Marquette Volleyball Update From Rome

June 3, 2016

ROME, Italy--Hi Marquette fans! It is Lauren Houg reporting live from Rome with some exciting updates on the Golden Eagles first stop on our Foreign Tour.

The Marquette Women’s volleyball team has had an eventful start to their 2016 European tour. Beginning with a few long plane rides and several delays, the team has been going, going, going. The first sight that they saw on Wednesday was Trevi Fountain and downtown Rome. The squad learned that each day the Trevi Fountain collects 3,000 euros from visitors that throw coins in with the hope that one day they will travel back to Rome, according to superstition. Abby, Meghan, Teal, Mary, and Erin threw in coins to add to the collection. Afterwards the he team bussed to their first practice at the Vollero gym, which went well considering the jet lag.

The team was blessed with a rounded out traditional Italian meal following practice. The restaurant owner brought out platters beginning with fresh bruschetta, which I have to argue was made with the freshest tomatoes in Italy. The owner then continued with two courses of pasta and finished the meal off with salad and pizza. The salad and pizza had fresh mozzarella cheese which the team raved about.

Thursday the team woke up and had breakfast in the quaint hotel cafeteria and then walked to Vatican City and took a guided tour through the holy city.

When I asked soon to be a redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis what her favorite part of the day was she responded “St. Peter’s Basicilla was unlike anything I have ever seen before. The lemon and mango gelato was a great top off to the day.” The team hopped on the nearest metro station to grab their volleyball gear and they were off to a more familiar place; the volleyball court.

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The Golden Eagles played their first match against a Volleyro squad in Rome.

 

 

In the match, MU won the first set 25-23 behind six kills from Amanda Green and three from Meghan Niemann, while Green and Sara Blasier totaled two blocks each.

The Golden Eagles dropped the second set, 25-23 with four kills from Niemann in that frame. Through two sets Lauren Houg had collected 10 digs, while the squad combined for seven total blocks.

MU took control late in the third set and earned a 25-20 victory. Taylor Louis had 13 kills to lead the squad through the three sets, while Niemann and Green extended their totals to 11 and 10, respectively, while Niemann was hitting .529.

Marquette played a fourth set and finished with a victory as the team ended the night hitting a .287 clip with 13 team blocks. Louis led with 16 kills, while Niemann hit .578 with 14 kills. Houg tallied 17 digs as Blasier notched five kills, four aces and nine digs. Following the match, the Golden Eagles exchanged t-shirts with Volleyro and enjoyed a variety of selfies.

After the match it was back to the same restaurant from the night before and another delicious four-course meal.

Follow along with Lauren Houg’s blog for Marquette’s entire journey and don’t forget to follow on Twitter (@MarquetteVB), Facebook (/MarquetteVolleyball) and Instagram (@MarquetteVB).

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