MU Faces Northern Iowa in NCAA First Round

Junior Lauren Houg averages 5.18 digs
Dec. 2, 2015

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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University volleyball team will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Dec. 4 against Northern Iowa (19-14) in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

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Marquette (21-11) will be led by redshirt freshman Taylor Louis with 4.89 kills per set and 567 total kills, which is just nine kills short of matching MU's single season record. The Skokie, Ill. native ranks fifth in the NCAA in kills per set and is fifth in total attacks with a Golden Eagles' record of 1,513 this season. Louis was a five-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week and earned league Player of the Week honors once. She was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team.

Redshirt junior Meghan Niemann also earned first team all-league honors for the third straight season. Niemann tallied a .324 hitting percentage with 2.03 kills per set and totaled 0.98 blocks per contest, while junior libero Lauren Houg ranks 24th in the NCAA with a team-best 5.18 digs each contest.

UNI is making its 19th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and has three Sweet 16 appearances in school history. Juniors Kayla Haneline and Amie Held earned First-Team All-MVC honors, in addition to earning spots on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team. Haneline leads the squad with 3.17 kills per set and 1.05 blocks, while Held is collecting 4.31 digs per contest.

The Panthers hold a 4-1 record in the all-time series between the two programs and last picked up a five-set win on Sept. 9, 2012 in Milwaukee.

The winner of this match will face the winner of No. 2 Minnesota and Jackson State at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday for the right to advance to play in Des Moines, Iowa.

MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
• Marquette earned its fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth, and the program's fifth oveall, on Sunday as an at-large selection from the field.

BIG EAST HONORS: Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis and redshirt junior Meghan Niemann were selected to the 2015 First Team All-BIG EAST Conference team earlier this week. Louis was a unanimous selection to the first team and earns her first all-conference award after she led Marquette and the BIG EAST with 4.86 kills per game and 540 total kills, which is the third-most kills in a season by an MU player. She also recorded a league-best 5.27 points per set and was the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week once, while earning five BIG EAST Freshman of the Week awards.
The Skokie, Ill. native tallied 20-or-more kills in 11 matches this season, with one 30-kill match in a victory at Missouri State in September. She also recorded nine double-doubles and had just four matches that she did not reach double digits in kills.
Niemann picks up her third straight first team all-conference honor after averaging a team-high .335 hitting percentage overall and a league-leading .382 clip, with just 15 total errors in BIG EAST Conference matches. The Jackson, Wis. native is averaging 1.00 blocks per set, but has 1.17 blocks in league play, which is fifth overall, and has 111 total blocks in 2015. She was named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week twice this season.

• Marquette has had a player earn a conference weekly award each week this season: Aug. 31: Taylor Louis (FotW) Meghan Niemann (PotW) | Sept. 7: Taylor Louis (Honor Roll) | Sept. 14: Taylor Louis (Honor Roll) | Sept. 21: Taylor Louis (FotW) | Sept. 28: Joy Miley (Honor Roll) | Oct. 5: Lauren Houg (Honor Roll) | Oct. 12: Meghan Niemann (Honor Roll) | Oct. 19: Taylor Louis (PotW/FotW) | Oct. 26: Taylor Louis (FotW) Sara Blasier (Honor Roll) | Nov. 2: Taylor Louis (FotW) Meghan Niemann (Honor Roll) | Nov. 9: Meghan Niemann (Honor Roll) | Nov. 16: Meghan Niemann (PotW)

Taylor Louis continues to be one of the best hitters in the country. She is averaging 4.89 kills per set, which leads the BIG EAST and ranks fifth in the NCAA, while Lauren Houg is 24th in the country with 5.18 digs per set.

Lauren Houg reached 1,000 career-digs on Oct. 26 against Milwaukee. The junior became the eighth person in program history to reach that milestone and currently ranks fifth on Marquette's all-time digs list with 1,169 career digs. In that match against Milwaukee, Houg collected 24 digs, which is the highest output in three sets by a BIG EAST player this year. Houg has 601 total digs this season, which surpassed the 563 digs that she totaled last season and is the third on the season digs list. The record is 638 set by Julie Jeziorowski in 2011.

Taylor Louis' surpassed Kimberly Todd and has 567 kills in the season, which is second on MU's single season list. The season record for kills is 576, which was set by Autumn Bailey in 2014. Louis has 1,513 total attacks this season, which broke the season record of 1,375 previously set by Ashley Beyer in 2011.

• The Golden Eagles are one of the best defensive teams in the country with 17.72 digs per set, which is fourth nationally. Marquette totaled a season-high 105 digs in a five-set loss to top-seeded Creighton on Nov. 27 in the BIG EAST semifinals. That was also the most digs an MU team has totaled in a BIG EAST Championship game. The squad has collected 80-or-more digs in a match seven different times this season.

• Four different MU players have tallied double-doubles this season. Sara Blasier has recorded a team-leading 13: (8/28 vs. North Dakota, 8/29 vs. Dayton, 9/4 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/19 vs. IUPUI, 9/30 vs. Butler, 10/16 vs. Providence, 10/24 vs. Villanova, 10/26 vs. Milwaukee, Oct. 31 at DePaul, 11/14 at St. John's, 11/20 at Butler, 11/21 at Xavier, 11/27 at Creighton), Taylor Louis has tallied nine (9/4 vs. Oral Roberts, 9/5 vs. Miami, 9/18 vs. Wichita State, 9/19 vs. Albany, 10/2 at Villanova, 10/16 vs. Providence, 10/23 vs. Seton Hall, 11/6 vs. Creighton, 11/14 at St. John's), while Lauren Houg (9/30 vs. Butler) and Mary Nilles (9/12 vs. Northern Colorado) have each posted one.

The Last Meeting
Northern Iowa3
Marquette2
September 9, 2012
Al McGuire Center
Marquette Falls to No. 25 UNI in Five-Set Heartbreaker
The Marquette University women's volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker to No. 25 Northern Iowa (19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 17-15) Sunday afternoon in the final match of the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic at the Al McGuire Center.


 

 

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