- Marquette defeats Kentucky 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17)
In their first day at the Bluegrass Battle, Marquette took down host Kentucky in four sets, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17.
Marquette bested Kentucky with a .303 hitting percentage, holding Kentucky to .193.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis recorded her third double-double this season, with a season-high 20 kills and tied her career high 16 digs. Louis also added two blocks and hit .375. Senior setter Sara Blasier handed out 40 assists and had nine digs, while senior Lauren Houg picked up 21 digs.
Although Marquette took the match, Kentucky led the match 60-54 in kills, 53-51 in assists and 176-132 in total attack attempts. It was Marquette’s 69-59 dig lead that helped push them to the four set defeat.
Courtesy of Marquette Athletics
LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Marquette women’s volleyball team finished day one of the Bluegrass Battle on a high note as the squad took down tournament host Kentucky, 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17) on Friday evening at Memorial Coliseum.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Louis had an excellent day as she recorded her third double-double of the season with a season-best 20 kills and matched a career-high with 16 digs. She hit a .375 clip and added two blocks. Redshirt senior Meghan Niemann was also stellar offensively as she hit 11 kills and a .391 hitting percentage, and also recorded four blocks.
Senior setter Sara Blasier dished out 40 assists and had nine digs, while classmate Lauren Houg collected 21 digs.
Marquette (6-2) combined to hit .303, while holding the Wildcats to .193.
In the first set, Marquette got on the board first with a kill from Niemann and did not look back. Louis slammed down a kill, which extended MU’s lead to 23-19 and forced Kentucky to call its last timeout. Louis and Niemann teamed for a block to give the Golden Eagles set point, 24-19 and a kill from Louis wrapped up the win, 25-21. Marquette hit .289 as a team, while Louis and Niemann landed six and four kills, respectively.
After falling 25-19 in the second set, MU stormed into the third frame with a 12-2 lead that had UK burn through both timeouts in that stretch. Niemann found the floor to give MU set point, 24-15, and a miscue from the Wildcats ended the set as Marquette won, 25-18.
Marquette moved through the fourth set and after the set was even at 6-6, the Golden Eagles used a 7-3 run and took a 13-9 lead heading into a Kentucky timeout. Joy Miley found the floor for a kill, to set up match point at 24-17, and the Golden Eagles won the match on a final miscue from the Wildcats.
The Golden Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. Central time when the squad takes on Virginia in the final match of the Bluegrass Battle.