Marquette Falls To Creighton, 3-1
Oct. 22, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team was defeated 3-1 (223-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19) by Creighton in a battle of the top teams in the BIG EAST conference on Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis recorded 16 kills, five blocks, and added 14 digs on the night for the Golden Eagles (18-5, 8-3), which was her seventh double-double of the season. Freshman Allie Barber tallied nine kills for MU, and hit at a .240 percentage, while senior libero Lauren Houg led the team with 15 digs.
MU owned the advantage at the net as the Golden Eagles tallied 15 team blocks, while Creighton (16-6, 10-0) notched just five. The Golden Eagles also hit slightly better with a .208 clip, as the Bluejays combined for a .200 hitting percentage.
The first set was tightly contested throughout, as neither team had a lead of more than five points. MU was able to use a 5-1 run to take a 21-18 lead in the set. Louis' fifth kill of the set was enough to close out the Bluejays. Marquette was held to a .194 hitting percentage, but was able to limit Creighton offensively, allowing the Bluejays to hit at just a .111 clip.
In the second set, Marquette tallied four-consecutive points to take a 22-20 lead, but would surrender four of the next five, ending with a MU attack error to help Creighton secure the set victory. Louis finished the set with four kills while hitting at a .188 clip.
The Golden Eagles used a 5-1 run in the third frame to take a 25-24 lead, forcing a set point. However, Creighton tallied two kills and took advantage of an attack error from Marquette, allowing the Bluejays to win the set, 27-25.
Creighton used a series of short runs in the fourth set to win 25-19. The frame was tied at 16 apiece after a Creighton service error, but the Golden Eagles offense faltered down the stretch as they were able to connect on just one kill, earning their final three points from Bluejays' errors. Niemann's seven blocks were enough to break MU's all-time record for career total blocks, passing Martha Meyer who tallied 432 from 1994-97 at Marquette.
Creighton was paced by Jaali Winters with a double-double at 22 kills ans 15 digs, while three other Bluejays reached double digits kills.
The Golden Eagles will next hit the road for a two-match road trip against Villanova on Oct. 28, followed by Georgetown on Oct. 29.
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