Jenna Rosenthal is averaging 1.13 blocks per set
Oct. 22, 2015
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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team continues a five-match homestretch this weekend and will begin the second half of BIG EAST play against Seton Hall on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Central time before welcoming Villanova to the Al McGuire Center on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles are 14-7 and 6-3 in league action through the first half of the conference slate. MU is tied for third with Xavier in the BIG EAST standings. The top four teams will advance to the BIG EAST Tournament held Nov. 27-28.
Marquette is coming off of a 2-0 weekend for the first time since the first week of competition with a pair of sweeps over Providence and St. John's. MU has now played six consecutive matches in straight sets.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis earned both player and freshman of the week honors, awarded by the BIG EAST Conference after averaging 6.07 kills per set last weekend, including 20 kills in just three sets over the Red Storm.
Marquette has a quick turnaround following the weekend and will host crosstown-foe, Milwaukee on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Matt Menzl & Michelle Griffin-Wenzel calling the action from the sidelines.
Live streaming can be found for both matches through gomarquette.com. 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.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
SETON HALL [10-11 (4-5 BIG EAST) | shupirates.com | @shuvolley]: MU will open the weekend with a matchup against the Pirates, who they defeated earlier this season, 3-0 in South Orange, N. J.. The match featured Taylor Louis, who recorded 16 kills and hit .424, and also tallied eight digs. Seton Hall was led by Amanda Hansen and Abby Thelen, both notching 12 kills each in the contest. The Pirates are coming off of a three-set loss to Villanova, falling to 10-10 on the season, and 1-5 in the BIG EAST. The match was highlighted by Hansen, a native of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, becoming only the ninth player in Seton Hall history to record 1,000 career kills. Hansen leads the team this season in kills (221), as well as hitting percentage (.312). Series History: Marquette leads 10-5
VILLANOVA[18-4 (8-1 BIG EAST) | villanova.com | @NovaVolleyball]: MU will welcome Villanova to the Al McGuire Center on Saturday, looking to bounce back from their loss earlier this year to the Wildcats. Villanova swept Marquette earlier this month, thanks in large part to junior Claire Crutchfield who tallied 13 kills, and hit .310. The Wildcats limited Taylor Louis, MU's leading scorer this season, to 13 kills, while only hitting .073. Villanova has won seven consecutive matches, most recently defeating Seton Hall in straight sets last Saturday. Villanova currently sits in second place in the BIG EAST, trailing Creighton by one game. Series History: Marquette leads 11-2
MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
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Taylor Louis became the first player this season to be named BIG EAST Player and Freshman of the Week on Oct. 19. Louis helped lead MU. The Skokie, Ill. native averaged a league-best 6.33 points and 6.17 kills per set in consecutive 3-0 sweeps over both Providence and St. John's. She also averaged 2.83 digs through the two matches. Her 20 kills against St. John's were a match high for the conference this week in a three-set win, while the 17 kills against Providence were second-best in the category. Against the Red Storm, Louis' .395 hitting percentage was her second-best this year and it was the 10th time this season that she recorded 20+ kills. It was the first time she reached 20 kills in a three-set match. Against Providence, Louis notched her sixth double-double of the year with 17 kills and 11 digs.
Marquette has had a player earn a conference weekly award each week this season: Aug. 31: Taylor Louis (FotW) Meghan Niemann (PotW) | Sept. 7: Taylor Louis (Honor Roll) | Sept. 14: Taylor Louis (Honor Roll) | Sept. 21: Taylor Louis (FotW) | Sept. 28: Joy Miley (Honor Roll) | Oct. 5: Lauren Houg (Honor Roll) | Oct. 12: Meghan Niemann (Honor Roll) | Oct. 19: Taylor Louis (PotW/FotW)
Taylor Louis has increased her average to 5.04 kills per set, which leads the BIG EAST and ranks second in the NCAA, while Lauren Houg leads the league with 5.04 digs per set and sits 24th in the country.
As a squad Marquette is establishing itself as one of the top teams in the BIG EAST Conference and sits in the top-three of six major categories. The Golden Eagles lead the league with 16.55 digs per set, which is 28th in the NCAA. MU is ranked second in both hitting percentage (.249) and assists (12.89 per set), while the squad is third in the league with 13.75 kills per set.
The Golden Eagles have played six consecutive matches in just three sets and has 12 straight set matches this season. MU is 8-4 overall in those matches.
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, 10/16 vs. Providence), 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), 10/16 vs. Providence), while Lauren Houg (9/30 vs. Butler) and Mary Nilles (9/12 vs. Northern Colorado) have each posted one.
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.
The Last Meeting
October 3, 2015
South Orange, N.J.
Marquette Tops Seton Hall, 3-0
The Marquette University women's volleyball team bounced back with a stellar 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-15) sweep at Seton Hall on Saturday evening in New Jersey.