Volleyball Heads Saturday to Travel Partner DePaul
Oct. 10, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team will play the second contest of a three-match road swing against BIG EAST Conference travel partner DePaul at 7 p.m. on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.
The Golden Eagles (13-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) are coming off a 3-1 victory at Xavier on Wednesday evening in which they hit a combined .358 and were led by 20 kills from sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey. Senior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh posted 14 kills on .500 hitting, while Nele Barber put up 13 kills and Meghan Niemann 11 with no errors.
The victory put Marquette back on the right side of the ledger after it suffered a 3-1 setback on Saturday evening to BIG EAST preseason favorite Creighton at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles had reeled off eight straight victories prior to the loss to the Bluejays, including a 3-2 upset victory at then-No. 7 Florida on Friday, Sept. 19.
Gosh, an All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection, nudged her way further up the conference leaderboard in hitting efficiency with her performance against the Musketeers. The native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin now sits sixth in the league at .310 and has drastically improved her hitting numbers over her four-year career at MU (-.280 as a freshman, .198 as a sophomore, .297 as a junior). She is also now seventh in program history with 118 service aces.
Though Gosh has not historically had a ton of success against DePaul, Bailey, Barber and Niemann did tremendously well in the two meetings against the Blue Demons in 2013. Bailey posted a career-high 29 kills on .500 hitting in her BIG EAST debut last season at DePaul, while Barber also added 18 kills in that contest.
Live statistics for the match will be provided through Gametracker, as will a free live video stream through DePaulBlueDemons.com.
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SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
at DEPAUL [3-14 (1-4 BIG EAST) | DePaulBlueDemons.com | @DePaul_Vball]: The Blue Demons head into Saturday’s match against the Golden Eagles having lost 11 of their past 12 matches, with their only win coming in a three-set sweep of Providence on Sept. 27. DePaul is led by junior setter Colleen Smith and junior outside hitter Saige Gallop. Smith is eighth in the BIG EAST in assists per set at 7.82, and is tied for seventh in the conference with 0.26 service aces per frame. Gallop is the main offensive force on the Blue Demons, racking up 3.09 kills per set, but is hitting just .157 in 2014. Marquette has won 13 of the last 14 meetings and is 9-1 against DePaul since the long-time rivals entered the BIG EAST in 2005. Series History: DePaul leads 29-23.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
• BIG EAST Player of the Week: Meghan Niemann (Sept. 22)
• BIG EAST Freshman of the Week: Gabby Benda (Sept. 29)
• The Golden Eagles will host the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Al McGuire Center for the third time in the last four seasons on Nov. 28-29.
• Marquette’s five-set win over then-No. 7 Florida on Sept. 19 marked the first win in program history over a top-10 opponent.
• The Golden Eagles were picked second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll with four first-place votes and are currently receiving votes (13 points) in the AVCA Poll.
• Despite the high expectations, MU’s most consistent starting lineup boasts just one upperclassman, senior Lindsey Gosh, along with four sophomores and a freshman.
• Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey, the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year, was pegged as the conference’s preseason player of the year in August.
• Head coach Ryan Theis is in his first season with the Golden Eagles after six years at Ohio University. Theis entered 2014 as the 18th-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I (.727) and was the 2009 and 2013 MAC Coach of the Year while leading the Bobcats to four NCAA tournaments.
• Marquette made its third straight appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2013.
• MU won its first BIG EAST regular season and tournament championships in program history in 2013 and went a program-best 15-1 in league action.
• Marquette’s last loss to a BIG EAST team not named Creighton or Louisville in regular season action was in 2011.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles will hit the road for another midweek match, this time in a unique noon CT start against Butler at the Health and Recreation Complex in Indianapolis as Hinkle Fieldhouse undergoes renovation.
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