Marquette Blanks Xavier, 3-0 on Wednesday
Oct. 5, 2016
MILWAUKEE-- Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis tallied her fourth double-double of the season, helping the Marquette women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 26-24) sweep over Xavier on Wednesday afternoon as part of MU Homecoming.
The Al McGuire Center was rocking as the Golden Eagles (13-4, 3-2) played in front of over 1,000 school-age children from local schools as well as Marquette faculty and staff from across campus.
Louis tallied 13 kills with 10 digs, while redshirt senior Meghan Niemann connected on 10 kills for a .412 hitting percentage and fellow middle blocker Jenna Rosenthal hit seven kills with no errors for a career-best .636 clip.
Senior setter Sara Blasier handed out 32 assists with eight digs and two blocks.
Marquette owned the edge on the block with eight to just three from Xavier, while the Golden Eagles tallied a combined .321 hitting percentage in the match.
The Golden Eagles got right to business in the first set playing close to the Musketeers until a kill from Niemann broke a 15-15 tie, which was the last time Marquette would tie or trail the set. A kill from Louis gave the Golden Eagles set point at 24-20 and she followed with an ace to seal the win.
MU called its first timeout trailing 13-10 in the second set, but worked its way back to a 16-15 lead after Rosenthal served an ace. After a kill from Louis went wide, the score was tied at 20, which forced Xavier to call a timeout, but the Golden Eagles stormed out of the break to score five unanswered points as a fast kill from Louis was the set-winning point, 25-20.
In the third set, Marquette took control quickly and seemed to have wrapped up the frame as the squad held a 21-17 lead after back-to-back kills from Niemann, which forced the Xavier to call timeout. The break was used wisely by the Musketeers as they stormed back to score five unanswered points and jump in front, 22-21. The teams traded points out of an MU timeout, but Xavier was the first to reach set point after a kill, 24-23. Louis evened the set at 24 with a kill and the Golden Eagles were able to capitalize on a Xavier error before freshman Allie Barber ended the match with a game-winning kill.
Xavier (8-10, 2-3) was led by Sofia Peterson with 13 kills, while Meredith Klare collected 12 digs.
The Golden Eagles will have another quick turnaround as the squad travels to St. John's on Friday, Oct. 7 with first serve slated for 4 p.m. Central time on ESPN3, before finishing the weekend at Seton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. CT in New Jersey.
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