Golden Eagles Drop Straight Sets to Creighton
Nov. 6, 2015
MILWAUKEE--A six-match winning streak came to an end on Friday evening as the Marquette University women's volleyball team fell in straight sets, 27-25, 25-19, 25-19 to first-place Creighton at the Al McGuire Center.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis connected on a team-high 14 kills for Marquette (18-8, 9-4), while classmate Jenn Rosenthal notched eight, but the squad combined for 24 hitting errors and hit at just a .111, which was a factor in the loss. Libero Lauren Houg tallied 15 digs, while Ellen Hays and Louis each collected 13 digs, which was Louis' sixth double-double of the season. Freshman Riley Burchett was also in double digit digs with 11 as the Golden Eagles combined for 67 total digs.
MU had a good night on defense with 10.5 team blocks, led by six from Rosenthal and five from Teal Schnurr, while the Bluejays (19-8, 13-1) totaled just three combined.
"I think we played with Creighton on every level, except hitting the ball out 23 times, while they hit just three out, which is a number we look at," head coach Ryan Theis said. "Georgetown played tonight too, so we both have a quick turnaround. I think our team knows that Georgetown is our next most important game and they will be ready to play."
The first set was a thrilling battle with 12 tied scores and four different lead changes, and MU was able to break through a 6-6 tie with three straight points to lead, 9-6 forcing Creighton to call timeout. The Bluejays battled to tie the score at 13-13 and 19 all before a pair of Louis kills and one from Rosenthal, put the Golden Eagles in front 22-20 as Creighton called its final timeout. Marquette was the first to reach set point, 24-22 as Louis found the floor, but the Golden Eagles committed two hitting errors to let Creighton back in the game. The set ended with sloppy play as the final six points were earned on hitting errors.
After falling in the second set, 25-19 and trailing by two sets heading into the break, MU came out in the third set with renewed energy and played the Bluejays close before back-to-back kills from Louis helped the Golden Eagles to an 11-9 lead. After tying the score at 14 points, Creighton used MU's hitting errors to it advantage and regained the lead, which held throughout the remainder of the set.
The Golden Eagles have a quick turnaround and will host Georgetown on Saturday at 6 p.m. Central time. Erin Lehman and Mary Nilles will be honored for senior night in a pre-match ceremony on the court. MUTV will be producing the match on GoMarquette.com, which will be available live and for free.
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