Volleyball Opens Spring Season

April 9, 2008

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University volleyball team opened its spring season taking on Wisconsin in a five-set match Wednesday evening at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles won the second set, but the Badgers took the other four (17-25, 15-11, 20-25, 8-15, 19-25).

It was MU's first match where the new 25-point scoring system was implemented, which brings the college scoring system in line with international and high school scoring.

"I thought the team did a nice job tonight," said head coach Pati Rolf. "Our greatest strengths right now are our speed and quickness. Playing Wisconsin was a good opportunity to see what we are capable of and how we play against a team of its size."

The Golden Eagles experimented with different lineups and newcomer Laira Akin saw action for the first time of her young Marquette career. Rolf credited Akin's ability to run the offense in her first match at the Al McGuire Center and is looking forward to using this match as learning tool for the future.

"I thought Laira had a great come-out game tonight. She runs a good offense and is getting use to her teammates. We really did a good job of being able to run our offense and keeping up with the speed," said Rolf.

The Golden Eagles also saw improvement and promise from one of their returning outside hitters Ashlee Fisher.

"Ashlee Fisher is just a really good outside hitter for us and she could have a big year next season. We are going to take what we can from this match and improve on things when we go down and play Minnesota," added Rolf.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action on April 20 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to play in the Minnesota Spring Tournament.

No statistics were kept or available for the match.




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