Niemann and Bailey Lead MU to Sweep at Georgetown
Oct. 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by 17 kills from Autumn Bailey and a career-high nine blocks from Meghan Niemann, the Marquette University women’s volleyball team swept Georgetown 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C., at McDonough Arena.
Bailey hit .282 in the contest with her match-high kill total to pace the Golden Eagles (17-6, 8-3 BIG EAST), while classmate Nele Barber notched a double-double with 11 kills and tied for the match-high with 14 digs.
“We had a nice run of blocks in the second set which gave us momentum and slowed their hitters down a bit,” Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. “Their outsides were fearless and when we got a couple stops on them that swung things in our favor. In the third set we wanted to start with an early point run and we served really well. Their libero being out after getting injured in the second set hurt their passing and made them easier to defend.”
Senior outside hitter Alex Johnson led the Hoyas (9-15, 3-8 BIG EAST) with 12 kills and also notched 10 digs.
The Hoyas hung tight with MU in the opening set before the Golden Eagles pulled away for a 25-22 win. Marquette scored six of the final eight points of the frame after Theis called his only timeout as the Hoyas took their first lead at 20-19. Bailey tied GU’s Johnson for the set lead with six kills, but neither team hit above .200 in the frame.
The Golden Eagles overcame a seven-point deficit midway through the second set and rallied for a 25-22 victory. MU trailed 15-8 before Theis called his final timeout but proceeded to rip off a 6-0 run to pull within a single point, 15-14, on one of Bailey’s frame-high seven kills.
Georgetown led 22-21 late in the stanza before MU scored the final four points for the win on three Barber kills and one from Bailey. The sophomore outside hitter landed five kills for MU in the second, while Johnson posted five for the Hoyas.
Marquette cruised to a 25-12 third set win out of the intermission with a match-best hitting percentage of .296. The Hoyas posted nine attack errors in the final set and hit -.120 with just six kills. Niemann contributed to five of those GU hitting errors with as many blocks in the frame.
Marquette has won the last six meetings with the Hoyas, with the last Georgetown win coming on Sept. 26, 2010 at McDonough Arena in five sets. MU is 9-4 all-time against GU and has won the last 14 sets in the series.
The Golden Eagles return to the Al McGuire Center for their next four conference matches, beginning with a Friday, Oct. 31 contest against Butler at 7 p.m. MU will also host Xavier on Saturday, Nov. 1 in a 6 p.m. match at the Al McGuire Center. The match with the Musketeers will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
“We know it’s a big weekend coming up and we already talked about it after today’s match,” Theis said. “We are going to be back at home to play two good teams and we will be prepared for a fight. Hopefully we will play well with energy and come out with some wins.”
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