With a Friday trip to Washington coming in front of a Sunday trip to Omaha to face first place Creighton, it was imperative that Marquette come away from the Georgetown match with a win. They got exactly that, winning 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-20) at McDonough Arena.
Things started out rough for the Golden Eagles as Georgetown took an 8-4 lead on an attack error by Meghan Niemann. A 9-3 run twisted things in favor of Marquette, but only by a 13-11 margin. It stayed tight from there, and after Georgetown staved off the first set point from Marquette with a kill from Ashlie Williams, Taylor Louis and Joy Miley knocked down the next two for the first set win.
Louis, Miley, and Niemann tallied kills right in a row early in the second set and Louis capped off a 4-0 run with a service ace. That put MU up 7-4, but that lead wasn't safe. Alyssa Sinnette would tie it up at 13 with a kill for the Hoyas, and from there, no one could take more than a one point lead until MU rattled off four straight late to take control and end up with the 25-22 win.
I've long said that basketball is a game of runs, and the same can be said for volleyball. That was definitely the case in the third set. Marquette used a 6-1 blast to take a 10-4 lead early, but Georgetown came hustling back with a 7-1 run to knot it at 11. Four more off the hands of Golden Eagles were wrapped up by a service ace from Sara Blasier to put MU up 15-11, but that still didn't put Georgetown away. They had a 5-1 run in them to tie it at 20 before MU put down the final five points of the match to get the win, including two more aces from Blasier.
Blasier finished with four aces on the day to go with her 31 assists to keep her average over 10 per set. Louis and Jenna Rosenthal tied with the team lead in kills with 10 apiece. It's a low scoring day for Louis, as the Golden Eagles benefited from 18 Hoyas errors. Marquette was able to overcome a lousy hitting day from Louis, as she hit .143 on 35 attacks. Sinnette had a match high 11 kills to lead the Hoyas in the losing effort.
Up Next: It's that aforementioned match against Creighton. The Jays won their seventh straight match on Friday night by rallying from a 0-2 deficit to beat.... DePaul? What? Seriously? "We won 11 straight to open the season and now have lost five of six in Big East play" had a 2-0 lead on Creighton? Man, they're gonna be annoyed as hell on Sunday. Match time is 1pm Central, and it'll be carried on the Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go.