Lindsey Gosh led Marquette in kills as they lost to Louisville for the third time this season. - Dan Johnson/MarquetteImages.com
A determined effort from the Golden Eagles wasn't going to be enough to beat a talented team like the Cardinals, as the Cardinals won the Big East Championship game with sets of 25-19, 25-23, and 26-24.
Things started out on a good note. Marquette and Louisville traded points, and Marquette got two blocks in on Big East Player Of The Year Lola Arslanbekova. After an attack error and a ball handling error by Arslanbekova, Marquette found themselves up 9-6 in the first.
That's when Louisville remembered that they're one of the ten best teams in the country. Next thing you know, the Cardinals were up 19-12, and the set was essentially over. Yeah, Marquette cut the lead to 20-17, but Marquette only registered one kill in a 5-1 run to get it there.
The second and third sets got closer, with the third one needing to go to 26 points, but ultimately, Marquette couldn't manage more than 15 kills in any set, and that won't get it done in championship situations.
Up Next: Believe it or not, the regular season isn't over for Marquette. They host Northern Illinois on Saturday before waiting to hear their name called during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show next Sunday on ESPNU.