The Marquette Volleyball team keeps climbing up the ranks after an undefeated weekend at the Al. The team moved up one spot in the AVCA polls to #19, which is the highest a Marquette team has ever been ranked. The team now continues their stay at home with a match against Xavier. Let’s see how the Musketeers are doing this season.
Big East Match #5: vs Xavier Musketeers (4-11, 2-2 Big East)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Xavier stinks. They come in at 4-11 and with two of those wins coming from Big East play. Those two Big East wins came against Seton Hall and Providence. Marquette showed they can handle Providence with no problem and I don’t see the Pirates giving them a problem either. Their two other non-con wins came against Northern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky, and, well, let’s just say they’re not lighting the world on fire this season.
Leading the X offense is Laura Grossman, who is averaging 2.82 kills per set. The Musketeers have two other women who are averaging above two kills per set in Audrey Adams and Norah Painter. With all three averaging above two kills per set and with Grossman close to three, the Musketeers are fine offensively. Ryan Theis should not be too worried about the blocking schemes as I am sure anyone who he puts up front will be fine blocking these three.
Setting for the Musketeers is McKena Estes and Nadia Dieudonne. The Musketeers stay with the two setter look from last year as Estes is averaging 5.48 assists per set while Dieudonne is averaging 4.81. These two like to spread the ball around up front. It’s pretty much whoever can get to the ball first will set it between these two.
The Golden Eagles should be totally fine in this match. I expect a quick 3-0 sweep in front of a crowded Kids’ Day McGuire Center and then the team will move onto Friday against DePaul.