Marquette Advances to BIG EAST Final
Nov. 24, 2017
MILWAUKEE -- The second-seeded Marquette University volleyball team advanced to the 2017 BIG EAST Volleyball Championship finals with a 3-1 (25-15, 26-24, 25-17, 25-20) victory over No. 3 seed Butler in the semifinals on Friday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (22-8) had four record double digit kills led by 20 from junior Anna Haak who also hit a stellar .450 clip in the match. Sophomore Allie Barber connected on 16 kills, while freshman Hope Werch and junior Jenna Rosenthal talied 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Haak and Werch also totaled double-doubles adding 20 digs and 18 digs, respectively; the second match this season that Haak had 20+ kills and 20+ digs.
Marquette had a strong defensive mindset, totaling 80 kills combined as freshman Martha Konovodoff collected 16 digs and senior Manon Geoffroy added 11, while Butler (23-8) notched just 61 digs as a team.
Sophomore Lauren Speckman dished out 58 assists, while Rosenthal added five blocks.
Marquette hit a blistering .464 in the first frame, holding Butler to just .000 while taking a 25-15 victory. Butler claimed the second set in a narrow 26-24 decision, but the Golden Eagles rebounded in the third and took a 25-17 victory behind eight kills from Haak.
The fourth set was a battle with three lead changes and the score tied seven times, including as late as 19-19 after a kill from Werch, but a 6-1 run from Marquette closed out the match as the last three points from MU were scored on two kills from Haak and one from Rosenthal.
The Bulldogs were led by Anna Logan with 17 kills and 16 digs, and combined for nine team blocks in the match.
The Golden Eagles are playing in the BIG EAST Championship final for the first time since 2013 when MU was crowned the tournament champions.
Marquette will take on top-seeded and No. 17 Creighton on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 CT at the Al McGuire Center. The game will air live on FS2.
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