It was a history making night for the No. 14 seed Marquette University volleyball team as the Golden Eagles swept Cincinnati (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) to reach the round of 16 in the 2018 NCAA Championship for the first time in program history.
Marquette defeated St. John’s 3-1 to advance to its second straight Big East Tournament final, while Creighton swept Villanova to reach its seventh straight conference tournament title match.
Creighton senior Jaali Winters was named BIG EAST Player of the Year for the second major award of her career. St. John’s junior Amanda Sanabia was named Libero of the Year, while teammate Efrosini Alexakou received the Freshman of the Year award.
Jaali Winters (#5) matched her season-best with 25 kills in just 4 sets on Friday against Big East #2 Marquette.
Marquette outdid Northern Iowa in every facet of the game, snapping the Panthers’ 10-match win streak with a four-set comeback win.
Xavier’s Laura Grossman and Marquette’s Martha Konovodoff take this week’s BIG EAST volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week honors. Villanova’s Clare Delaplane was tabbed as Freshman of the Week for the third time.
10th-ranked Creighton remains alone atop Big East standings, earning its 8th-straight victory in 4 sets over Villanova Saturday.
#17 Marquette edged closer to the top of the Big East standings with a sweep of Butler; DePaul picked up a four set win over Xavier to wrap up its five-match home stand.
Allie Barber led an efficient and powerful Marquette offense to a sweep of Xavier.
Taryn Kloth helped provide a punch from the outsides of #13 Creighton in leading to a sweep of #17 Marquette.