Marquette Falls to Seton Hall, 3-1, for First Time Since 2009
Nov. 14, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team fell to Seton Hall, 3-1 (27-25, 19-25, 27-25, 25-16), for the first time since 2009 on Friday evening at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey.
Despite the loss, reigning BIG EAST Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week Autumn Bailey and Lauren Houg continued their hot play for the Golden Eagles (22-7, 12-4 BIG EAST). Bailey led all players with 29 kills while hitting .348, and Houg tied a career best with 29 digs. Bailey also added 20 digs and four blocks and Nele Barber notched 18 kiills.
“There is a good chance we will play Seton Hall again in a couple of weeks (at the BIG EAST tournament),” Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. “Hopefully we learn to finish games. We saw them do it and we have to learn from that. We have to have more ‘show up.’ Autumn was awfully good and Nele had a great game two. (Meghan) Niemann started hot, but we need more out of more people. If we get that, games one and three tonight are different.”
The Pirates (24-6, 12-3 BIG EAST), whose last victory in the series was a 3-2 triumph in Milwaukee on Oct. 2, 2009, were led by 19 kills from senior outside hitter Stacey Manthorpe. Twin sister Shelbey Manthorpe reached a near triple-double with 42 assists, 24 digs and eight kills.
MU had won the previous five meetings against SHU and the Pirates last win versus Marquette at Walsh Gymnasium was in 2008.
The Pirates fought back for a 27-25 victory in the opening set, despite a 24-22 Marquette set point. Bailey’s fifth kill of the frame gave MU the 24-22 lead before Seton Hall rallied for their first set point at 25-24. Bailey responded to tie the frame at 25, but kills from Danielle Schroeder and Stacey Manthorpe provided the final 27-25 margin.
Marquette used a 9-0 run midway through the second set and held on for a 25-19 victory to even the match at the break. It was Barber who keyed the MU run as Marquette broke free from an 8-8 tie for the 17-8 edge. Barber posted a frame-high nine kills to lead the Golden Eagles, who hit a combined .310 in the stanza.
The Golden Eagles erased a six-point deficit out of the break only to fall short in the third 27-25 on a Mary Nilles set called a back row attack. Seton Hall led 17-11 before Theis called his final timeout of the stanza but Marquette rallied to sit at set point, 24-23, on a block from Bailey and Courtney Kintzel.
Bailey answered with a kill as SHU sat at its first set point, 25-24, but the Pirates closed things out with a kill from Stacey Manthorpe and the final call at the net.
The Pirates closed out the match with a 25-16 win the fourth set after jumping out to a commanding 19-10 advantage.
In the last meeting against the Pirates on Oct. 18, Marquette set an NCAA record for a four-set match with 117 points, while Bailey had 25 kills on 89 attacks (an NCAA single-match high this season). Four of the eight sets between the two squads this year have gone to extra points.
MU holds an 8-4 all-time advantage against the Pirates and almost every meeting since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST in 2005 has been a hotly contested affair with eight five-set matches during that span.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday at 6 p.m. Central time against Villanova at Jake Nevin Field House in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
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