MU Hosts No. 12 Creighton and Providence Beginning Thursday
Oct. 4, 2017
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team is set for its back-to-back matches beginning Thursday, October 5 when the squad welcomes No. 12 Creighton to the Al McGuire Center before hosting Providence on Friday.
Thursday's match will be televised on Spectrum Sports beginning at 7 p.m. with Patrick Reed and Michelle Griffin-Wenzel on the call, while Friday's contest will precede Marquette Madness and begin at 5 p.m.
Streaming for Thursday is available to those will a Spectrum Cable subscription and Friday's match will be produced by the Marquette Wire and can be streamed for free on College Sports Live or viewed through the College Sports Live app, available for iOS through the App Store or for Android devices on Google Play.
Help GOLD OUT the Al on Thursday by wearing gold to the match. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive a gold shirt to wear. Due to Marquette Madness on Friday doors for the general public will open at 4:30 p.m. Those in possession of a wristband, which will begin to be distributed at 3:30 p.m., will earn entrance not only to Madness, but also the 5 p.m. volleyball match versus Providence. Fans won't be asked to clear the Al at the conclusion of the volleyball match, but may be asked to relocate to accommodate special seating sections.
While wristbands are not required for entrance to the Reunion & Homecoming Block Party (3:30-7 p.m.) across the street from the Al, they will be mandatory for access to Madness and the volleyball match. All seating is general admission, but only Gold wristbands will be allowed in the lower bowl and Blue wristbands provide a seat in the upper level. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for free in Structure 1 and 2.
Re-entry into the Al McGuire Center won't be permitted and attendees won't be able to bring large backpacks or food/drink carry-ins. Concessions stands will be open for both the volleyball match and Marquette Madness.
The Golden Eagles have won six straight matches and sit at 11-5 overall and a perfect 5-0 mark in BIG EAST play following their recent win over DePaul. They were led by sophomore Allie Barber, who had 20 kills and a career-best .594 hitting percentage in that match. Barber is leading the BIG EAST in kills with an average of 4.75 per set, which ranks eighth nationally and was recently named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Hope Werch earned her first career weekly award as she was tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
It will be a battle of the league unbeatens as Creighton enters Thursday's match ranked No. 12 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and checks in eighth in the first RPI of the season. The Bluejays are 11-4 overall and 4-0 in BIG EAST play and have earned three wins over ranked opponents this season. Senior Marysa Wilkinson leads the squad with 3.02 kills per set and 1,02 blocks per set, while the Bluejays average 14.13 kills, 15.27 digs, 2.27 blocks and 1.27 aces per set while hitting .272.
After turning in one of its best non-conference performances, Providence comes to the Al with a 13-6 overall record and 2-2 BIG EAST mark with wins over Villanova and Georgetown. Addison Root leads the Friars with 3.67 kills per set, while freshman setter Allison Barber is dishing out 10.50 assists per contest. Providence is averaging 13.1 kills per set combined and is hitting .231.
MU is 3-11 all-time against Creighton last earning a win on Nov. 30, 2013. The Golden Eagles have never lost to Providence and own a 7-0 record since Providence volleyball became a BIG EAST member.
Barber, Werch Honored
Barber picks up her third offensive honor this season after averaging a league-best 6.21 points and 6.14 kills per set last week in wins against Xavier (3-1) and DePaul (3-0). The Cedarburg, Wis. native's 23 kills against Xavier tied a match high for the year in the league for four-set matches. Barber's average for the year in kills is 4.75, a league-best.
Werch averaged 3.21 points per set, 2.71 kills per set and 3.14 digs per set to rank in the top 20 in the league in all three categories last week. Additionally, she averaged 0.43 blocks per set and 0.29 assists per set and had a double-double with 10 kills, 10 digs against Xavier to help Marquette to a 3-1 win.
Newcomers Standing Out
Toppling Ranked Opponents Marquette opened 2017 defeating then-No. 20 Hawaii, 3-2 on its home court. This was the third straight season that the Golden Eagles have opened the year beating a ranked opponent in a true road win. In 2015, MU topped No. 21 Iowa State and in 2016 it was a victory at No. 7 USC.
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