MU Hosts DePaul Saturday for Regular Season Finale
Nov. 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team is set to wrap up regular season play on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. against BIG EAST Conference travel partner DePaul at the Al McGuire Center.
Lindsey Gosh and Courtney Kintzel will each be honored in a pre-match ceremony as part of Senior Night festivities, while MU will also honor its volleyball alumnae between sets two and three. Guests can present a ticket stub at the gate from Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. men’s basketball game against Omaha for free admission to the mach.
The match will be streamed live for free on GoMarquette.com with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Eric Brooks (analyst) on the call.
The Golden Eagles (23-7, 13-4 BIG EAST) enter the weekend as winners of seven of their last eight contests with the lone set back coming on Friday, Nov. 14 at Seton Hall in four sets. Marquette has clinched at least a top-three seed in the league tournament and will most likely face the Pirates in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 28 at the Al McGuire Center. Seton Hall would need a pair of victories this weekend and two losses by Creighton to push the Bluejays down to the No. 2 spot and a matchup with the Golden Eagles.
Outside hitter Autumn Bailey continued her dominant sophomore campaign for MU and became the first player in program history to earn Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honors on Tuesday afternoon for her play against Seton Hall and Villanova on Nov. 14-15. Bailey posted 8.00 points, 7.14 kills and 3.86 digs per set while hitting .341 in the two matches to lead the Golden Eagles.
She was also named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in 2014 on Monday. The Burlington, Ontario, native leads the league in points, kills and attacks, and sits in the top seven nationally in each category.
Bailey became the third player in program history to record at least 500 kills in a season this year and with 10 more kills on Saturday can become the first player ever at MU to reach 1,000 career kills in just two seasons.
Sophomore libero Lauren Houg joined Bailey by earning conference accolades with a spot on the league’s weekly honor roll after averaging 6.57 digs per set against the Pirates and Wildcats. The Plymouth, Minnesota, native appeared in just five matches as a freshman and has posted 6.71 digs per frame over the last two weeks. She sits fourth in the BIG EAST with 4.52 digs per set on the season.
In addition to Bailey’s record-setting pace, redshirt sophomore middle hitter Meghan Niemann has moved to the top of the MU single-season block assists record book with 121 in 2014. Niemann leads the Golden Eagles with 1.21 blocks per set on the year and sits fifth in the conference in that category.
The Golden Eagles swept DePaul in the last meeting on Oct. 11 in Chicago and were led by 16 kills on .375 hitting from Bailey. MU hit a combined .304 as a squad in the contest, while Niemann hit .538 with seven kills on 13 error-less swings. Sophomore middle hitter Teal Schnurr had nine blocks on the day for her second-highest total of the year as MU limited the Blue Demons to a hitting percentage of .111.
Marquette has won 14 of the last 15 meetings against DePaul and is 10-1 against the Blue Demons since the long-time rivals entered the BIG EAST in 2005.
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SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
at DEPAUL [3-26 (1-16 BIG EAST) | DePaulBlueDemons.com | @DePaul_Vball]: The Blue Demons head to Milwaukee as losers of 15-straight matches and 26 of 29 on the year, but have taken Villanova and Seton Hall to five sets in both matches last week. Junior outside hitter Saige Gallop leads DePaul with 3.16 kills per set and 332 overall, both of which rank ninth in the BIG EAST. The Blue Demons are allowing opponents to hit a league-high .267 against them and are averaging just 12.61 digs per set. DePaul’s last win over MU was in five sets on Nov. 1, 2008 in Chicago. Series History: DePaul leads 29-24.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
• Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week: Autumn Bailey (Nov. 17)
• 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, Nov. 17)
• 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; Nov. 17 – No. 26
• 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.
• 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.
• Bailey became the first player in program history to earn Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week honors on Nov. 17 after posting 8.00 points and 7.14 kills per set, while hitting .348 in matches at Seton Hall and Villanova.
• 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.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles will host the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship on Nov. 28-29 at the Al McGuire Center. Marquette will begin action in the semifinal round at 5:30 p.m. Central time on Friday, Nov. 28 as either the No. 2 or 3 seed, pending the outcome of this weekend’s matches.
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