Seton Hall and Villanova on Deck for Volleyball
Nov. 12, 2014
Nov. 12, 2014
MILWAUKEE - After sealing a berth in the 2014 BIG EAST Conference tournament, the Marquette University women's volleyball team will head to the East Coast for matches at Seton Hall on Friday, Nov. 14 and at Villanova on Saturday, Nov. 15.
Friday's contest against the Pirates will take place at 6 p.m. Central time from Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey, while Saturday's match will occur at the same time in Villanova, Pennsylvania at the Jake Nevin Field House. Each game will have live statistics and a premium video feed provided through each university's athletics website.
The Golden Eagles (22-6, 12-3 BIG EAST) ride a six-match winning streak into Friday's match and have won 18 of their last 19 sets since suffering a 3-1 defeat at Creighton on Friday, Oct. 24. Sophomores Autumn Bailey and Lauren Houg were named the BIG EAST Conference players of the week for offense and defense, respectively, after MU picked up three victories last week at Milwaukee and at home against St. John's and Providence.
Bailey paced MU offensively in the last three contests with 5.40 kills and 6.10 points per set while hitting .359. She leads the conference in all matches with 4.57 kills, 0.41 service aces (41 total), and 5.33 points per set, the latter of which ranks eighth in all of NCAA Division I.
Houg picked up her first BIG EAST honor after posting 6.20 digs per set in the three victories. The Plymouth, Minnesota, native contributed 28 digs in the four-set win over the Red Storm for the second-highest total of her career and chipped in 20 digs in Saturday's sweep of PC.
Earlier this season the Golden Eagles swept Villanova and toppled Seton Hall, 3-1, at the Al McGuire Center on Oct. 17-18.
Bailey led MU in the win over Villanova with 21 kills on .419 hitting while the Wildcats hit just .084 as a squad and managed double figure kills in just one of the three sets.
Against Seton Hall, Marquette set an NCAA record for a four-set match with 117 points, while Bailey had 25 kills on 89 attacks (an NCAA single-match high this season). Although MU holds an 8-3 all-time advantage against the Pirates, almost every meeting since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST in 2005 has been a hotly contested affair with eight five-set matches during that span.
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SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
at SETON HALL [23-6 (11-3 BIG EAST) | SHUPirates.com | @SHUVolley]: The Pirates started BIG EAST play at 8-0 and have appeared to right the ship after three-straight losses, beginning with their 3-1 defeat at MU on Saturday, Oct. 18. Seton Hall leads the BIG EAST in blocks (3.05 per set), digs (17.50 per set) and opponent hitting percentage (.147), while raking second in hitting percentage (.245) behind Marquette. Senior twin sisters Shelbey and Stacey Manthorpe lead the offensive charge for the Pirates with Shelbey averaging 9.95 assists per set (third in the BIG EAST) and Stacey 3.51 kills (sixth in the BIG EAST). Up front, senior Ashani Rubin and Amanda Hansen each rank among the league's leaders in hitting percentage and blocks, while libero Tessa Fournier paces the conference in digs. Series History: MU leads 8-3.
at VILLANOVA [12-17 (5-9 BIG EAST) | Villanova.com | @NovaVolleyball]: Villanova has prevailed in just one of its last five matches, all of which were sweeps, and sits 5-8 in conference action entering Friday's match against DePaul. Junior Lauren Carpenter leads the Wildcats with 3.52 kills and 3.93 points per set, while freshman middle hitter Cara Cunningham paces the squad and is seventh in the BIG EAST with 1.12 blocks per frame. Series History: MU leads 10-1.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
BIG EAST Player of the Week: Meghan Niemann (Sept. 22)
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week: Autumn Bailey (Oct. 13, Oct. 20 & Nov. 10)
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week: Lauren Houg (Nov. 10)
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week: Gabby Benda (Sept. 29 and Oct. 20)
NCAA RPI: Oct. 6 - No. 21; Oct. 13 - No. 28; Oct. 20 - No. 24; Oct. 26 - No. 27; Nov. 3 - No. 21; Nov. 10 - No. 23
The Golden Eagles will host the BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship at the Al McGuire Center for the third time in the last four seasons on Nov. 28-29.
Marquette's five-set win over then-No. 7 Florida on Sept. 19 marked the first win in program history over a top-10 opponent.
The Golden Eagles were picked second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll with four first-place votes and are currently receiving votes (eight points) in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll.
Despite the high expectations, MU's most consistent starting lineup boasts just one upperclassman, senior Lindsey Gosh, along with four sophomores and a freshman.
Sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey, the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year, was pegged as the conference's preseason player of the year in August.
Bailey's 89 attacks in MU's four-set victory over Seton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 18 are the most for a player in NCAA Division I this season and the most-ever for a Golden Eagle. Marquette set an NCAA record for a four-set match with 117 points in the win, while Bailey had 25 kills.
Sophomore middle hitter Teal Schnurr had 10 block assists on Nov. 4 at Milwaukee, marking the first time that an MU player has notched at least 10 blocks since former AVCA All-American Rabbecka Gonyo had 11 on Sept. 12, 2009, also against Milwaukee. Schnurr helped the Golden Eagles to 16.0 total team blocks against the Panthers, the highest MU total in a three-set match since at least 2002.
Head coach Ryan Theis is in his first season with the Golden Eagles after six years at Ohio University. Theis entered 2014 as the 18th-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I (.727) and was the 2009 and 2013 MAC Coach of the Year while leading the Bobcats to four NCAA tournaments.
Marquette made its third straight appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2013.
The Golden Eagles have won 20 matches for a program-record five-straight seasons.
MU won its first BIG EAST regular season and tournament championships in program history in 2013 and went a program-best 15-1 in league action.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles return to the Al McGuire Center for their final home match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 22 against DePaul at 6 p.m. Right-side hitters Lindsey Gosh and Courtney Kintzel will be honored in a pre-match Senior Day ceremony.
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