No. 4 Seed MU Falls Short in 3-2 Battle at Creighton
Nov. 27, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. -- After trailing by two sets in the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals, the No. 4 seed Marquette University volleyball team rallied back and forced top-seeded Creighton to a decisive fifth-set before falling 3-2 (19-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20, 10-15) to the Bluejays on Friday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis paced MU's offense with a match-high 27 kills and a .235 clip, while Joy Miley added 12 kills and Meghan Niemann 10. Junior libero Lauren Houg and classmate Ellen Hays each matched a career-high with 35, and 21 digs, respectively, while setter Sara Blasier recorded her 13th double-double this season dishing out 44 assists with 14 digs.
As a squad Marquette (21-11) combined for a season-high 105 digs with five players in double digit digs, and had 13 team blocks.
MU trailed by two sets heading into the break, but came storming out in the third frame as Niemann served five straight points and led, 6-1 over Creighton (24-8). The Golden Eagles allowed CU to creep back in and called timeout after consecutive attack errors had cut the lead to just a 20-13 margin. Holding on to a 23-16 lead, Marquette let Creighton score five straight points and held on to just a 23-21 lead before Niemann smashed a kill and the Golden Eagles win the set, 25-21.
In the fourth frame, the Golden Eagles broke an 8-8 tie with three combined kills from Louis and Miley, which led to a 6-2 run and a 14-10 advantage for MU. Marquette called timeout after two back-to-back kills from the Bluejays, but Niemann smashed a kill and bounced back to serve an ace, which kept the Golden Eagles on top, 22-17. Two consecutive kills from Louis gave MU the win and forced the fifth and final set.
Creighton opened the decisive set with three straight attack errors, but rallied back to go in front, 7-4 following a miscue from the Golden Eagles. It was hitting errors that plagued MU in the final set as the squad had just four kills with seven errors as the Bluejays escaped with a 15-10 win.
Marquette will wait to see if it earns an at-large berth to the 2015 NCAA Championship. The volleyball selection show will air live on ESPNU on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8:00 p.m. Central time.
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