Marquette Clinches BIG EAST Tournament Berth
Nov. 12, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- Redshirt senior Meghan Niemann reached her 1,000th-kill as the Marquette University women's volleyball team clinched a spot in the 2016 BIG EAST Conference Tournament with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22) victory over Seton Hall on Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette (22-5, 12-3) was paced by its pair of redshirt sophomores, Taylor Louis and Jenna Rosenthal, as the dup poured in 18 and 16 kills, respectively, while Rosenthal hit a stellar .609 clip and added four blocks. Niemann tallied nine kills in the match, recording her 1,000th career kill in the fourth set of play. She also added three blocks and hit .438.
The Golden Eagles combined to hit a .360 clip, while holding Seton Hall (14-15, 8-8) to a .193 hitting percentage and owned the advantage on digs, 39-to-33.
After dispatching the Pirates with ease in the first set, 25-13, Marquette remained tough in the second set, hitting .438 with 17 kills in the frame, allowing just 10 kills and a .133 hitting percentage from Seton Hall. The Golden Eagles never trailed in the set as freshman Madeline Mosher and Rosenthal helped close out the set with two kills.
The Pirates came out firing in the third frame, getting on the board first and jumping out to a quick 9-5 lead, forcing MU into a timeout. Seton Hall did not relinquish the lead and continued building with an 18-8 advantage after consecutive errors from Marquette. The Golden Eagles' offense came together towards the end of the set, but the Pirates held on for a 25-17 win.
In the fourth set, Seton Hall again jumped out to an early advantage, 8-3, forcing MU to call timeout, but an ace from Louis and kill from Rosenthal had closed that gap to two points, 14-12, forcing the Pirated to regroup. Marquette took its first lead, 15-14 after back-to-back errors from the Hall and the two teams traded points, until two kills from Louis tied at score at 20 point apiece. After Seton Hall called timeout, the Golden Eagles used a 5-2 run and closed out the match with a final Louis kill, 25-22.
Marquette will play its final home match of the season on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Central time, which will stream live on GoMarqette.com.
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