Taylor Louis is second in the NCAA with 5.11 kills per set
Oct. 8, 2015
Match Notes | Gametracker (Georgetown) | Watch Live (Paid Access) | Live Stats (Creighton)
The Marquette University women's volleyball team will finish a four-game road trip this weekend and head out to Georgetown, Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. CT at McDonough Arena before traveling to Creighton to face the Bluejays at D.J. Sokol Arena on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. CT. Sunday's game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Brad Burwell and Erin Russell calling the action.
The Golden Eagles are 11-6 overall and own a 3-2 record in BIG EAST action, currently sitting in fourth place in the standings. MU went 2-1 last week with wins over Butler and Seton Hall and falling in straight sets to Villanova. Despite the dropped match against Villanova, redshirt freshman Taylor Louis tallied her fifth double- double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs. In the match against Seton Hall redshirt junior Meghan Niemann had a stellar hitting performance and did not make a single error hitting a .500 clip for the day, while junior setter Sara Blaiser continues to make a name for herself in the league during her first year at Marquette, adding a match high of 38 assists in the win over the Pirates.
Following this trip, Marquette will return home and have the luxury of playing seven of the next eight matches home at the Al McGuire Center.
Live stats for each game will be available through GUHoyas.com and GoCreighton.com, respectively.Fans can watch Sunday's match by visiting http://www.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo, or by downloading the free FOX Sports GO app to begin accessing content. There is no charge to watch content on the BIG EAST Digital Network, and it is now available internationally.
Updates are also available on the Marquette Volleyball twitter account, @MarquetteVB.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
GEORGETOWN [ 7-11 (1-4 BIG EAST) | guhoyas.com | @HoyaVolleyball]: The Hoyas have just a 1-4 conference mark with their lone win coming in a 3-1 victory at Providence. Georgetown is led by Alysaa Sinnette who is averaging 3.57 kills per set this season and recorded 20 kills in the Hoyas' conference victory. Georgetown was swept by league-leader Creighton on Tuesday and sit at the bottom of the BIG EAST standings. The Golden Eagles have won the last six meetings against the Hoyas with the last loss coming in five sets on Sept. 26, 2010 at McDonough Arena. Series History: Marquette leads 9-4
CREIGHTON [ 11-7 (5-0 BIG EAST) | gocreighton.com | @CreightonVB]: The Bluejays sit at the top of the BIG EAST standings with an unblemished 5-0 record and ride a six-match winning streak into the weekend of play after sweeping Georgetown on Tuesday night. Jess Bird led Creighton with 15 kills and just one error to hit.412 in the match. The Bluejays swept MU in league play last season and have won 3-of-5 over the Golden Eagles since the Bluejays joined the league in 2013. Creighton will be host of the 2015 BIG EAST Volleyball Championship, the site where MU won its first-ever conference tournament title in 2013.
Series History: Creighton leads 7-3
MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
The NCAA released its first RPI this week and Marquette is No. 25, second to only Creighton (No. 20), in the BIG EAST.
Lauren Houg earned her first weekly honor this season and was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after helping MU to a 2-1 record last week. Houg averaged 5.00 digs per set and notched her first double-double with 16 digs and 10 assists against Butler. This was the first weekly honor for the junior, but the sixth time in as many weeks that Marquette had a player earn a weekly award. Taylor Louis was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Aug. 31 and Sept. 21 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 and Joy Miley earned her first honor last week, being named to the honor roll (Sept. 28).
Taylor Louis continues to be in the top-three in the NCAA in kills per set. This week the redshirt freshman is averaging 5.11 kills per contest and is second in the nation and first in the BIG EAST. Junior libero Lauren Houg is ranked 16th in the nation with 5.23 digs per set, while Sara Blasier is 50th in the NCAA, handing out10.61 assists per set.
As a squad Marquette is establishing itself as one of the top teams in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles are second overall in assists, dishing out 13.02 per set, which is 39th nationally, while the squad is second in digs with 16.94 per contest, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. MU is second in the league with 13.83 kills per contest and in hitting percentage at .247.
The Golden Eagles have shown to be strong defensively with a combined 16.94 digs this season. MU has collected 70-plus digs seven times this season and own a 5-2 record when this occurs.
Three different MU players have tallied double-doubles this season. Sara Blasier has recorded five (8/28 vs. North Dakota, 8/29 vs. Dayton, 9/4 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/19 vs. IUPUI, 9/30 vs. Butler), Taylor Louis has also tallied five (9/4 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/5 vs. Miami, 9/18 vs. Wichita State, 9/19 vs. Albany, 10/2 at Villanova), while Lauren Houg (9/30 vs. Butler) and Mary Nilles (9/12 vs. Northern Colorado) have each posted one.
Three of MU's six losses have come in close, five-set matches. The Golden Eagles have played in four matches that went to a fifth set and owns just a 1-3 record when this occurs.
Taylor Louis posted a career-best 30 kills in a 3-1 victory at Missouri State on Sept. 5, which is the most kills tallied in a four-set match in the NCAA this season and is the third-highest kills total by a BIG EAST player this season. Louis has the third and fourth-highest kills total in a match by a league player.
UP NEXT: Marquette returns home to the Al McGuire Center for a five-match homestand beginning on Friday, Oct. 16 against Providence at 7 p.m. CT.
The Last Meeting
October 26, 2014
Niemann and Bailey Lead MU to Sweep at Georgetown
Led by 17 kills from Autumn Bailey and a career-high nine blocks from Meghan Niemann, the Marquette University women's volleyball team swept Georgetown 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C., at McDonough Arena.