MU Falls at Minnesota in NCAA 2nd Round
Dec. 5, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Taylor Louis tallied a match-high 18 kills as the Marquette women's volleyball team fell in straight sets, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 to No. 2 seed and host Minnesota in the NCAA Championship second round on Saturday evening in the Sports Pavilion.
The Golden Eagles conclude their season with a 22-12 record and reached the NCAA second round for the third time in program history. Junior libero Lauren Houg had a record-breaking night as she collected 17 digs and set a new MU single season record with 641 this year.
"Overall I think this is a great experience for our program," head coach Ryan Theis said. "I think Minnesota is a pretty good team. A couple opportunities we let slip through our fingers that maybe could have extended the match in the first and the third games to maybe see what could happen if we got into four. We missed a couple of those situations and a lot of that credit goes to Minnesota, obviously. They're very good and showed it tonight."
Along with Louis' 18 kills, Jenna Rosenthal tallied five, while Erin Lehman and Teal Schnurr each added four to Marquette's tally. Sara Blasier finished with her 15th double-double of the season dishing out 24 assists with 13 digs.
Marquette played Minnesota tough in the first set. After calling their final timeout in the frame, trailing 21-15, the Golden Eagles went on a 6-1 run, led by four kills from Louis and pulled to within just a point of the Gophers at 22-21. A block from Meghan Niemann and Teal Schnurr kept the match going after Minnesota reached set point, but a miscue from MU gave the Gophers the victory.
Minnesota came out blazing in the second set and rolled to a 25-13 win before heading into intermission. In the third frame the Golden Eagles played the Gophers close and had tied the set after an ace from Meghan Niemann. MU continued to trade points and was tied at 13 with Minnesota after Louis and Lehman combined for four kills. The Gophers took a 19-16 lead, but the Golden Eagles were able to score three straight points off of Minnesota hitting errors before an ace from Mary Nilles and a Lehman kill gave MU a 21-19 lead. Minnesota capped the match with a 6-0 run in for the final points of the third set.
Louis finished her first season at Marquette with a record-breaking 611 kills, becoming the first Golden Eagles to reach the 600-kill plateau. Rosenthal also set a season record with 133 assisted blocks.
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