Marquette Downs Providence, 3-0

Sara Blasier had 33 assists and 10 digs
Oct. 16, 2015

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team made quick work of league-opponent Providence on Friday evening, downing the Friars 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-23) at the Al McGuire Center.  With the win, Marquette improves to 13-7 overall and is now 5-3 in BIG EAST play.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis paced the offense with 17 kills and collected 11 digs, while junior Sara Blasier also notched a double-double handing out a match-high 33 assists and tallying 10 digs.  It was the sixth double-double of the year for both Louis and Blasier.  Also in double digit digs was junior libero Lauren Houg who totaled 12.

Redshirt junior Jenna Rosenthal landed nine kills and hit .353 in the match, while redshirt junior Meghan Niemann smashed seven kills with no errors and hit .389.  Niemann also added four blocks.

Providence (10-11, 1-6) was led by Kayla Fitzgerald with 10 kills and 10 digs, while Jordan Wiesler gave out 26 assists.

Marquette started slow in the first set and was tied with the Friars, 13-13 before going on a 12-4 run to close out the set with Louis connecting on five of her seven first set kills in that stretch of play.

The Golden Eagles opened the second frame with a 14-9 lead after a service aces from Ellen Hays and scored five straight points to extend the lead to 22-13. MU allowed Providence its own 5-0 run towards the end of the set, but Niemann connecting on the winning kill to head into the break.

It was another set filled with consecutive scoring runs for Marquette in the third and final frame as the Golden Eagles held a narrow one point, 12-11 lead after the Friars nailed an ace, but the Golden Eagles ran off four consecutive points and seemed to be in control of the set, though they could not dispatch the Friars until Teal Schnurr and Louis landed kills to seal the match victory.

Marquette hit a combined .231 as a squad, while holding the Friars to just a .100 clip. Providence did not hit above .162 in any set on Friday.

The Golden Eagles have a short rest before returning to the court on Saturday to host St. John's at 6 p.m. Central time. The Red Storm defeated DePaul on Friday, 3-2 and head to Milwaukee with a 4-4 record in league play.





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