Taylor Louis continues to lead the BIG EAST with 5.05 kills per set
Oct. 30, 2015
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MILWAUKEE-The Marquette University women's volleyball team will get back to BIG EAST play with just one match this weekend, and travel to DePaul on Saturday, Oct. 31. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Central time.
The Golden Eagles have won five straight contests dating back to Oct. 11 when the squad fell in straight sets at league-leader Creighton. Most recently, MU cruised past local foe, Milwaukee in three sets (25-20, 25-13, 25-18) on Monday evening led by 14 kills for reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, Taylor Louis.
In the first meeting this year, Marquette defeated the Blue Demons in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 at the Al McGuire Center led by 11 kills each from Louis and junior Joy Miley and 16 digs from Lauren Houg.
Since falling to MU, DePaul has gone 2-7, picking up a 3-1 victory over Xavier and a sweep of Providence. The Blue Demons have not been letting teams coast right through as five of those seven losses came in five sets, including Creighton and Villanova, the current top two teams in the BIG EAST.
Marquette has won 16 of the last 17 meetings against DePaul and is 12-1 against the Blue Demons since the long-time rivals entered the BIG EAST in 2005.
Live video of the match is available for a paid subscription through DePaul's athletics website, but live stats will be available at depaulbluedemons.com through Gametracker.
Updates are also available on the Marquette Volleyball twitter account, @MarquetteVB.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
DEPAUL [13-10 (2-9 BIG EAST) | depaulbluedemons.com | @DePaul_vball]: Saturday will be the 56th meeting between the two longtime rivals with Marquette winning 16 of the past 17 matches. The Blue Demons have lost two matches in-a-row, a 3-2 contest to Villanova and 3-1 to Seton Hall. DePaul is led by Brittany Maxwell averaging 2.82 kills per set, while Caitlyn Coffey is tallying 2.58 kills per set and is hitting .354, which is second-best in the league. As a squad, the Blue Demons are hitting .240, just behind Marquette's .247 hitting percentage. Series History: DePaul leads 29-26
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Taylor Louis was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season, while junior setter Sara Blasier was selected to the weekly honor roll after helping MU to a 2-0 week last week. Louis led MU in wins over Seton Hall and Villanova with 5.81 points, 5.25 kills and 2.62 digs per set to go along with a .252 hitting percentage. Louis connected on 19 kills and nine digs for a near double-double against Villanova in a 3-1 win that ended Villanova's eight-game win streak, while her double-double with 23 kills, 12 digs against the Pirates was her seventh of the season. Blasier tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 37 assists and a career-best 24 digs in the Golden Eagles' victory over Villanova. The Hartford, Wis. native averaged 10.38 assists and 4.12 digs per set against Seton Hall and Villanova.
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) | Oct. 26: Taylor Louis (FotW) Sara Blasier (Honor Roll)
Taylor Louis has increased her average to 5.05 kills per set, which leads the BIG EAST and ranks fourth in the NCAA, while Lauren Houg leads the league with 5.14 digs per set and sits 18th in the country.
Lauren Houg reached 1,000 career-digs Monday night against Milwaukee. The junior became the eighth person in program history to reach that milestone and currently ranks eighth on Marquette's all-time digs list with 1,015 career digs.
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 five major categories. The Golden Eagles lead the league with 16.97 digs per set, which is 19th in the NCAA. MU is ranked second in both hitting percentage (.247) and assists (12.86 per set), while the squad is third in the league with 13.70 kills per set. Marquette is also holding opponents to just a .193 hitting percentage, which is second-best in the conference.
Three different MU players have tallied double-doubles this season. Sara Blasier has recorded eight (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, 10/24 vs. Villanova, 10/26 vs. Milwaukee), Taylor Louis has 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, 10/23 vs. Seton Hall), while Lauren Houg (9/30 vs. Butler) and Mary Nilles (9/12 vs. Northern Colorado) have each posted one.
The Golden Eagles lead the league in digs and have reached 60+ digs as a team 12 times this season and is 9-3 overall in matches where they hit the 60-digs mark. The season-high for MU this season is 88 in a 3-1 victory over IUPUI on Sept. 19, which is third-most among the BIG EAST in matches that go to four sets.
The Last Meeting
September 26, 2015
Al McGuire Center
Golden Eagles Sweep DePaul, 3-0
The Marquette University women's volleyball team came out firing on Saturday and swept DePaul 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20) to earn its first BIG EAST victory of the season.