Marquette Hits the Road for Two Matches
Oct. 12, 2017
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team puts its eight-match winning streak to the test this weekend with back-to-back road BIG EAST contests. The Golden Eagles travel to Villanova Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Central time and Georgetown Sunday, Oct. 15, also at 1 CT.
Live stats can be found on gomarquette.come for both matches with streaming available for a subscription.
Marquette (13-5, 7-0) is receiving votes in this week's AVCA Coaches' Poll after toppling then-No. 12 Creighton in straight sets last week. The Golden Eagles have not lost a match since falling at Wisconsin on Sept. 14 and have dropped just one set in the eight-match win streak. Reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Allie Barber leads the league with 4.87 kills per set and is fifth nationally. Her 326.5 points is also 27th in the NCAA. The outside hitter took the crown for the second week in a row and fourth time this season as she clocked 6.00 kills per set and a .477 hitting percentage. Barber also marked 21 kills against the Bluejays, while only noting one error in 37 swings.
Sophomore setter Lauren Speckman continues to rack up the assists. Her 12.30 assists per set is second in the NCAA, while Marquette's 13.87 assists per set average is fourth in the nation.
The weekend's match ups will be the first outings against Villanova and Georgetown this season, wrapping up the first half of conference play. Villanova enters the match 11-7 overall and 4-3 in BIG EAST action. The Wildcats are led by Allie Loitz at 3.40 kills per set, while Ragan Lough is collecting 3.90 digs per contest.
Marquette has a 13-3 program record with the Wildcats and split the season series in the 2016 campaign.
Georgetown fell to St. John's on Wednesday and owns a 7-12 record and 1-5 conference mark. The Hoyas are led by Symone Speech with 3.53 kills per set, and a 3.95 hitting percentage and will face DePaul prior to meeting the Golden Eagles.
Marquette has seen the Hoyas 17 times in competition, creating a 13-4 record, including winning both matches a year ago.
The Golden Eagles return home to begin the second half of BIG EAST action hosting Xavier on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. CT live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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