Two volleyball matches provide a frame for men's and women's soccer this weekend. But let's start with the season finale for women's soccer.
Women's soccer brings a close to their season with a match against South Florida (6-7-4, 2-5-3). The Golden Eagles currently sit tied with West Virginia for first place in the American Division. To win their third consecutive American Division title outright, Marquette will need to beat the Bulls at Valley Fields tomorrow night and needs a West Virginia loss or tie to break the logjam at the top of the standings. Unfortunately, the #17 Mountaineers have drawn a road match at Pittsburgh, and the Panthers currently sit at 2-12-4 on the year with a Big East record of 1-7-2. The good news is that all of Pitt's ties have come at home this year, while one of their wins was at home and the other was on a neutral site. Also falling into the good news category is that their lone home win was in their last home contest, a 6-1 asskicking of an otherwise completely mediocre St. John's team. That WVU-Pitt match takes place tonight at 6pm Central (live stats available here), so Marquette will know if they have a shot at the outright title when they take to the pitch on Saturday night.
As for the Bulls, they snapped a 5 match winless streak and a 3 match scoreless streak in their last match, a 3-2 win over St. John's in New York. Taylor Patterson leads USF in scoring with 13 points (5G, 3A) and 13 different Bulls have netted a goal this season. Nicole McClure has the majority of net time for USF with a GAA of 1.18 and a save percentage of .796.
After the jump: Men's soccer travels to New Jersey & volleyball looks to stay atop the Big East standings!The Seton Hall Pirates provide Saturday night's competition for the men's soccer team as they look to rebound from Wednesday's night defeat. Freshman Sebastian Jansson was named to Soccer America's Team Of The Week and is expected to return to play after leaving the Georgetown match with a shin injury. 9 different players have tallied goals for Seton Hall (4-8-2, 0-5-0) this season, led by sophomore Max Garcia. One of the nine is Anthony Reichwaldt, who started SHU's first five games as their goalkeeper before being moved to forward. Based on that, it's not terribly surprising to find out that the Pirates have used 4 different keepers this season, none of whom have managed a save percentage better than Reichwaldt's .714.
Volleyball starts their weekend tonight at 7pm when they play host to Seton Hall. Meghan Matusiak leads the Pirates (13-8, 4-2) with 3.72 kills/set, a number that ties her for 2nd best in the conference with Marquette's Ciara Jones. Alyssa Warren is dangerous when serving and from the back line, currently tied for 6th best in the Big East in service aces per set with MU's Ashley Beyer and sitting 3rd in the BE with 5.51 digs/set. Live video of the match will be available here.
The New Jersey theme continues in the Al McGuire Center on Sunday afternoon when Rutgers drops in for a match at 12:30pm. You'll be able to watch the match via live streaming here. The Scarlet Knights (8-15, 1-5) are currently winless in 7 attempts on the road with a trip to Syracuse tonight before coming to Milwaukee. Rutgers is a bit of a mystery as Alex Jones, their team leader in kills/set, is sidelined by injury and their 2nd best hitter by average, Tiffany Regmund, isn't a regular player either. Kallie Pence leads the Knights with 3.33 digs/set and junior setter Stephanie Zielinski leads the Big East with 11 double-doubles this season.