Marquette Set for Wisconsin in NCAA Tournament First Round
Nov. 30, 2017
AMES, Iowa--The Marquette University volleyball team will play in its seventh straight NCAA Tournament when the Golden Eagles face off in the first round against in-state rival Wisconsin Friday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. Central time in Ames, Iowa at Hilton Coliseum.
The match will stream live and for free on Cyclones.TV with live stats also available at Cyclones.com.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a strong regular season showing that saw them finish second in the BIG EAST and rack up a 22-9 record (15-3 BIG EAST). The BIG EAST recognized Marquette's strong year, as Allie Barber won Player of the Year, Hope Werch was Freshman of the Year, the coaching staff was named tops in the conference, Jenna Rosenthal was selected to first team all-conference and Lauren Speckman wrapped up the awards, taking home All-BIG EAST Second Team honors. Barber led the conference in kills per set (4.74) and Speckman was tops in assists with 11.68/set.
Marquette will head to Ames looking to avenge a four-set loss to Wisconsin earlier this season. The Golden Eagles forced the Badgers to drop their first set of the year at the time and will face a tough test, as Wisconsin ranks 18th in RPI and 11th in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Wisconsin turned in a 20-9 regular season with a 11-9 Big Ten mark. Dana Rettke leads the Badger offense with 3.37 kills/set and 4.39 points/set. The Badgers also have a tough defense, with three players averaging over a block a set and four totaling over two digs per set.
The last match between these rivals was a tight affair, with three of the four sets coming down to six points, including a 26-24 win by Wisconsin in the deciding fourth set. The Badgers own the series history with a 19-2 edge.
The winner will advance to the second round and play the winner of host and No. 14 national seed Iowa State Cyclones (21-6) and Princeton (18-7) at 6:30 CT on Saturday, Dec. 2. Marquette last advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2015 after defeating Northern Iowa in five sets before falling to two-seed Minnesota in straight sets.
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