Marquette Boasts 3-1 Victory over Villanova

Sara Blasier handed out 37 assists and a career-best 24 digs
Oct. 24, 2015

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team won its fourth straight match on Saturday evening knocking down second-place Villanova, 3-1 (25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15) led by 19 kills from redshirt freshman Taylor Louis.

Marquette (16-7, 8-3) gave a great defensive effort in snapping Villanova's eight-match win streak with 83 digs, the third most of the season, and 12 team blocks; five each from Meghan Niemann and Jenna Rosenthal. The Golden Eagles hit .227 in the match over a Wildcat squad that was holding opponents to a league-low .163 percentage as Villanova (19-5, 9-2) combined for just a .124 clip.

Along with Louis, junior Joy Miley also notched double-digit digs with a career-best 13, while junior setter Sara Blasier recorded her seventh double-double of the year dishing 37 assists with a career-high 24 digs. Junior Lauren Houg collected 22 digs, while classmate Ellen Hays was also in double figures with 13.

Marquette came out strong and opened the first frame with four unanswered points and continued to shut the Wildcats down. Louis smashed seven of MU's 12 kills in the frame and the squad held the Wildcats to a .000 hitting percentage, while combing to hit a stellar .367.

In the second set Marquette held set point at 24-22, but Villanova scored four straight points to win the set.

After the break, both team played the third set fairly even with 15 tied scores and seven different lead changes, but consecutive kills from Louis broke a 21-21 tie before Niemann slammed home a kill for the 25-22 victory. The Golden Eagles did not let up in the fourth stanza and opened to a blazing 7-2 lead forcing Villanova to use an early timeout. Marquette continued to capitalize on hitting errors from the Wildcats and pushed to a 23-12 lead before allowing three consecutive points, but Niemann served an ace to the back left corner of the court and MU claimed the victory, 25-15.

The Golden Eagles will have a quick turnaround and take a short break from BIG EAST play with a match on Monday against crosstown-foe, Milwaukee. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Central time at the Al McGuire Center and will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.





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