Marquette Pulls Through to a 3-1 Win at Georgetown

Oct. 29, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After dropping the first set, the Marquette women's volleyball team responded to come away with a 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18) victory on Saturday evening in McDonough Gymnasium.

A trio of Golden Eagles (20-5, 10-3) led the squad offensively as redshirt sophomores Taylor Louis and Jenna Rosenthal and freshman Allie Barber each tallied 11 kills, while Rosenthal added eight blocks and hit .471. Redshirt senior Meghan Niemann landed nine kills in the match.

Senior Sara Blasier dished out 35 assists to her teammates with six blocks, while classmate Lauren Houg and junior Manon Geoffory each collected double digit digs with 15 and 10, respectively.

With the win, Marquette has now reached at least 20-wins in a season for the seventh consecutive year.

Marquette held a 7-4 lead to open the first set, but the Hoyas used a pair of runs, to jump in front, 17-11, which forced the Golden Eagles to burn their last timeout. Barber netted a kill, but MU still trailed 19-13 before a pair of attack errors gave Georgetown (6-19, 2-10) a 25-16 win.

After trailing 7-6 in the second set, Marquette went on a 5-2 run, included two aces from junior Manon Geoffroy and took an 11-9 lead, forcing Georgetown to call timeout. After Louis slammed down a kill Georgetown called its last timeout with the Golden Eagles leading, 19-15 and after the break, MU's offense stayed tough as Barber slammed down the winning kill, 25-18.

The third set was knotted at 10 points apiece before Marquette used a 9-4 run to extend that lead to 19-14 after Joy Miley slammed down a kill. Georgetown called their finals timeout as the Golden Eagles were on an 11-5 run and led 21-15, but the Hoyas came out of the break hot and used a quick 6-2 run to put pressure on MU as the gap closed to just 23-21. Barber threw down a kill for set point, 24-21, and a hitting error from Georgetown gave Marquette the 25-21 win.

Marquette stormed into the fourth set with a 5-0 lead and extended it to 18-8 after a kill from Niemann and a hitting errors from the Hoyas, which forced Georgetown to call its second timeout. Georgetown put pressure on Marquette with a few small runs, but Louis was able to smash down the final kill as the squad finished with a 25-18 victory and ended the match in four sets.

The Golden Eagles held the blocking advantage with 12 team blocks, while Georgetown totaled six.

The Golden Eagles return home for a final three-game homestand this season. Marquette will host travel partner DePaul on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Central time.




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