Volleyball Sweeps Providence to Begin BIG EAST Play

Sept. 26, 2014

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Marquette University women's volleyball team won its BIG EAST Conference opener for the fourth time in as many years with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-12 sweep over Providence at Alumni Hall in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey led the Golden Eagles (10-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) with 15 kills on .361 hitting, while senior Lindsey Gosh hit .647 with 11 kills, four blocks and a pair of service aces. Bailey also added 13 digs to tie libero Lauren Houg and PC's Michelle Cruz for the match high.

The Friars (4-12, 0-2 BIG EAST) were paced by seven kills from Kayla Fitzgerald and Abbie Trzeciak.

Marquette jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back, hitting .593 with 17 kills. Bailey notched seven of MU's kills in the frame and hit .583 herself, while Gosh added four kills on .800 hitting and Meghan Neimann was perfect on three swings. MU setter Gabby Benda posted 12 assists to open the match.

The Golden Eagles took the second set by the same margin as the first, 25-15, although they hit almost 300 points lower in the frame. MU led by just four points midway through the stanza, 16-12, before going on a 7-1 run to take full control at 23-13. Bailey and Erin Lehman each posted four kills in the second to lead MU.

Despite an 8-1 deficit out of the break to begin the third set, Marquette rallied to claim a sweep with a 25-12 victory. The Golden Eagles used a 17-1 run to close out the match and were paced by Gosh, who landed five kills on eight errorless swings.

PC led 11-8 in the third before Marquette grabbed control on Gosh's first kill of the set. The Golden Eagles took the next eight points with Houg serving, and after a Marina Rose kill for the Friars, Gosh closed out the match at the service line with the next nine points.

Marquette won the only other meeting between the two squads, a 3-2 triumph on Sept. 10, 1999 in the Marquette Challenge.

MU is 8-2 all-time in BIG EAST lid-lifters.

The Golden Eagles return to action at 4 p.m. Central time on Saturday against St. John's at Carnesecca Arena. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.




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