Meghan Niemann and Ellen Hays
Sept. 10, 2015
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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team will play in its final road tournament this season and travel to the Pistol Pete's Showdown hosted by the University of Wyoming beginning Friday, Sept. 11 against the host Cowgirls at 1 p.m. CT.
MU (5-1) will also face Northern Colorado on Friday before concluding the tournament against No. 22, Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles went 2-1 last weekend playing at Missouri State. MU fell 3-2 to Oral Roberts, but rebounded to earn wins over Miami (3-2) and Missouri State (3-1). Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis was named tournament MVP after slamming 6.07 kills per set, while juniors Lauren Houg and Sara Blasier were selected to the all-tournament team.
MU will make its home debut following this weekend and host the annual Marquette Invitational Friday, Sept. 18- Saturday, Sept. 19. The Golden Eagles' tough non-conference competition continues as they host Wichita State, Albany and IUPUI before opening BIG EAST play on Wed. Sept. 23 against Xavier at the Al McGuire Center.
The Mountain West Network will air Friday's match at Wyoming live and for free. Live statistics for the two remaining matches are available through Gametracker at gowyo.com
For additional coverage, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
WYOMING [5-1 (0-0 Mountain West) | gowyo.com | @wyo_volleyball: Wyoming went 2-1 last weekend in the Gonzaga Invitational. Laura Beach and Kayla Slofkiss , juniors, were both placed on the All- Tournament team. Senior, Allison Waldvogel set a school record for her 35 digs in four sets and was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. Like MU, the Cowgirls are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. Series History: Wyoming leads Serles 2-0
NORTHERN COLORADO [2-4 (0-0 Big Sky) | uncbears.com | @UNCBearsVB]: Northern Colorado is hoping for redeption after dropping two in-a-row against Arizona State and No. 14 Colorado State. Emily O'Neil hit her career high in kills against Colorado State, with nine kills. O'Neil also lead the teams in attack percentage (.412). The Bears have defeated Western Michigan and Delaware so far this season as senior outside hitter Kendra Cunningham leads them with 87 kills. Junior setter Ashley Guthrie has 223 digs for the Bears through their first six games. UNC qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
Series History: First Meeting
No. 22 KANSAS [6-0 (0-0 Big 12) | kuathletics.com | @KUVolleyball]: The Jayhawks are ranked 22 in the AVCA Coaches' Poll this week and remain undefeated at 6-0. Last weekend, Kansas took down Duke, Western Illinois and UMKC in their home invitational. Kelsie Payne, sophomore, was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and posted 37 kills and a .464 hitting percentage. Kansas was also an NCAA Tournament team in 2014. Series History: Kansas leads 3-0
MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on Sept. 7. Louis averaged 6.07 kills last week, including a career-high 30 kills in a 3-1 victory at Missouri State. The Skokie, Ill. Native also hit 3.07 for the weekend and collected 2.29 digs per game.
Taylor Louis leads the BIG EAST in kills (144) and kills per set at 6.00, which is best in the NCAA. She also leads the nation in points per set at 6.31.
Junior libero Lauren Houg is second in the BIG EAST with 5.42 digs per set, which ranks 21st in the NCAA, while junior setter Sara Blasier leads the league with 11.62 assists per set and sits 11th nationally.
As a squad, Marquette tops the BIG EAST in assists with 13.67 each contest and kills at 14.46 per set. Those numbers are among the NCAA leaders at 10th and 14th, respectively.
When MU matches up against No. 22 Kansas on Saturday it will mark the second top-25 opponent that the Golden Eagles have faced this season. Marquette swept then-No. 21 Iowa State on Aug. 29 in Ames.
The Golden Eagles were picked to finish second in the BIG EAST this season for the fourth consecutive year. MU earned 69 total points with one first place vote behind Creighton's 81 points and nine first place votes. The Bluejays are the reigning BIG EAST Champions heading into the 2015 season.