Erin Lehman will be honored, along with Mary NIlles, in a pregame ceremony Saturday
Nov. 5, 2015
Match Notes | Gametreacker (Creighton) | Watch Live (Georgetown) | Gametracker
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette women's volleyball team will play its final home matches of the season this weekend when the squad hosts Creighton on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Central time before welcoming Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.
Friday's match against Creighton will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports Go with Matt Schroeder and Matt Rodewald calling the action, while Saturday is senior night for the Golden Eagles. Erin Lehman and Mary Nilles will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.
The Golden Eagles hold a 9-3 record in league action and are tied with Xavier in the standings. The Musketeers won the first meeting in September, but MU will have another chance in the final regular season weekend.
MU is currently on a six-match winning streak since a 3-0 loss at Creighton on Oct. 11 and has dropped just two sets in that stretch. Five of those six matches were played at the Al McGuire Center where the Golden Eagles own a 9-2 record this season.
A slew of promotions are available for students this weekend. On Friday, the first 300 students will receive a long-sleeve MU volleyball shirt and all student can enjoy free pizza at the match. On Saturday against Georgetown it is fan/student appreciation day. Everyone in attendance will get raffle tickets that they can put towards prizes. Prizes consist of Marquette men's basketball tickets to the Iowa game, fanatic tickets, assorted Marquette gear, Apple TV, and many more. Students can also pick up their fanatic t-shirts.
Live stats via Gametracker are available for both matches this weekend, while a free live stream is available at GoMarquette.com for the Georgetown match.
Updates are also available on the Marquette Volleyball twitter account, @MarquetteVB.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
CREIGHTON [ 18-8 (12-1 BIG EAST) | gocreighton.com | @creightonvb: Marquette and Creighton will face off on the BIG EAST Digital Network for the second time this season. MU was swept by the Bluejays in the first meeting in Omaha and has fallen in the past three matchups. The Blue Jays enter Friday with an 18-8 overall record and a 12-1 mark in BIG EAST play after dropping its first league match to Villanova last weekend. Creighton leads the conference and has already clinched a berth to the BIG EAST Tournament. Freshman Jaali Winters leads the team with 3.91 kills per set, while Jess Bird averages 2.60 kills and 2.82 digs. As a squad, the Bluejays average 13.83 kills per set, which is just ahead of Marquette. Series History: Creighton leads 7-3
GEORGETOWN [ 10-16 (4-9 BIG EAST) | guhoyas.com | @HoyaVolleyball]: Georgetown will play at DePaul Friday night before traveling up to Milwaukee. MU swept the Hoyas in the first meeting this season, but Georgetown has won two of its past three matches, defeating Providence and Seton Hall. Senior Lauren Saar was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 2.75 kills per set and 1.75 digs per set last week. She recorded her fifth double-double of the season, and 27th of her career, against Seton Hall with 13 kills and 15 digs. For the season, Alyssa Sinnette leads the Hoyas with 323 kills and 3.51 kills per set. Series History: Marquette leads 10-4
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Taylor Louis was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season and third straight, while junior Meghan Niemann was selected to the weekly honor roll after the duo helped extend MU's win-streak to six matches. Louis averaged 6.08 points and 5.33 kills per game on .338 hitting, and added 18 digs with two near double-doubles in the week's matches. Niemann had 2.92 points, 2.17 kills per set while hitting .480, and also added 1.50 blocks per set in MU's wins. Against DePaul, the Jackson, Wis. native landed six kills with no errors to hit a blistering .545 clip against the Blue Demons. She also recorded five blocks.
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) | Nov. 2 Taylor Louis (FotW) Meghan Niemann (Honor Roll)
Taylor Louis has increased her average to 5.08 kills per set, which leads the BIG EAST and ranks fourth in the NCAA, while Lauren Houg leads the league with 5.08 digs per set and sits 22nd in the country.
Lauren Houg reached 1,000 career-digs on Oct. 26 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 1,025 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 17.06 digs per set, which is 21st in the NCAA. MU is ranked second in both hitting percentage (.251), as Creighton leads the league at a .257 clip. The Golden Eagles rank third in assists (12.89 per set) and kills at 13.79 per set. Marquette is also holding opponents to just a .187 hitting percentage, which is second-best in the conference.
Three different MU players have tallied double-doubles this season. Sara Blasier has recorded a team-leading nine (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, Oct. 31 at DePaul), 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 Last Meeting
October 11, 2015
Marquette Falls at Creighton, 3-0
The Marquette University women's volleyball team faltered on the road at Creighton on Sunday, dropping a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) decision to the Bluejays at D.J. Sokol Arena.