Marquette Takes Down Butler, 3-2

Oct. 12, 2016

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MILWAUKEE -- Paced by four players with double digit kills, the Marquette University women's volleyball team outlasted a five-set battle and notched a 3-2 win (25-17, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 15-11) over Butler on Wednesday night at the Al McGuire Center.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis led Marquette (16-4, 6-2) with 20 kills, followed by redshirt senior Megan Niemann with 14, redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal with 13 and freshman Allie Barber with 12 kills. Niemann also hit at a .542 clip while Rosenthal tallied three blocks.

Senior Sara Blasier dished out 55 assists with five kills and eight digs, while classmate Lauren Houg collected a season-best 30 digs for the Golden Eagles.

Butler (13-10, 2-5) was led by sophomore Anna Logan who recorded 20 kills with 24 digs. Makayla Fergusen also dished out 48 assists for the Bulldogs.

In the first set, Louis and Barber each tallied four kills. Freshman Madeline Mosher delivered three service aces, helping Marquette defeat Butler in the first round 25-17. In the second set, the Golden Eagles went on an early 5-0 run, where Rosenthal contributed four kills and hit at a .500 clip to help Marquette to a 25-19 victory.

The third set opened with a quick 5-0 run in return from the Bulldogs, who were leading 9-4. After a Marquette timeout, Barber and Niemann delivered back-to-back kills to cut the gap to three. Just as Butler made it to set point, Marquette rallied for two points and forced a Bulldog timeout. Butler would go on to take the set on a Marquette service error.

The fourth set began with four lead changes and a strong 4-0 run by the Golden Eagles. The two programs were tied at 15 until Niemann registered an aggressive kill to bring Marquette the lead. Blocking and attack errors on both ends led to an eventual 21-21 tie in the fourth set. Butler advanced ahead on three consecutive Marquette attack errors and won the set on a kill from Logan, forcing a fifth frame.

In the decisive fifth set, Marquette took a quick three-point lead, advancing on an attack and ball handling error by Butler and Louis' 15th kill on the night. Redshirt freshman Amanda Green secured a kill on a connection from Blasier to bring Marquette up five points, 9-4, but Butler kept pressing and found a way to cut the Marquette lead to one, 10-9, as Logan registered two kills for the Bulldogs. With Marquette at match point, Rosenthal slammed down a kill and gave Marquette the fifth set win 15-11, and the 3-2 win on the night. Louis tallied six kills on eight swings in the final set to hit .750.

Marquette hit .268 combined in the match with 89 digs, and was able to hold Butler to a .242 hitting percentage.

The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday in Chicago, Illinois as they travel to McGrath-Phillips Arena with first serve slated at 6 p.m. Central time.




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