Marquette Falters at Creighton, 3-0
Sept. 23, 2016
OMAHA, Neb.-- Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis and freshman Allie Barber each recorded double digit kills with 13, but the Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped its BIG EAST Conference opener on Friday night with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) loss at Creighton.
Barber's 13 kills was a career-high and she ended the match with just one error as she hit .571. Senior setter Sara Blasier dished out 28 assists, while classmate Laure Houg collected 17 digs. Marquette (10-3, 0-1) posted just two team blocks in the match on solo blocks from redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal.
Jaali Winters led Creighton (7-6, 1-0) with 12 kills, while Taryn Cloth and Lauren Smith each notched 10.
"I thought Creighton played great tonight," head coach Ryan Theis said. "I think the issue on our end was how we practiced on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We didn't get better this week and it showed."
MU got off to a slow start in the first set as Creighton rolled out to a 6-1 lead before the Golden Eagles' offense began clicking. Louis tallied five of Marquette's eight kills in the frame. After Creighton reached set point at 24-19, Marquette held the Jay's off with four consecutive points before dropping the frame, 25-22.
In the second set, MU was tied with the Jays, 3-3, but Creighton rattled off three unanswered points to take a 6-3 lead and forced the Golden Eagles to call timeout. It was a repeat of the first set as Creighton took set point at 24-20, but Marquette kept fighting for two points before the Bluejays landed a kill to go ahead 2-0 in the match.
The third set opened like the first two as Creighton jumped out to an early lead. Marquette's offense could not find the floor and totaled five errors in the frame to hit just .161. Trailing 9-3, MU called its first timeout after three consecutive kills from the Bluejays, and burned through the second timeout, trailing 19-13. Senior Meghan Niemann landed a kill and Louis connected on back-to-back attempts, but a service error finished the match as Creighton won, 25-18.
The Golden Eagles continue their road trip and will travel to Providence on Sunday, Sept. 25 for a Noon Central time contest.
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