Schnurr Posts 10 Blocks as Marquette Sweeps Milwaukee
Nov. 4, 2014
MILWAUKEE – A career-high 10 block assists from sophomore middle hitter Teal Schnurr led the Marquette University women’s volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-16 sweep of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday evening at the Klotsche Center.
The match can be viewed on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Wisconsin beginning Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Matt Menzl (play-by-play) and Michelle Griffin-Wenzel (analyst) have the call.
Schnurr’s block total is the highest for a Marquette player since former AVCA All-American Rabbecka Gonyo landed 11 against Milwaukee on Sept. 12, 2009. The Westminster, Colorado, native also led Golden Eagles (20-6), who notched their 20th victory for the fifth-straight season, by hitting a combined .500 with five kills on 10 swings, while redshirt sophomore Meghan Niemann hit .500 with six kills and five blocks.
Outside hitter Autumn Bailey landed 12 kills to lead MU, which out-blocked UWM, 16.0-1.0. Marquette's 16 team blocks are the most by the Golden Eagles since Sept. 14, 2013 against Central Arkansas and the most by an MU team in a sweep since at least 2006.
The Panthers (14-11) were led by 13 kills from senior outside hitter Julie Kolinske and libero Taylor Golabowski led all players with a match-high 17 digs.
Despite nine ties early in the opening set, Marquette used a 9-0 run fueled by five block assists from Schnurr to take the stanza 25-20. The Golden Eagles trailed 14-12 before they began their run with a kill from Bailey. Schnurr contributed to the next three points with blocks and MU took its largest lead of the set, 21-14, on a combined block from Schnurr and Barber.
Bailey led MU in the first with six kills on 12 error-less swings, while Schnurr added six block assists for the Golden Eagles. MU did not commit an attack error in the first and hit a combined .412.
The second set was a different story as MU cruised to a 25-12 win behind four block assists from Niemann and three from Erin Lehman. Niemann also posted a set-high three kills, while Lehman added a pair. The Golden Eagles led throughout and held their largest lead at the frame’s final tally on a block from Niemann and Lindsey Gosh.
Marquette rolled out to a quick 10-2 lead out of the break as the Panthers used both their timeouts and never looked back. The Golden Eagles landed a match-best 16 kills in the frame, led by five each from Bailey and Nele Barber.
Theis, a Milwaukee alumnus, made his first trip to the Klotsche Center as an opposing head coach. Theis was a member of the Milwaukee men’s volleyball program when it dropped from varsity to club status and worked as a student assistant with then-associate head coach Susie Johnson in 1999-00 while completing his bachelor’s degree.
Former Marquette AVCA All-American Nikki Klingsporn, who sits fifth in career assists at MU despite playing just two seasons, is in her third year as an assistant coach for the Panthers.
Marquette has won its last eight matches against Milwaukee with the last loss a four-set defeat on Oct. 17, 2007 at the Klotsche Center.
The Golden Eagles welcome St. John’s and Providence to the Al McGuire Center for matches on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. All individuals who show a used ticket stub from Saturday’s men’s basketball exhibition opener against Wisconsin Lutheran will receive free admission to the match against the Friars at the Al. Friday’s contest features a burrito eating contest for all Marquette fraternities during the intermission between sets two and three.
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