champion with 17 and 12 kills, apiece.

The Golden Eagles conclude Pistol Pete's Showdown on Saturday morning as they face No. 22 Kansas at 11:30 a.m. CT.





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