Marquette Outlasts St. John's, 3-2
Oct. 7, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y.-- Behind its pair of redshirt sophomores, the Marquette University women's volleyball team outlasted a five set battle at St. John's, pulling away for a 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 30-32, 15-8) victory on Friday evening.
Taylor Louis led Marquette (14-4, 4-2) with 25 kills, while Jenna Rosenthal tallied a career-best 16 blocks, which was just three short of tying MU's program record of 19. Rosenthal also added eight kills, while freshman Allie Barber landed 11 in the match.
St. John's (11-8, 2-4) was led by Margherita Bianchin with 16 kills.
After falling 25-23 in the first set, MU quickly rebounded in the second frame and was tied with the Red Storm at 9-9 before the Golden Eagles allowed just five additional points from St. John's and won the set, 25-14 with a blistering .524 hitting percentage and just two errors.
The third set opened close with the teams trading points, but after the score was tied at 12-12, the Golden Eagles used multiple errors from the Red Storm and two kills from Louis to go on a 6-0 run and jump in front, 18-12. St. John's responded with four unanswered points before Louis and Barber connected on kills to snap the drought. A kill from redshirt freshman Amanda Green and an error from St. John's extended Marquette's lead to 21-16 before Barber smashed the set-winner, 25-19.
The fourth set was a battle between the two programs as the squads exchanged points throughout the match. Marquette reached match point first after Louis connected from Blasier on a kill, but St. John's responded. Each time the Golden Eagles held match point, the Red Storm kept play going and when St. John's held set point, MU was able to respond. A kill from Louis tied the final set at 30-30, but St. John's responded with a kill and used a hitting error from the Golden Eagles to win the fourth frame and force the fifth set.
In the decisive fifth set, Marquette used kills from Green and Louis to take a 7-3 lead and was able to widen that gap to 11-5 after back-to-back attack errors from the Red Storm. Houg served up an ace, which gave MU match point at 14-6, and though St. John's responded with two consecutive points, freshman Madeline Mosher secured the win as she smashed a final kill.
Marquette hit .253 combined in the match with 58 digs, and was able to hold the Red Storm to just a .124 hitting percentage.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Seton Hall, which will conclude their two-day trip out East. MU faces the Pirates on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. CT. Free, live video will be available at shupirates.com.
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