Louis' 28 kills leads MU past Missouri State, 3-1

Sept. 17, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - Behind 28 kills from redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis, the Marquette University women's volleyball team claimed a 3-1 victory over Missouri State on Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles (10-2) claimed the crown in the Marquette Invitational, which they hosted Friday and Saturday at the Al. MU also defeated Iowa State on Friday night and Milwaukee earlier Saturday afternoon.

Louis was named tournament MVP, while seniors Lauren Houg and Meghan Niemann were selected to the all-tournament team for the second straight week.

Senior setter Sara Blasier contributed eight kills, 42 assists, 10 digs and six blocks in the victory as MU hit a combined .269 for the match.

Along with Blasier, Niemann and redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal also added six blocks. Niemann now has 362 career assisted blocks and needs just two more to tie the record set by Martha Meyer (1994-97) and Rabbecka Gonyo (2007-10).

Niemann added 10 kills and hit .391, while Rosenthal landed eight kills and hit an even .500 clip.

The Golden Eagles had four record double digit digs paced by Houg's 24, senior Ellen Hays collected 13 digs and junior Manon Geoffroy tallied 11.

Missouri State (8-5) took the first set, 25-21, before Marquette responded to claim the final three in order 25-18, 25-13, 25-23 to take the contest. In the third set, Louis nailed 11 of her 28 kills and committed no errors, helping MU to a .350 hitting percentage combined as a team.

Lily Johnson led the Bears with 17 kills.

The Golden Eagles open BIG EAST Conference action on Friday night at Creighton with first serve slated for 7 p.m. Central time, airing live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.




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