Marquette Begins Five-Match Homestand on Friday

Jenna Rosenthal is third in the league hitting .329
Oct. 15, 2015

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team will open a five-game homestand against a pair of BIG EAST foes this weekend, as the Golden Eagles welcome Providence and St. John's to the Al McGuire Center for matchups on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m., respectively.

The first 300 students that attend Friday's match against Providence will receive a free Marquette winter hat. All students in attendance will also have their named placed in a drawing for an Apple Watch. The winner of the prize will be announced during MU's match against St. John's on Saturday and students must attend both matches.

The Golden Eagles will head into the weekend sitting just above the .500 mark (4-3) through seven BIG EAST contests and sit in fourth place in the league standings. This weekend will mark the halfway point of conference play as each team will begin to face opponents for the second time this season. Most recently, Marquette dropped a 3-0 match at Creighton to finish off a four game road trip where MU collected a pair victories with sweeps against Seton Hall and Georgetown in between losses to Villanova and the Bluejays.

In the loss to Creighton, redshirt freshman Taylor Louis paced MU, notching nine kills in addition to four digs. Senior Sara Blasier also had a strong showing, dishing out 24 assists to couple a .571 hitting percentage.

Providence comes into the matchup with the Golden Eagles sporting a 1-6 BIG EAST record after dropping seven of their last eight matches overall. The lone conference victory for the Friars came on Oct. 7 as PC won a 3-2 home decision against Seton Hall. The Friars are led by junior Kayla Fitzgerald, who currently sits fifth in the BIG EAST, averaging 3.66 kills per set.

St. John's enters the weekend with a 13-9 record overall and a 3-4 conference mark. Last time out, the Red Storm dropped a 3-1 contest at home to Seton Hall. Featuring a tall front line, SJU currently leads the BIG EAST in blocks per set, averaging 2.56 blocks per set. Junior Danisha Moss leads the way defensively, as she tops the league with 90 blocks, averaging 1.43 blocks per set.

Live streaming can be found for both matches through Fans can also follow along through Gametracker with live stats, also found at Marquette's athletics website.

Updates are also available on the Marquette Volleyball twitter account, @MarquetteVB.

PROVIDENCE [ 10-10 (1-5 BIG EAST) | | @friarsvolleyball]: MU will face Providence for just the fourth time in history as the Friars only became BIG EAST volleyball members in 2014. Providence fell to St. John's in straight sets last weekend and with the loss he Friars at 1-5 in the BIG EAST and 10-10 on the season. Providence kept the first set close with a final score of 25-22, but lost steam in the second and third matches dropping them at 25-13 and 25-15, respectively. Junior Kayla Fitzgerald paced the Friars with 10 kills against St. John's. Freshman Emily Horner had the team's highest hitting percentage, .316, and seven kills. The team's lone conference win comes from a 3-2 victory over Seton Hall on Oct. 7. Series History: Marquette leads 3-0.

ST. JOHN'S [ 13-9 (3-4 BIG EAST) | | @StJohnsVB]: The Red Storm fell short of a comeback victory against longtime rival Seton Hall, losing to the Pirates, 3-1 (25-16, 25-12, 30-28, 20-25) in Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday night. Karin Palgutova was one of two players in double-digits in kills for the Red Storm with a team-high 15 kills and eight digs. Freshman Margherita Bianchin finished with 10 kills, while sophomore Julia Cast recorded nine. The Red Storm did receive a boost from senior Shawna-Lei Santos, who came off the bench to lead the defense with a season-high 17 digs and one service ace. St. John's is currently sitting in sixth place in the league standings.
Series History: Marquette leads 9-3.

• RPI Update: Oct. 5- No. 25 | Oct. 12- No. 36

Meghan Niemann was selected to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on Oct. 12 after helping Marquette to a 1-1 week at Georgetown and Creighton. Niemann averaged 2.50 points and 2.00 kills per set, with 1.00 block. This is her second conference honor of the year after being tabbed as league Player of the Week on Aug. 31. MU has had a player earn a weekly award in each of the seven weeks of the season. Lauren Houg was selected to the honor roll on Oct. 5. 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 an honor roll mention on Sept. 28.

Taylor Louis continues to be in the top-five in the NCAA in kills per set. This week the redshirt freshman is averaging 4.94 kills per contest and is fifth in the nation, but remains first in the BIG EAST. This is the first time this year that she has dipped under 5.00 kills per contest. Junior libero Lauren Houg is ranked 18th in the nation with 5.16 digs per set, while Sara Blasier is 57th in the NCAA, handing out 10.48 assists per set.

• As a squad Marquette is establishing itself as one of the top teams in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles lead the league with 16.59 digs per set, which is 32nd in the NCAA. MU is ranked second in both hitting percentage (.247) and kills (13.70 per set).

• The Golden Eagles have shown to be strong defensively with a combined 16.59 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.

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Al McGuire Center
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A 15-kill performance from sophomore Autumn Bailey led the Marquette University women's volleyball team to a 25-16, 25-19, 25-18 sweep over BIG EAST Conference foe Providence College on Saturday at the Al McGuire Center to lock up a spot in the league tournament, which it will host on Nov. 28-29.




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