Volleyball Sweeps Jacksonville in 59 Minutes
Sept. 21, 2014
OVIEDO, Fla. – The Marquette University women's volleyball team made quick work of Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Dolphins, 25-8, 25-12, 25-15, in 59 minutes at Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Florida.
“I thought we were efficient and passing did a nice job getting our offense going,” Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. “Setting was good today and everything got rolling and we kept pressure on them the whole time. It was a really efficient performance and I was glad to see us execute after back-to-back five gamers. They were affected by travels too so it was good to see us execute pretty well.”
The Golden Eagles (9-3) hit 526 in the win and were led by sophomore Autumn Bailey, who hit .591 with 14 kills and 10 digs for her third double-double of the weekend. Bailey’s classmate Nele Barber also reached double digits with 11 kills and hit .562.
Freshman setter Gabby Benda led the MU offense with 28 assists and also posted seven digs and a pair of service aces.
“I’m happy that through the course of this weekend we grew as a team,” Theis said. “You always want to have won a five-game match before the start of conference play so you have some confidence in it. If you are down and come from behind like 1-0 or 2-1 and come back to win in five, that is even better.”
Sammie Strausbaugh led the Dolphins (8-6) with nine kills, but JU hit just .026 in the loss with 17 kills and 15 hitting errors. MU posted 30 more kills than Jacksonville on the afternoon and at least 14 in each set.
Marquette jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first with libero Lauren Houg serving and closed out the frame with Bailey at the service line for six-straight points. MU hit .462 to open the match and was led by five kills from Barber.
The second stanza was a bit tighter as the Golden Eagles led just 7-6 before MU ripped off eight of the next 10 points for a 15-8 edge and a JU timeout. Bailey hit .750 in the second with six kills and no errors on eight swings.
MU closed out the match by hitting .500 with a match-high 18 kills, led by Bailey’s five.
The Golden Eagles begin BIG EAST Conference play on Friday, Sept. 26 at Providence.
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