Golden Eagles Prepare For Final Homestand
Nov. 11, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team will play its final two home matches of the regular season when it takes on Seton Hall at 3 p.m. CT on Nov. 12, followed by St. John's at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13.
Following Saturday's contest there will be an on-court Senior Day ceremony, which will celebrate the accomplishments of Marquette's seven seniors, which include: Nicki Barnes, Ellen Hays, Teal Schnurr, Joy Miley, Lauren Houg, Meghan Niemann, and Sara Blasier.
Saturday's match will also air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, via FOX Sports Go with Patrick Reed calling the action, while Sunday's match will stream live on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of Marquette Television.
Marquette has enjoyed a high level of success playing inside of the Al McGuire Center, totaling an 8-2 home record. The 8-2 home mark is good for second in the BIG EAST, trailing league-leader Creighton, playing to an 8-1 record at home.
The Golden Eagles currently sit in second place overall in the BIG EAST conference with an 11-3 record. MU has won three straight, and nine of the last 10 matches it has played. Throughout the season, Marquette has been led by Taylor Louis, who has now notched 420 kills this season, recently surpassing the 1,000-career kill mark. Louis is currently second in the BIG EAST with 4.38 blocks per set.
MU's all-time leader in total blocks, Meghan Niemann, has recorded 87 total blocks during the 2016-17 campaign and sits at 992 kills, heading into the weekend. Reaching the 1,000-kill plateau would be her third milestone reached this season. Senior libero Lauren Houg leads MU with 452 digs (4.71 per set), good for second place in the conference.
Marquette's first test of the weekend will be Seton Hall, a team which is currently riding a three-match win streak. The Pirates sit in fifth place in the BIG EAST standings with an 8-7 conference record, to go along with a 14-14 overall record. SHU is led by Danielle Schroeder and Abby Thelen, who have tallied 307 and 272 kills, respectively, during the season.
On the defensive end, the Pirates count on the efforts of Tessa Fournier and Haylee Gasser. Fournier leads the squad, and the BIG EAST conference, with 479 digs (5.04 digs/set), while Gasser leads SHU with 94 total blocks.
The Golden Eagles will wrap up the weekend when they take on St. John's, who currently sits in eighth place in the conference with a 5-10 league record. St John's will turn to Gaia Traballi and Julia Cast to provide an offensive spark. Traballi has posted 314 total kills (3.02 kills/set) while also adding 17 service aces. Cast has tallied 299 kills, while hitting at a .233 clip.
Traballi also leads the team in digs, with 213 (2.05 digs/set) and has recorded 63 total blocks this season. Danisha Moss leads the league in block average, accumulating 1.46 blocks per set.
Following the weekend schedule, Marquette will conclude BIG EAST regular season play when it plays Butler on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis, Ind., followed by Xavier on Nov. 19 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Golden Eagles will then prepare for the BIG EAST tournament from Nov. 25-26 in Indianapolis, which will be hosted by Butler.
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