Louis Hits 1,000th Kill as Marquette Sweeps Villanova, 3-0

Oct. 28, 2016

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VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis eclipsed the 1,000 kills plateau as the Marquette University women's volleyball team swept Villanova, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16) on Friday night at Jake Nevin Fieldhouse.

Louis sat at 992 kills and wasted no time reaching the milestone as she recorded the eight kills needed in the first set. She becomes Marquette's second sophomore to eclipse the 1,000 kill plateau after Autumn Bailey tallied her 1,000th kill in 2014.

Louis finished the match with 15 kills and three blocks, while classmate Jenna Rosenthal tallied nine kills and hit .500 in the match with five blocks. Redshirt senior Meghan Niemann tallied seven kills with no errors for a .538 clip.

Senior setter Sara Blasier dished out 40 assists with eight digs, while classmate Lauren Houg collected 13 digs and freshman Madeline Mosher tallied 10.

The first set opened with the teams trading points back-and-forth as Villanova (15-9, 6-5) took a 13-11 lead, but after a timeout Marquette (19-5, 9-3) responded with a 7-2 run to go in front, 18-15. The Golden Eagles did not trail again as Rosenthal closed out the set with a tip kill and a 25-21 victory.

After Villanova got on the board first in the second set, Marquette quickly took a 2-1 lead and did not trail again in the set, earning set point after Rosenthal slammed down a kill and won the match, 25-20, on a Villanova error.

After a kill from Louis, Marquette led the Wildcats 13-8 and extended its lead to 19-10 after a 6-2 run. Niemann tapped down a kill, which kept MU in front, 22-14, before the Golden Eagles closed out the sweep on consecutive kills from Niemann and Blasier.

Amanda Pedersen-Henry and Darcy Wolf led Villanova with 10 kills each, as MU held the Wildcats to just .104 hiiting and owned the advantage in digs, 60 to 51 for Villanova.

The Golden Eagles will travel down to Washington, D.C. to face Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Central time.




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