Volleyball Travels to No. 15 Creighton and Providence
Nov. 2, 2017
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University volleyball team finishes its four-game road trip this weekend starting at No. 15 Creighton Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. and Providence on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. Central time.
The match against the Bluejays will air live on FOX Sports GO with John Schriner and Rob Simms on the call, while Sunday's match against the Friars will stream on friars.com, though a subscription is required.
Marquette (17-7, 11-2) posted a 2-0 record last weekend, sweeping St John's and taking Seton Hall to a fifth set. Sophomore Allie Barber was crowned as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week after setting a career-best 30 kills in a match and leading the way in the conference in points (6.31/set), kills (5.12/set) and service aces. Outside hitter Hope Werch received her second BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor after posting a double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs against Seton Hall and averaging 3.06 points, 2.75 kills and 2.52 digs per set.
Setter Lauren Speckman continues to lead the BIG EAST with 12.13 assists per set and ranks in the top of the assist per set leaderboard throughout Division I competition, ranking third in the country. As a team, the Golden Eagles claim the seventh spot in assists per set (13.78).
The Bluejays (18-5, 11-1) have been on a hot streak as they have won seven straight matches since falling to the Golden Eagles in October at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles swept then-No. 12 Creighton with the help of Barber's 21 kills and 29 assists from classmate Speckman.
Marquette and Creighton will be battling for the for the top seed in the league on Saturday. Creighton has overcome Marquette in the standings with a 0.917 winning percentage in conference, though Marquette sits in a comfortable lead over Butler and Seton Hall. The top four teams in the league will advance to the BIG EAST Tournament, hosted by Marquette.
The Golden Eagles swept Providence (15-12, 4-8) at home during Marquette's homecoming weekend. MU had three players with double-digit kills in Barber (15), Anna Haak (14) and Jenna Rosenthal (13). The Friars are currently out of the conference tournament contention after a five-game losing slide starting against Butler on Oct. 15.
The Golden Eagles will return home following this weekend hosting Georgetown (Nov. 10) and Villanova (Nov. 11) for senior day.
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