No. 2 Marquette Hosts the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship
Nov. 23, 2017
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette Golden Eagles are set to open and host the 2017 BIG EAST Volleyball Tournament presented by Jeep beginning with two semifinals on Friday, Nov. 24 at the Al McGuire Center.
The tournament field was set Saturday evening as the final regular season matches were completed. Creighton secured the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 4 seed Villanova in the first semifinal on Friday, Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m. CT, while Marquette secured the No. 2 seed and will play No. 3 seed Butler in the second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. CT.
The semifinals will be live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Saturday's finals on FS2. Action will be called by Bob Brainerd and Michelle Griffin-Wenzel with correspondent Andrew Goldstein calling all the action over the weekend.
No. 1 seed Creighton (23-6, 16-2 BIG EAST) finished with its fourth-straight BIG EAST regular season title. The BLuejays are ranked 16 nationally. Creighton's two conference losses came from Marquette in October and Villanova last week. The Bluejays will face the Wildcats again on Friday as Villanova finished with an 11-7 BIG EAST record and an 18-11 overall record, claiming them the No. 4 seed.
Marquette finished with a 15-3 league record and a 21-8 overall record. The Golden Eagles' 15 wins in the BIG EAST is the squad's best record since 2013. Marquette finished out the regular season with a four-match win streak with success against Providence, Georgetown, Villanova, and DePaul.
The Golden Eagles picked up three-of-four major volleyball awards announced this week as sophomore Allie Barber was named BIG EAST Player of the Year and the Marquette coaching staff was named Coaching Staff of the Year by the BIG EAST coaches. Hope Werch became the second straight BIG EAST Freshman of the Year as redshirt junior Jenna Rosenthal earned First Team All-BIG EAST accolades for the second consecutive campaign and sophomore setter Lauren Speckman was selected to the All-BIG EAST second team. Barber is fifth in the nation for kills per set with an average of 4.83/set.
Marquette will face Butler who has not been to the BIG EAST tournament since 2013 where the Golden Eagles took down the Bulldogs and were eventual tournament champions. Butler (23-7,13-5 BIG EAST) finished out the season winning seven straight matches and 11 of the last 13. The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles split their series during the season with Marquette taking the first match away and Butler returning the favor in Milwaukee.
Tickets for the championship can be purchased in advance by calling the Marquette Athletics box office at 414-288-4668. Reserved all-session tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for youth ages three through 18. All-Session general admission tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for youth. Reserved single-session tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for youth. General admission single-session tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth. Students from all BIG EAST Conference institutions are free with an ID.
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