Golden Eagles Fall to Creighton in Five Games, 3-2
BOULDER, Colo. ? In the final match of the Colorado Invitational, the Marquette Golden Eagles fell to Creighton, 3-2 (26-30, 30-28, 30-25, 22-30, 14-16). With the loss, the Golden Eagles go home winless on the weekend and drop to 5-4 on the season.
Creighton earned the first win, 30-26. Marquette started off strong tallying the early lead, but the Blue Jays caught up leading the two teams to trade points midway through the game. A kill by Theresa Coughlin gave the Golden Eagles a one point advantage, 19-18, but Creighton went on a 5-1 run to pull ahead 23-20. The Blue Jays never looked back as they cruised to victory hitting over 32 percent in the process.
The Golden Eagles fought back and claimed game two, 30-28. Creighton kept it close for most the game, but a kill by Jamie Mueller helped the Golden Eagles mount a 5-1 run and lead 26-22. The Blue Jays attempted a comeback, but could not catch Marquette as the Golden Eagles evened the match at one game apiece. Marquette improved its attack percentage, hitting 39 percent. Kim Todd led the way slamming down seven kills in the second game.
Marquette kept up the intensity and won game three, 30-25. A 5-1 run helped the Golden Eagles take the lead and maintain the five-point advantage for most of the game. Marquette out hit the Blue Jays registering a 20.5 percent attack percentage while holding Creighton to just two percent, with Coughlin contributing six kills to the Golden Eagle?s cause.
The Golden Eagles struggled in game four as Creighton sailed to an easy win, 30- 22, forcing a fifth and deciding game. Creighton scored six points before Marquette put one on the board, and led by as many as 11 points. Even with a Marquette rally coming within seven points, the Golden Eagles could not relinquish the early deficit. The Blue Jays held the Golden Eagles to a game-low 10 percent attack percentage, while Creighton hit over 35 percent.
The Blue Jays claimed the fifth game, 16-14, to win the match 3-2. Both teams battled, and Creighton rallied after being down by three points 12-9 to score five straight to lead 14-12. The Golden Eagles fended off three game points before Creighton came away with the victory.
Leah Ratzlaff led the way for the Blue Jays with 20 kills, while three additional Blue Jays added double-digit kills. Coughlin led Marquette with 20 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. Kim Todd contributed 18 kills and 12 digs to also record her second double-double this season.
Coughlin earned her third straight all-tournament team selection for her performance on the weekend. Joining Coughlin on the all-tournament team was Creighton?s Leah Ratzlaff, Amber Sutherland and Allie Griffin from Colorado and Stanford?s Kristin Richards and Foluke Akinradewo. Akinradewo was named the tournament MVP as she helped lead the Cardinal to the Colorado Invitational Team Title.
Marquette will return to action next weekend when they travel to Richmond, Ky., for the Nike/Comfort Suites Eastern Kentucky University Tournament. The Golden Eagles will square off against host EKU on Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT and will play UNC-Greensboro on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. EDT.