Marquette Places Four on First Team All-BIG EAST
Nov. 23, 2016
NEW YORK-- For the first time in program history, the Marquette women's volleyball team had four players selected to the First Team All-BIG EAST, while Allie Barber was named Co-BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, the league office announced on Wednesday.
Barber, along with redshirt senior Meghan Niemann and redshirt sophomores Taylor Louis and Jenna Rosenthal were all named to the all-conference first team, the fourth-straight selection for Niemann, and second consecutive for Louis, who was also a unanimous pick for the second straight year.
"I am happy for our individual award winners," head coach Ryan Theis said. "I think that their teammates also did a great job in helping them be successful this season."
Barber averaged 2.20 kills per set in BIG EAST matches this season and compiled a .318 hitting percentage, which ranked 11th in the league. Overall, the Cedarburg, Wisconsin native was fourth on the Golden Eagles with 1.91 kills through 30 games played this season.
In her final season, Niemann averaged 2.14 kills and hit at a .353 clip, while adding 0.76 blocks per set in league play to earn her fourth straight first team honor. The Jackson, Wisconsin middle blocker reached the 1,000-kill plateau this season and broke two MU all-time records for total blocks and block assists.
Louis continued to remain one of the league's top attackers in her second season. The Skokie, Illinois native led the league with 4.50 kills per set in BIG EAST matches, and totaled 4.45 per contest overall, while leading the conference in points per set with 4.99. The outside hitter also averaged 2.11 digs and 0.56 blocks per set, while compiling nine double-doubles this season. Louis became the quickest Marquette player to surpass 1,000 kills and just the second sophomore in program history.
In earning her first all-conference nod, Rosenthal stepped up as one of the top middle blockers in the league, with a conference-best 1.41 blocks per set in BIG EAST matches and had the league's top hitting percentage during conference play at a .416 clip. The local product from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin ranked 20th in the conference with 2.56 kills per set and added 21 service aces.
Marquette opens play in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Xavier on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. Central time. The match will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, while the championship is slated for Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. CT, airing live on FS2.
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