MU Falls to Washington State in NCAA First Round

Dec. 1, 2016

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team had its season come to a close on Thursday night as the Golden Eagles fell, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25) to No. 25 Washington State in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Championship.

Marquette finishes with a 23-9 overall record in its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament.

In terms of experience in the match, I thought it came down to not sustaining good play long enough," head coach Ryan Theis said. "I tip my cap to Washington State, I thought their offensive output through four straight games was awfully consistent in terms of putting pressure on us, we just couldn't get enough pressure to keep them off balance. I don't think we sustained the level of play we had in the first two (sets) in three and four. But I'm proud of our senior class and the opportunity to go to four straight NCAA tournaments. I was happy for those guys, I thought they did a nice job."

The Golden Eagles were led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis with 18 kills, while freshman Allie Barber tallied 12 and redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal with 11 kills and a .350 hitting percentage.

Senior Sara Blasier dished out 40 assists and added four digs with three blocks and classmate Lauren Houg collected 23 digs.

Marquette played the first set closely with the score tied six times in the frame, but Washington State earned the 25-21 victory. The second set was another close battle as the lead changed six times and the score was tied 11. After Barber landed a kill, the Golden Eagles took a 22-21 lead that they did not relinquish. Multiple attack errors from the Cougars helped MU to set point, 24-21 before Louis smashed down her ninth kill of the match to give Marquette the victory 25-22.

After falling in the third frame, 25-19, the Golden Eagles came out in the fourth set with an early lead, but Washington State made adjustments and scored six straight points and continued for a 9-2 run to jump in front, 11-6 after an attack error from Marquette. After trailing 21-15, Barber and Louis connected on back-to-back kills and MU was able to close the gap to just three points, 23-20 before the Cougars called timeout and came out of the break with two kills to close out the match.

Marquette hit .241 in the match and collected 52 digs, while the Cougars notched a .331 clip and were paced by 22 kills from Kyra Holt.




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