(RV) Marquette Outlasts Villanova Behind Two 25-Kill Performances

  0 Bill Stadick | November 12th, 2017 | Big East, College - Women's Indoor, News


  • Marquette (RV) def. Villanova 3-2 (25-14, 25-27, 25-10, 20-25, 15-11)
  • Marquette moves to 20-8 overall, 14-3 Big East
  • Villanova drops to 16-11 overall, 9-7 Big East
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Attendance: 1,004
  • Box Score
  • VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Week 12)

Marquette (RV) defeated the visiting Villanova Wildcats in a five-set thriller that featured two Golden Eagles, sophomore outside Allie Barber and junior outside Anna Haak, recording 25 kills each.

The offensive production marked a career-best for Haak, who also recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 23 digs, tying tied a career-high in that stat category. Sophomore setter Lauren Speckman also registered a double-double with 57 assists and 14 digs.

For the Wildcats, sophomore outside Remy Fairchild recorded a double-double of her own with 17 kills and 12 digs. Junior middle Amanda Pedersen-Henry added 12 kills, while sophomore setter Emma Decker dished out 45 assists and senior libero Allison Fitzgerald recorded 25 digs

In the first set, Marquette cruised to a 25-14 victory, eventually winning on a Barber service ace. The second set was knotted at 25 when Villanova used a Pedersen-Henry kill and double block by Decker and sophomore middle Allie Olsonoski to earn the 27-25 deuce set victory.

The third set was all Marquette, which the Golden Eagles won by a lopsided 25-10 score. Villanova responded in the fourth with a 25-20 win that ended on a Fairchild kill and forced the tiebreaker set. Marquette jumped to a 9-2 lead in the fifth, however, and held on to win 15-11 on a kill by junior middle Jenna Rosenthal.

Next up, Villanova hosts Creighton on Friday, while Marquette travels to DePaul for a Saturday match.



Courtesy: Marquette Athletics

Haak and Speckman each record double-doubles

MILWAUKEE — Backed by 25 kills each from sophomore Allie Barber and junior Anna Haak, the Marquette University women’s volleyball team took down Villanova in a 3-2 (25-14, 25-27, 25-10, 20-25, 15-11) battle on Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.

With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 20-8 overall and 14-3 in the BIG EAST. This is the eighth consecutive season that MU has recorded 20-or more victories in a season.

Barber and Haak led the Golden Eagles with 25 kills each, a career-high mark for Haak, while she also recorded her fifth double-double of the season adding a career-high-tying 23 digs. Sophomore Lauren Speckman tallied her team-high seventh double-double of the campaign with 57 assists and 14 digs.

Redshirt junior Jenna Rosenthal totaled 10 digs, while putting up six blocks. Freshman Martha Konovodoff and sophomore Madeline Mosher also totaled double digit digs with 13 and 11, respectively.

The Golden Eagles used a 9-1 run in the first set to take control and claim a 25-14 victory, but Villanova (16-11, 9-7) responded in the second set claiming a 27-25 win to even the match at 1-1.

In the third set Marquette used .452 hitting to a 25-10 rout over the Wildcats, while holding Villanova to just a .071 clip, but once again the Wildcats responded and evened the match at two sets apiece with a 25-20 win in the fourth frame.

Marquette opened the fifth set with a strong 9-2 advantage after Villanova notched three consecutive attack errors. Mosher found the floor for a kill at 12-7 and Rosenthal sealed the win with a final kill and the 15-11 win.

Marquette combined to hit .318 as a team with a .444 clip from Haak, while holding the Wildcats to just a .193 mark in the match.

Villanova was led by Remy Fairchild with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Allison Fitzgerald collected 25 digs.

Marquette concludes the 2017 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 18 at DePaul with first serve slated for 1 p.m. CT, live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

Courtesy: Villanova Athletics


Villanova Loses In Five Sets To Marquette On The Road Saturday Night

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Remy Fairchild (Southlake, Texas) finished with a double-double (17 kills, 12 digs) as Villanova fell to Marquette 3-2 (14-25, 27-25, 10-25, 25-20, 11-15) on Saturday night.

Villanova (16-11, 9-7 BIG EAST) Team Stats

52 kills

49 assists

3 serve aces

79 digs

5 blocks

Marquette (20-8, 14-3 BIG EAST) Team Stats

74 kills

66 assists

7 serve aces

74 digs

7 blocks

Villanova Individual Stats

Remy Fairchild: 17 kills, 12 digs, 17.5 points

Amanda Pedersen-Henry (Murrieta, Calif.): 12 kills, 13 points, 2 blocks

Emma Decker (LaGrange, Ill.): 45 assists, 2 service aces, 8 digs

Allison Fitzgerald (St. Louis, Mo.): 25 digs

Set 1: Marquette took an early 2-1 lead before Villanova responded with a 5-1 run on a pair of kills from Amanda Pedersen-Henry to force a Golden Eagles timeout at 6-3. Out of the timeout, Marquette took three out of the next five points to get the set back within two at 8-6. Villanova continued that lead to 10-8 but Marquette rattled off five straight points to force a Wildcats timeout trailing 13-10. The Golden Eagles scored three more points before Villanova had to take another timeout to try and halt Marquette’s 8-0 run. They scored again before a service error stopped the run. Villanova was able to get two straight points to bring the score to 19-14 but Marquette then closed out the set 25-14.

Set 2: After trailing 5-2 early in the set, Villanova and Marquette traded scores all the way to an 11-9 Golden Eagles lead. Marquette then scored two in a row to extend their lead to 13-9. Villanova was able to bring the score back within three trailing 15-12. The score stayed within three until the Wildcats were able to score two straight points on kills from Pedersen-Henry and Remy Fairchild to trail by one at 17-16. They stayed within one to a 20-19 score before a service ace from Emma Decker tied the set at 20. They remained tied until 22-22 when Villanova took their first lead since 1-0 at 23-22 forcing a Marquette timeout. The Golden Eagles scored out of the timeout to tie the set again at 23. The teams tied at 24 and 25 before Villanova scored two straight on another kill from Pedersen-Henry and a Marquette attack error to take the set 27-25.

Set 3: Marquette got out to a hot start in the third set scoring three quick points but a kill from Myah Massenburg (Glen Allen, Va.) stopped the early run. The Golden Eagles scored five out of the next six to force an early Wildcats timeout trailing 8-2. Out of the timeout, Allie Olsonoski (New Orleans, La.) had a kill but Marquette continued to roll scoring nine straight times to take a 17-3 lead. A kill from Darcy Wolf (Allentown, Pa.) stopped that run but two more points from Marquette gave them a 19-4 lead. Villanova cut into the lead a little bit, bringing the score to 23-10 before the Golden Eagles closed out the set 25-10.

Set 4: Villanova got started fast in the fourth set jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Marquette answered quick to tie the match at three and then took the lead 5-4. Villanova then took six out of the next seven points on a pair of kills from Pedersen-Henry and Fairchild to take a 10-6 lead. Marquette responded with a 3-0 run of their own but Villanova earned back to back points to keep the lead at 12-9. The Golden Eagles got it back within one at 14-13 but Villanova got it back to three at 17-14 after another kill from Pedersen-Henry. Marquette then scored two straight to get it within one again but Fairchild added another kill to make it 18-16. The Wildcats got their lead to three at 21-18 after a kill from Wolf to force a Golden Eagles timeout. Out of the timeout, Emma Decker had a service ace and Myah Massenburg had a kill to give the Wildcats a 23-18 lead. They eventually closed out the set 25-20 on a kill from Fairchild.

Set 5: Marquette scored the first three points to start out the fifth set and force a Wildcats timeout. Out of the timeout, Marquette scored again but a kill from Remy Fairchild got the Wildcats on the board at 4-1. The teams then traded scores to bring the set to 5-2 but the Golden Eagles had back to back scores to take a 7-2 lead. They scored two more times but Fairchild had another kill to stop the run at 9-3. The Golden Eagles scored next but the Wildcats scored three straight points to bring the score to 10-6 and force a Marquette timeout. Out of the timeout the two teams traded points to 13-8 Golden Eagles when Villanova scored two straight to get within three at 13-10. Marquette then closed out the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.

Head Coach Josh Steinbach had this to say following the close loss, “We played really hard and I’m proud of our group. It was a tough match and we’ve dealt with a lot of injuries. We had some chances and we’re disappointed we couldn’t take advantage.”

Next in their Schedule:

The Wildcats wrap up their regular season with two home matches next weekend against Creighton on Friday and Providence on Saturday. Both games will be played at Jake Nevin Field House at 7 p.m.


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