MU Falls at St. John’s in Five Sets
Nov. 14, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y.— A late rally by the Marquette University women’s volleyball team was not enough to overcome St. John’s as the squad fell, 3-2 (25-15, 13-15, 28-30, 25-19, 15-11) to the Red Storm on Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena.
Meghan Niemann led the Golden Eagles (19-9, 10-5) with 15 kills and hit .483 with just one error and added nine blocks of MU’s combined 14 team blocks. Sara Blaseir and Taylor Louis each recorded double-doubles as Blasier dealt 45 assists with 12 digs and Louis landed 15 kills with 15 digs.
Five Golden Eagles collected double digit digs as the team combined for a season-high 96, led by 25 from libero Lauren Houg and a career-best 22 digs.
After winning the first set, Marquette dropped the next two and headed into the fourth down 2-1 in the match. The Golden Eagles trailed early in the frame, but gained a 15-11 lead after using an 11-4 run with three kills from Teal Schnurr in that stretch of play. MU took final points in the set by capitalizing on a slew of hitting errors from St. John’s (17-13, 7-8).
In the fifth set Erin Lehman found the floor on two kills, but MU trailed 7-5 and called a timeout once the deficit pressed to 10-5. Louis connected on consecutive kills to help extend the set after the Red Storm reached match point, but a final kill from Julia Cast gave St. John’s the victory.
Despite the loss, Marquette out-hit the Red Storm connecting at a .233 clip, holding St. John’s to just a .166 percentage.
The Golden Eagles still need just one victory to secure the fourth and final spot available for the BIG EAST Tournament. MU travels to Providence tomorrow for a match that begins at 11 a.m. Central time. The Friars fell to DePaul this afternoon and have just one BIG EAST victory. The match is available to view at friars.com for a subscription fee with live stats also available.
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