Marquette Wins 3-1 against Georgetown

Sept. 30, 2016

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MILWAUKEE-- Redshirt senior Meghan Niemann became the all-time leader in block assists on Friday night as the Marquette women's volleyball team defeated Georgetown 3-1 at the Al McGuire Center.

With Marquette (12-3, 2-1) leading 15-7 in the first set, Niemann went up with classmate Sara Blasier for the block and tallied her 365th career block assist to secure her place as the all-time leader.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis once again paced Marquette with a match-high 18 kills and a .372 hitting percentage, while Niemann boasted 15 kills, just one error and hit a stellar .778 clip with three blocks. Fellow redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal landed 11 kills on 22 swings for a .500 mark, while tallying eight blocks, just one shy of matching her career-best.

The Golden Eagles had an excellent hitting night as they combined for a .402 hitting percentage and just six total errors in the match, including a .545 clip in the third set, while holding Georgetown (5-12, 1-3) to just .115 hitting on the night.

Libero Lauren Houg collected 17 digs, while junior Manon Geoffroy notched 10 digs and Blasier dished 45 assists.

After cruising to a 25-13 win in the first set, Marquette trailed Georgetown to open the second frame and fell behind 8-6, before calling its first timeout. A kill from Rosenthal gave the Golden Eagles a 15-14 lead, but the Hoyas responded with three unanswered points to move in front, 18-15. MU trailed the Hoyas 24-19, but mounted a 5-0 run to tie the set at 24 each before Georgetown regained composure and closed out the set with two consecutive points.

Marquette bounded back to an easy 25-10 victory in the third set with Louis a near perfect 4-for-5 hitting and four team blocks, and continued the momentum in the fourth frame jumping out to a 15-7 lead after Louis and Rosenthal traded kills back-and-forth. The Golden Eagles took match point after a service error from the Hoyas and Louis finished the match with a kill.

Georgetown was led by Symone Speech with 13 kills as Kenzie Higareda collected a match-high 19 digs.

The Golden Eagles are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 1 as the squad hosts Villanova at 6 p.m. Central time. MU volleyball alumni will be announced between sets two and three.




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