Marquette volleyball put themselves into a tie for first place in the Big East on Friday night with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) win over Providence. It was the league opener for both squads, and thus Marquette starts out 1-0 and PC drops to 0-1.
It took #21 Marquette a moment to put the engine in gear, but when they did, there was really nothing stopping them from getting the sweep. Providence showed signs of life in the first, evening out the contest at 21 points apiece, which made you wonder about how the rest of the night at Alumni Hall was going to go. But a service error from PC’s Addison Root kickstarted a 4-0 run by the Golden Eagles to finish out the set, capped by two kills from Allie Barber.
That gave her four kills on the night, and she picked up five more in MU’s first 13 points of the second set. The last four were part of an 8-0 run by the Golden Eagles that flipped an 8-7 Providence lead into a 15-8 Marquette advantage. That pretty much ended that one, as PC never got it within five points again. Marquette hit .517 as a team in the second frame against just .200 for Providence as they rolled to the 11 point win.
The third set was a bit of a return to form of the first and the early part of the second. The first real advantage in the frame came when Marquette popped off a quick three point burst thanks to two attack errors by the Friars to go up 14-10. PC pushed back to even the match at 15, but MU answered with four straight capped by a block by Anna Haak and Jenna Rosenthal to go up 19-15. Providence wouldn’t go away, though, and a 4-1 bit made it a 21-20 match late. Two errors by the Friars gave MU some breathing room, and finally a kill by Barber and an ace by Martha Konovodoff wrapped up action for the night.
Barber finished with a match high 16 kills while hitting .393. Anna Haak added 12 kills and hit a very impressive .409 on the night. Allison Impellizeri led Providence with 10 kills and was largely unaffected by MU’s defense, dropping kills to the tune of hitting .533. Lauren Speckman made her return to the Marquette lineup after sitting out last week Saturday’s two contests, working in her usual rotation with Sarah Rose. Speckman had 22 assists, and added five digs as well.
Jenna Rosenthal recorded two assisted blocks alongside six kills on the night to tie Meghan Niemann’s career record for assisted blocks. Both women currently have 412 assisted blocks, and of course, Rosenthal has at least 17 matches guaranteed left to be played, including......
Up Next: ..... on Sunday afternoon against #10 Creighton. The Jays kicked off their conference action on Friday night by hosting DePaul. They were lousy hosts, hitting .437 on the night and never letting the Blue Demons get more than 15 points in their 3-0 victory.