It was like we were seeing two different teams on Friday and Saturday nights on the east coast. On the way to losing to Villanova on Friday, Marquette hit just .155 and never broke .190 in any of the three sets. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Golden Eagles hit .330 against Seton Hall, including going for .467 in the first set and .389 in the third en route to a 3-0 sweep of the Pirates.
That's... quite the difference, especially when you consider that Marquette had mowed through DePaul and Butler with relative ease, from a hitting percentage perspective. It was errors that were the problem against Villanova. Marquette committed 20 errors in the three set series, and only seven of those were a result of blocks by the Wildcats. Against Seton Hall, MU committed just 10 errors, which goes a long way towards making things just a bit easier.
Marquette's hitting seemed to hinge essentially on the play of redshirt freshman Taylor Louis, who ended both matches as the only Golden Eagle with double digit kills. Louis had 13 strikes on Friday night, but she also was charged with half of Marquette's 10 errors and finished with a hitting percentage of .073. It was a different story against Seton Hall, as Louis committed just two errors in the match and hit .424 with 16 kills on the night.
With the 1-1 weekend, Marquette is 3-2 in Big East play so far.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles will put on their traveling shoes again next weekend, as they make the biggest road swing of the season. They'll be in Washington, D.C., to play Georgetown (7-10, 1-3 Big East) on Friday night, but they'll immediately hop a plane to Omaha to tangle with first place Creighton (10-7, 4-0 Big East) on Sunday afternoon.