Lauren Houg ranks 21st in the NCAA with 5.13 digs
Nov. 13, 2015
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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team begins the final stretch of the BIG EAST regular season with a four-game road stretch, which kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Central time at Carnesecca Arena.
The Golden Eagles are 19-8 overall and own a 10-4 mark in BIG EAST play, which is fourth place. With one victory in its final four matches, MU will clinch a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament. Creighton, Villanova and Xavier have already secured their spots, though seeding is still up for grabs.
Marquette had its six-match winning streak snapped by Creighton last weekend, as the Golden Eagles fell to the Bluejays in straight sets, but the squad rebounded to sweep Georgetown in the final home match of the year.
The Golden Eagles continue to be led by redshirt freshman Taylor Louis who leads the conference and is fourth in the NCAA with 5.02 kills per set. Junior libero Lauren Houg tops the conference with 5.13 digs per set, while MU combined has 17.19 digs this year, which leads the league and is 19th in the country.
Saturday's match at St. John's will air live on ESPN3, while the match at Providence can be seen on friars.com for a subscription fee. Live stats are available for both matches.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
ST. JOHN'S [ 16-13 (16-8 BIG EAST) | redstormsports.com | @stjohnsvb: St. John's defeated Providence one week ago, which kept its hopes to advance to the BIG EAST Tournament in tact. MU is the team standing in front of that Red Storm goal, as a win for MU will clinch the fourth and final seed available. The Red Storm are the league's second-best blocking team at 2.37 per set, led by Danisha Moss with a BIG EAST-leading 1.25 per set. Marquette swept the Red Storm in the first meeting in Milwaukee this season and was able to hold St. John's without a single block. Taylor Louis led MU with 20 kills in the three sets, while the squad combined to hit .330 and held St. John's to just a .131 clip. Series History: Marquette leads 10-3
PROVIDENCE [10-18 (1-13 BIG EAST) | friars.com | @friarVolleyball]: MU will face Providence for just the fourth time in
history as the Friars only became BIG EAST volleyball members in 2014. Providence fell to St. John's in straight sets last
weekend and has not won a league game since a 3-2 victory over Seton Hall on Oct. 7. Providence will host DePaul on Saturday before MU arrives. Kayla Fitzgerald leads the PC offense with 3.37 kills per set, ranking seventh in the league, while the squad has shown to be an excellent serving team with 1.44 service aces per set, good enough for second-best in the conference. Series History: Marquette leads 4-0
MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
RPI Update: Oct. 5- No. 25 | Oct. 12- No. 36 | Oct. 19- No. 33 | Oct. 26- No. 27 | Nov. 2- No. 24 | Nov. 9- No. 29
Marquette needs just one more victory in order to clinch a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament, hosted by Creighton Nov.27-28. Creighton, Villanova and Xavier have all secured their spots, though no one has clinched a specific seed yet.
Meghan Niemann earned her fourth weekly award of the season, a mention on the BIG EAST Honor Roll, after helping MU to a 1-1 week. The Jackson, Wis. native averaged 2.17 kills and hit .400 in two matches for the Golden Eagles and also tallied 1.50 blocks per set. In Marquette's sweep over Georgetown Niemann landed eight kills and recorded a stellar .462 hitting percentage, while adding a team-high 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) | Nov. 9: Meghan Niemann (Honor Roll)
Taylor Louis continues to be one of the best hitters in the country. She is averaging 5.02 kills per set, which leads the BIG EAST and ranks fourth in the NCAA, while Lauren Houg leads the league with 5.13 digs per set and sits 21st 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 1,060 career digs. In that match against Milwaukee, Houg collected 24 digs, which is the highest output in three sets by a BIG EAST player this year.
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 six major categories. The Golden Eagles lead the league with 17.19 digs per set, which is 19th in the NCAA. MU is ranked second in hitting percentage (.248) and assists, dishing out 12.93, while also second with 13.81 kills per set.The Golden Eagles are the third-best blocking team in the league with 2.36 combined, paced by Jenna Rosenthal's 1.18 per contest and hold opponents to just a .188 hitting clip.
Four 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 17, 2015
Al McGuire Center
Marquette Blanks St. John's, 3-0
The Marquette University women's volleyball team, led by Taylor Louis who tallied 20 kills in the match, took down BIG EAST foe, St. John's, in straight sets, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-14) at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday evening.