It took Marquette just 68 minutes to hand Georgetown a 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-18) loss at the McGuire Center on Friday night, giving everyone in attendance more than enough time to make their way from 12th Street down to 4th Street for the men’s basketball game later in the evening.
With the win, the Golden Eagles move to 19-8 overall and 13-3 in league play, but more importantly, Marquette clinches a spot in the Big East tournament. With just two regular season matches remaining, MU can no longer be caught even by fourth place Villanova, thus guaranteeing the Golden Eagles one of the top four spots and one of the four tournament berths. You won’t get the league office to admit it, but they have to be very excited about this development, as the tournament will be held at the McGuire Center over Thanksgiving weekend.
As you can tell, this was pretty much as one-sided as a volleyball match can get. Marquette closed the first set on a 12-3 run that included nine straight by the Golden Eagles. The second set was even more tilted towards in MU’s favor as they found themselves holding onto a 14-4 lead “midway” through the frame. Things actually got even more lopsided as MU expanded that lead out to 19-5. These are the kinds of things that happen when Georgetown commits 11 attack errors in one set and hits -.152.
The third set was, I guess, competitive. Really, the only difference in this verse was an early 5-0 burst by the Golden Eagles. Georgetown had their own 4-0 push later in the match to bring the margin down to just three points at 16-3, but that’s about as close as things got. It was MU’s worst hitting frame of the match, connecting for a hitting percentage of “only” .276. For the record, AFTER posting that, Marquette is hitting .275 for the entire season.
Thanks to 21 attack errors, eight service errors, four reception errors, and two blocking errors, Marquette was led by a match high 13 kills by Jenna Rosenthal. She was a wrecking machine in the first set, recording eight of her kills and three blocks of her four blocks as well. Allie Barber tacked on 10 kills to her season total to reach 467 and moving her past Theresa Coughlin for the 10th most in a single season by a Marquette player.
How about some highlights, courtesy of GoMarquette.com?
Up Next: Marquette has to get rested in a hurry, as they’re back in action on Saturday evening. Villanova will be the opposition for Senior Night, as MU honors Manon Geoffroy. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-0 sweep of DePaul on Friday night.