Big East: #15 Marquette Sweeps Xavier; DePaul Outlasts Butler in Five

  0 Derek Johnson | October 03rd, 2018 | Big East, College - Women's Indoor, News

Big East Roundup: Oct. 3, 2018

#15 MARQUETTE DEF. XAVIER 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-20)

The Golden Eagles continue to keep pace at the top of the Big East standings despite the early loss to Creighton, this time sweeping Xavier to earn a three-match winning streak.

Marquette’s offense was unstoppable in the match, logging a .441 hitting percentage led by a trio of double-digit scorers in Allie Barber (14 kills, .591), Jenna Rosenthal (12 kills, .706) and Anna Haak (10 kills, .381, 6 digs). Facilitating things were Lauren Speckman (25 assists) and Sarah Rose (18 assists), while Martha Konovodoff (13 digs) led the defense.

Xavier was solid on offense too, hitting .232. However, the struggles on defense and an advantage in aces (5-1) and digs (31-29) for Marquette tilted things the Golden Eagles’ way.

Amazingly too, not a single player for Xavier had double-digit kills or digs. Leading the way were Laura Grossman (9 kills, .148, 6 digs) and Morgan Finn (8 kills, .385).

Marquette now remains top two in the league as the only one-loss team and behind unbeaten Creighton. Xavier falls to 2-3 and seventh in the Big East.

Next up: The Golden Eagles now head to the road to take on DePaul in Chicago while Xavier goes back home for two straight starting with Villanova on Friday night.

DEPAUL DEF. BUTLER 3-2 (25-22, 12-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-11)

  • DePaul improves to 4-12 (2-3, Big East); Butler falls to 5-12 (2-3, Big East)
  • Chicago, Illinois
    • Attendance: 250
  • Box Score
  • DePaul Release | Butler Release

After falling behind 2-1 in sets, DePaul was able to turn things around and claim the final two games for a five-set victory. The match pushes the pair of teams into a tie with each other into the middle/lower-half of the Big East table.

Both teams found offensive success in the match, with Butler actually out-hitting DePaul .272 to .266. The Bulldogs also had more blocks (10-5), but DePaul logged more kills (68-67), assists (68-59) and digs (74-61) with the same amount of aces (3-3) on four less serve errors.

Individually, Emma Price (17 kills, .297), Claire Anderson (15 kills, .263, 12 digs), Avarie Evans-Allen (12 kills, .393) and Isabell De La Rosa (12 kills, .229) gave DePaul balance as double-digit scorers. Additionally, DePaul saw MacKenzie Savage (25 digs) lead the match in digs and Katie Dolan (24 assists, 12 digs) join Anderson with a double-double.

In the losing effort for the Bulldogs, Brooke Gregory (15 kills, .353, 3 blocks), Shanice Horn (13 kills, .360) and Bri Lilly (12 kills, .267, 3 blocks) all had double-digit kills. Megan Ramseyer (48 assists, 7 digs, 6 kills) and Elizabeth Labue (19 digs) also had strong efforts.

Next up: Butler heads back home to face Georgetown on Friday night and then Villanova on Saturday. DePaul, on the other hand, hosts their fourth straight (with a fifth to come) Big East match against #15 Marquette on Saturday.

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