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Volleyball Welcomes Providence To The Big East With A 3-0 Sweep

Welcome back to the big leagues, kid.

Lindsey Gosh's lethal lefty serve accounted for two aces on MU's 18-1 closing run against Providence
Lindsey Gosh's lethal lefty serve accounted for two aces on MU's 18-1 closing run against Providence
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25-15, 25-15, 25-12.  Boom, boom, boom, and Marquette moved to 1-0 in Big East play with a sweep of Providence on Friday night.

The Golden Eagles never hit lower than .294 in any set on their way to a .381 overall mark for the match, while the Friars only hit .056 and committed 22 errors.

Marquette jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first set and never looked back.  In the second set, things started out slower, and the Golden Eagles didn't get to a seven point lead until Nele Barber recorded a kill to make it 13-6.  Erin Lehman closed out the set with a kill that capped a 9-3 run that matched the first set's margin.

After intermission, Providence got their act together, and a Kayla Fitzgerald kill gave the Friars an 8-1 lead. Marquette went on a 10-3 run, powered by three kills each from Autumn Bailey and Lindsey Gosh, and suddenly things were tied at 11.  Gosh continued her hot streak, recording two kills and two service aces as MU scored 14 of the remaining 15 points of the match to take a 25-12 win and the three set sweep.

Bailey had a match high 15 kills and and tied with Lauren Houg for a team high 13 digs as well, but Gosh was the star of the match.  She had 11 kills on just 17 error free swings for a monstrous .647 hitting percentage.  Gabby Benda had 25 assists to boost her average while still sharing time with Mary Nilles.  PC was led by seven kills each from Fitzgerald and Abbie Trzeciak.

Up Next: Marquette looks to stay perfect in Big East action in New York when they take on St. John's (12-5).  The Red Storm ripped through DePaul in straight sets last night to even their league record at 1-1.  The match will get started on ESPN3 at 4pm Central on Saturday afternoon, aka less than three hours after you're reading this.