Marquette Sweeps DePaul, 3-0

Nov. 5, 2016

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team opened a three-match homestand on a high note as the squad made quick work of DePaul in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) sweep Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.

With their lone match of the week, the Golden Eagles (21-5, 11-3) were led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis and redshirt senior Meghan Niemann with 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal tallied nine kills with no errors to hit .750 and totaled four blocks.

Senior setter Sara Blasier dished out 35 assists, while classmate Lauren Houg and freshman Madeline Mosher each collected 19 digs in the victory.

As a squad Marquette combined to hit .355 in the match, while holding DePaul (13-13, 7-7) to just a .163 hitting percentage. MU also owned the advantage in blocks with eight to just three for the Blue Demons.

Marquette and DePaul traded points early in the first set and were tied at 17 apiece following a kill from the Blue Demons, but kills from Niemann and Louis combined with a trio of DePaul errors gave MU a 5-0 run, which put the Golden Eagles in front, 22-17. After an ace, DePaul had tightened the gap on Marquette, 23-21, which forced the Golden Eagles into a quick timeout, but Rosenthal blasted out of the break with a stellar kill and a hitting error from the Blue Demons gave Marquette the 25-21 victory.

In the second set, DePaul came out strong and held a 5-3 lead before the Golden Eagles were able to turn its offense around and took a 10-9 lead after a 7-3 run. MU did not trail again in the set and was able to extend its lead to 20-16 after a service ace from Rosenthal. Blasier took advantage of the moment and set down a dump kill, which gave the Golden Eagles set point, 24-19 before Louis closed the frame by smashing down a kill.

MU got on the board first in the third set and held an early lead, but the teams were locked up at 10 points apiece following a DePaul service ace. Marquette used a 6-1 run to move ahead, 16-11, due to multiple error from the Blue Demons, but DePaul responded with a run of its own and trailed by just one point, 17-16 after a Golden Eagles' error. Freshman Lauren Speckman came into the game and served up three points for MU, including an ace as Marquette's offense to close out the set with a sweep. Louis knocked down a kill for match point, and the set was won on DePaul's fifth hitting error in the set.

The Blue Demons were led by Clare Anderson with eight kills, while Jasmine King and Myah Reed each recorded seven.

Marquette will return home for its final two home matches of the season next weekend when the squad hosts Seton Hall on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. CT before welcoming St. John's on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. CT. Saturday's match will be senior day and MU's seven seniors will be honored in a post-match ceremony.




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