Marquette Sweeps Providence, 3-0
Sept. 25, 2016
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Tallying two block assists, redshirt senior Meghan Niemann has tied Marquette volleyball's all-time block assists record with 364 in her career, as the Golden Eagles swept Providence (25-21, 25-14, 25-18) on Sunday afternoon.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis led Marquette (11-3, 1-1) with 14 kills and a .464 hitting percentage, while Niemann and redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal each recorded eight kills, while Niemann hit a .421 clip.
Senior Sara Blasier had a strong all-around match with her sixth double-double on the season as she dished 32 assists with 17 digs and landed five kills to hit .571, while classmate Lauren Houg also collected 17 digs.
Providence lead to open the first set, but after MU called a timeout, trailing 16-12, the Golden Eagles came out of the break with a 5-1 run to tie the score at 17. A kill from Niemann put MU in front, 19-18, and extended the lead to 22-20 after Rosenthal found the floor for a kill to end a long rally. A block from Rosenthal and Louis gave Marquette the win in the first set, 25-21.
MU got off to a quick start in the second set and jumped out to an 11-5 lead after freshman Madeline Mosher served an ace. Niemann's seventh kill of the match helped extend the Golden Eagles' lead to 20-11, which forced Providence to take its final timeout, while a PC service ace gave MU the win, 25-14. Marquette had just one error in the frame and hit a blistering .519, while holding the Friars to just a .189 clip.
Marquette took command of the third set after Louis slammed consecutive kills helping MU to a 15-11 lead and forced PC into its final timeout. Redshirt freshman Abby Julian came in as Marquette had match point, 24-18 and served an ace, which gave the Golden Eagles the sweep over Providence.
MU hit .349 in the match, while holding the Friars to a .183 hitting percentage and tallied 62 total digs.
The Golden Eagles will return home to the Al McGuire Center on Friday, Sept. 30 to host Georgetown at 7 p.m. Central time.
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