Marquette Breezes Past Providence, 3-0
Oct. 21, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette women's volleyball swept Providence 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-10) at the Al McGuire Center on Friday night with a strong defensive effort, holding the Friars to just .000 hitting percentage.
The Golden Eagles (18-4, 8-2) were led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis with 15 kills, followed by six kills by Megan Niemann along with a .600 clip. Senior Sara Blasier dished out 25 assists with 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the season, while classmate Lauren Houg collected 12 digs.
Providence (13-12, 11-8) was led by Jenae Alderson with six kills, as Chicyia Clark dished out 12 assists and 10 digs for a double-double.
Opening the first set, the Golden Eagles scored a quick three points, but the Friars quickly responded and took a one point lead. It would be Providence's only lead, as Marquette went on a 7-0 run to regain the advantage and hold onto it throughout the rest of the set for a 25-13 victory. Louis registered eight kills to lead MU and the team hit at a .425 clip while keeping PC to just .162.
In the second set, Marquette jumped to an 8-2 lead and forced a Providence timeout. MU would go on to take set point while PC was still in single digits, eventually taking the win 25-10. The Golden Eagles hit at a .323 clip in the second set and held the Friars to a -.143 percentage.
The Golden Eagles came into the third set strong, paced by an early 6-0 run to again hold the Friars to single digit scoring. After a long and well-fought volley continued by Houg, Madeline Mosher and Niemann, Louis capped off the Golden Eagles' 18th point of the match with a powerful kill, her 15th of the night. Joy Miley would have back-to-back kills, one of which brought Marquette to match point on a connection from Lauren Speckman and another to win set three 25-10 and sweep Providence 3-0.
Marquette will take on first-place Creighton on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Al McGuire Center at 6 p.m. Central time.
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