Marquette's Niemann Named BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sept. 22, 2014
NEW YORK - Marquette University middle hitter Meghan Niemann is the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week for women's volleyball after helping the Golden Eagles to a 3-0 weekend, including at upset win at No. 7 Florida, the league announced on Monday afternoon.
Senior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh was also named to the conference's weekly honor roll for the first time this season.
"It was a great weekend for us in Florida with three wins over quality opponents," Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. "Meghan played a large role in that, providing a spark to our lineup and energy level during a lively environment in Gainesville on Friday evening. Hitting .520 against that type of competition is especially impressive."
Niemann recorded just one hitting error over 13 sets and hit a combined .520 with 27 kills on 50 attacks. The redshirt sophomore notched nine kills and hit .500 with four blocks in Marquette's five-set thriller at Florida as the Golden Eagles picked up their first-ever victory over a top-10 opponent.
She did not record an error in MU's final two matches with 11 kills (.500, 11-0-22) in the comeback win at UCF on Saturday and seven kills (.583, 7-0-12) in Sunday's sweep of Jacksonville.
Gosh hit .329 on the weekend with 2.31 kills and 1.00 blocks per frame. The native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin recorded a season-best six digs and seven blocks against the Gators, including a career-high four solo blocks. She hit .308 (10-2-26) at UCF on Saturday and .462 (7-1-13) against JU.
"Our results this weekend were truly a full team effort and each player made great contributions in a variety of ways," Theis said. "Lindsey was dynamic for us against Florida with 13 kills and seven blocks and got back in a rhythm at the service line as our rotations changed a bit this weekend. She and Autumn (Bailey) did a tremendous job keeping our opponents off balance and allowed us to pull out a pair of five gamers."
Bailey led MU with 4.22 points per set this weekend and tied a career-high with six service aces at UCF on Saturday.
Niemann and Gosh were each unanimous All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selections.
The Golden Eagles open conference play on Friday, Sept. 26 at Providence and will take on the Friars for the first time as league mates. MU will also play at St. John's on Saturday evening in Queens, New York.
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