Bailey Posts 1,000th Kill as Marquette Sweeps DePaul
Nov. 22, 2014
MILWAUKEE – Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey recorded her 1,000th career kill as the Marquette University women’s volleyball team swept DePaul, 25-18, 25-22, 25-14 on Saturday evening at the Al McGuire Center in its regular season finale.
Bailey became the first Golden Eagle to reach 1,000 kills in just two years with the program and is the 13th player all-time to reach the milestone at MU. The Burlington, Ontario, native posted a match-high 23 kills to pace Marquette (24-7, 14-4 BIG EAST), which has earned the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship, which it will host on Nov. 28-29 at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles begin action in the semifinal round at 5:30 p.m. Central time on Friday, Nov. 28 against No. 2-seed Seton Hall.
The Blue Demons (3-27, 1-17 BIG EAST) were led by eight kills on .538 hitting from Caitlyn Coffey.
Bailey got the Golden Eagles off to a hot start with 10 kills in Marquette’s first 18 points of the opening frame, which MU would go on to claim 25-18. The sophomore needed just 11 swings to get her 1,000th kill, which she sat just 10 shy of entering the contest. She hit .692 (10-1-13) in the first while the Golden Eagles hit a combined .364 as MU also received three kills apiece from Niemann and Erin Lehman.
Marquette pulled out the second set 25-22 despite trailing 21-20 late in the frame on a Bailey attack error. The stanza featured 13 ties and six lead changes but MU prevailed by taking the final three points on kills from Barber and Kintzel and a Bailey ace.
MU closed out the sweep 25-14 by hitting .375 and took the final six points of the match with Bailey serving.
The Golden Eagles swept DePaul in the last meeting on Oct. 11 in Chicago and were led by 16 kills on .375 hitting from Bailey. MU hit a combined .304 as a squad in the contest, while Niemann hit .538 with seven kills on 13 error-less swings. Sophomore middle hitter Teal Schnurr had nine blocks on the day for her second-highest total of the year as MU limited the Blue Demons to a hitting percentage of .111.
Marquette has won 15 of the last 16 meetings against DePaul and is 11-1 against the Blue Demons since the long-time rivals entered the BIG EAST in 2005.
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