Marquette Falls to Villanova, 3-1
Oct. 1, 2016
MILWAUKEE-- Despite 19 kills each from redshirt sophomores Jenna Rosenthal and Taylor Louis, the Marquette women's volleyball team could not overcome Villanova as the squad fell, 3-1 (17-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-27) on Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.
Rosenthal's 19 kills and .600 hitting percentage were both career highs as she also tallied four blocks in the match. Senior setter Sara Blasier recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 44 assists and 12 digs.
After dropping the first set, 25-17, the Golden Eagles played Villanova (12-6, 3-2) much closer in the second set as a kill from Louis tied the score at 11 and one from Rosenthal tied it again at 12-12. MU capitalized on errors from the Wildcats to score three unanswered points and jump in front 15012 before Villanova called timeout. After the break it was the Wildcats' turn for a run as they responded with three consecutive points, which tied the score at 15 apiece. The teams traded points before Villanova took a lead on a kill at 20-19 and did not trail again in the frame.
Marquette used the break between sets wisely and came out strong in the third set, cruising to an early 7-3 lead forcing the Wildcats to call timeout. Villanova threated in the set, reaching as close as one point, 15-14, but MU did not let up as three consecutive Wildcats' errors helped close out the set.
The fourth frame was a battle as the score was tied 12 total times and the teams traded points throughout much of the middle portion. After falling behind early, 9-5, Marquette used an 8-2 run to move ahead, 13-11 after back-to-back kills from Blasier and Louis. Louis slammed down a kill for set point, 24-23, but consecutive Wildcat kills gave switched the momentum in their favor with match point at 25-24, though freshman Allie Barber extended the match after she landed a kill. With the score tied at 25-25 Villanova notched a kill and won the match on an error from MU to close out the night. Villanova was led by Clare Crutchfield with 17 kills and a .419 hitting percentage, while five different Wildcat players recorded double-digit digs.
The Golden Eagles close out their three-match homestand on Wednesday, Oct. 5 as part of MU Homecoming week and will host Xavier at Noon Central time with school day at the Al McGuire Center.
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