Marquette Opens BIG EAST Play Against Xavier

Lauren Houg leads the league in digs per set
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Sept. 22, 2015

MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team opens its 11th season in the BIG EAST Conference on Wednesday when the squad hosts Xavier at 7 p.m. Central time. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Patrick Reed and Bob Brainerd calling the action from the Al McGuire Center.

The Golden Eagles enter the conference season with an 8-4 record and have just one non-league match remaining against crosstown-foe, Milwaukee at the end of October. After going 2-1 overall in the Marquette Invitational, the Golden Eagles claimed the tournament title with victories over Albany and IUPUI. The lone loss came in a narrow, five-set match against Wichita State. Junior Joy Miley was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after averaging 2.42 kills per set and 1.00 block per contest. Nicki Barnes and Taylor Louis were selected for all-tournament team.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis has established herself as an offensive threat to opponents in her first year playing for Marquette. Louis leads the NCAA with 5.38 kills per set and has recorded four double-doubles this season. Junior Lauren Houg leads the league with 5.33 digs per set, which is 13th in the NCAA. Classmate Sara Blasier is dishing out 10.90 assists pet set, which is third in the BIG EAST.

Wednesday is "Marquette Night:" athletes supporting athletes. Athletes will get points towards the Spirit Cup if they show up to the match.

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XAIVER [4-6 (0-0 BIG EAST) | | @XaiverVBALL]: The Musketeers have dropped their last two matches to teams ranked in the top-25 falling to then-No. 19 and then-No. 25 Kentucky. The squad has played two five-set matches this season and owns a 1-1 record when this occurs. The Musketeers finished league play at 12-7 last season and earned a berth in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament. Junior Abbey Bessler is currently leading the team in kills (119) and kills per set (3.05). Mackenzi Humm, redshirt sophomore, has been helping her teammates by assisting them186 times this season. Series History: Marquette leads the series 9-5.


Taylor Louis was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for her all-tournament team performance at the Marquette Invitational last weekend. This is her fourth straight conference honor in as many weeks as she was also named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Aug. 31 and the BIG EAST honor roll on Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. Redshirt junior Meghan Niemann was selected as BIG EAST Player of the Week on Aug. 31.

Taylor Louis' 5.38 kills per set leads the NCAA and she is second in total kills with 258. Also in the top-25 among national rankings is junior libero Lauren Houg who leads the BIG EAST with 5.33 digs per set and ranks 13th in the NCAA.

• As a squad Marquette is establishing itself as one of the top teams in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles are third overall in assists, dishing out 13.15 per set, which is 35th nationally, while the squad is second in digs with 16.73 per contest. Xavier is the league leader in digs at 17.40 per set. MU is third in the league with 13.9 kills per set, ranking 41st in the NCAA.

• MU is in the middle of a six-match homestand to close out the month of September. Since the 2011 season the Golden Eagles are 54-13 at the Al McGuire Center, including an 11-3 record in 2014.

• Three different MU players have tallied double-doubles this season. Sara Blasier has recorded four (8/28 vs. North Dakota, 8/29 vs. Dayton, 9/4 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/19 vs. IUPUI), Taylor Louis has also tallied four (9/4 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/5 vs. Miami, 9/18 vs. Wichita State, 9/19 vs. Albany), and Mary Nilles posted one against Northern Colorado on 9/12.

Ellen Hays collected a career-best 21 digs in a win over IUPUI on Sept. 19 which toppled her previous career high of 16 digs.

Taylor Louis posted a career-best 30 kills in a 3-1 victory at Missouri State on Sept. 5, which is the second-highest kills total by a BIG EAST player this season. Louis has the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth-highest kills total in a match by a league player.

• Marquette earned the AVCA team academic award for the 2014-15 season. The Golden Eagles combined for a 3.34 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year to earn the team award for the third straight year. Seven returning student-athletes earned the 2014-15 BIG EAST All-Academic Team award for posting a GPA of 3.0 or better.

UP NEXT: Marquette will host DePaul on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. CT. The Golden Eagles will be Lacing Up for Pediatric Cancer and wearing Gold Laces during the match. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and Marquette Volleyball is Going for the Goal and Golding Out the Al McGuire Center.

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Al McGuire Center
Marquette Denies Xavier in Three Sets
The Marquette University women's volleyball team completed its third consecutive sweep on Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center, with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Xavier.




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