Efficient Offense Lifts No. 22 San Diego To Sweep

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 27th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News, WCC


  • San Diego def. Marquette 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-18)
  • San Diego moves to 2-1; Marquette falls to 1-2
  • Honolulu
  • Box Score

Four players tallied nine or more kills and the team hit at a .311 clip as the Toreros swept Marquette for its second straight victory on Sunday.

Senior opposite Jayden Kennedy led the way with 12 kills, while redshirt junior middle blocker Kaity Edwards (10), junior outside hitter Lauren Fuller (9) and freshman outside Roxie Wiblin (9) rounded out the offensive charge. Edwards hit at a team-best .444 clip and managed one of the team’s three aces. Senior libero Lizzy Tardieu managed a team-leading 14 digs, while Wiblin added nine.

Sophomore outside Allie Barber was the lone Marquette player to post double-digit kills, managing 13 putaways on a .364 hitting effort. Redshirt junior middle Jenna Rosenthal followed with seven kills, while freshman outside Hope Werch added six. Sophomore setter Lauren Speckman registered a double double adding 10 digs to her 31 assists. Freshman defensive specialist Martha Konovodoff also chipped in 10 digs.

The Toreros won the stat sheet, besting the Golden Eagles in kills (48-37), blocks (6-3), aces (3-2) and digs (48-43), while also holding their foes to a .182 hitting effort.

The teams tied 12 times in the Set 1, leading to a 17-all knotup. USD broke away with an 8-3 run to clinch the victory. Addie Picha put down three kills and Edwards tacked on a kill and an ace as the Toreros took the 1-0 lead in the match.

USD led 15-9 at the midway point of Set 2 as Edwards, Kennedy and Lauren Fuller chipped in three kills apiece. A service error slowed the Toreros momentarily, but three putaways later the lead was up to eight at 18-10. Marquette cut the margin to five on a block by Barber and Elizabeth Orf, but the Golden Eagles would get no closer. An Edwards kill capped the 25-19 win.

The Toreros never trailed in the final 25-18 victory, although the score was close through an 11-10 USD lead. Three Marquette miscues helped boost the deficit to five at 16-11. USD held the Golden Eagles at bay the rest of the way, winning the match on a Kennedy kill on its second try, following a service error.



Courtesy: USD Athletics

The USD volleyball team (2-1) closed out the Texaco Rainbow Wahine Invitational with a 3-0 sweep over Marquette Sunday evening. A balanced offensive attack led the Toreros to a 25-20, 25-19, 25 -18 win.

For the second match in a row, Jayden Kennedy led the Toreros in kills, totaling 12 with a .379 attack percentage. Kaity Edwards added 10 kills at an efficient .444 clip. Lauren Fuller and Roxie Wiblin each chipped in nine kills. Kristen Gengenbacher collected 42 assists and Lizzy Tardieu had a match-high 14 digs.

As a team the Toreros hit .311 while holding the Golden Eagles to a .182 kill percentage. USD won the defensive battle as well, totaling 48 digs to Marquette’s 43 and out-blocking them 6-3.

The first set was tied at 17-all, but the Toreros closed it out on an 8-3 run. The Toreros’ second set was their best offensively, just as it was in Saturday evening’s 3-0 sweep of No. 20 Hawai’i. USD hit .395 in the second frame. In the final set, the Toreros had an attack percentage of .225, but held Marquette to a .103 clip.

Marquette was led by Allie Barber’s 13 kills. Martha Konovodoff and Lauren Speckman each had 10 kills with Speckman also recording 31 assists.

The Toreros return to San Diego next weekend, hosting a tournament that features Villanova, Georgia Tech and No. 1 Texas. Their home opener is Friday afternoon against Georgia Tech at 1:30 p.m. All USD home matches will be streamed live on TheW.tv.


Courtesy: Marquette Athletics

The Marquette University women’s volleyball team concluded the 2017 Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the University of Hawaii, falling in straight sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-18) to No. 22 San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles (1-2) were led by Allie Barber with 13 kills and a .364 hitting percentage, while redshirt sophomore Jenna Rosenthal connected on seven kills, freshman Hope Werch six kills and junior Anna Haak adding five.

Sophomore setter Lauren Speckman tallied her first career double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs, while freshman Martha Konovodoff also collected 10 digs.

The Toreros had two players with double digit kills, led by Jayden Kennedy with 12, while Kaity Edwards recorded 10, while San Diego combined to hit .311 as a team.

The Golden Eagles will take to the road once again and travel to Indianapolis for a tournament hosted by IUPUI. MU will open Friday, Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. CT, followed by Wichita State and IUPUI at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT, respectively.

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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