MU Concludes Regular Season at Butler and Xavier
Nov. 17, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's volleyball team will conclude its regular season with a pair of road matches beginning with Butler on Nov. 18 on 5 p.m. CT, and concluding with Xavier on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. Central time.
The match against Xavier will be shown live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via the FOX Sports Go app.
MU currently sits in second place in the BIG EAST conference standings, one game ahead of Xavier, and is assured to be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Golden Eagles are locked in to playing the Musketeers in the tournament with only seeding to still be determined. Creighton has secured the No. 1 overall seed as the league regular season championship with four teams vying for the fourth and final seed.
The Golden Eagles have been led thus far by Taylor Louis who has registered 456 kills, followed by Jenna Rosenthal who has totaled 243 kills, while hitting at a .370 clip. Both Louis' 456 kills and Rosenthals' .370 hitting percentage rank second in the BIG EAST conference in their respective categories.
The opening match against Butler will be a rematch of a five-set battle on Oct. 12 at the Al McGuire Center, which resulted in a MU victory. In the match, Louis added 20 kills, while Megan Niemann tallied 14 kills, while hitting at a .542 clip.
Throughout the 2016-17 campaign, Butler has relied on Anna Logan, who has notched 545 kills (4.40 per set), the most in the conference. Logan also has contributed 85 total blocks and 124 digs for the Bulldogs. The match for Butler, which is tied for fifth in the conference standings, will be especially important as it tries to move into fourth place, securing a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Xavier will face DePaul on Friday night before Marquette comes to town. The Musketeers have locked a BIG EAST Tournament seed up and Saturday's match will help determine the final seed. Xavier has been led this season by Abbey Bessler who owns 408 kills (3.74 per set) during the 2016-17 campaign.
The Golden Eagles will look to tap into past successes against Xavier, sweeping the Musketeers in three sets back on Oct. 5. MU hit .321 in the match, led by Rosenthal at .636, to come away with the victory.
After the weekend matches, MU will travel back to Indianapolis for the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, hosted by Butler beginning Nov. 25. The championship match is slated for Saturday, Nov. 26 with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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