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Women's Volleyball: Marquette 3, Loyola-Chicago 0

At the start, it looked like Marquette might have their hands full with the Ramblers, but by the end, the Golden Eagles were running through the opposition.

Redshirt freshman Meghan Niemann had 11 kills vs Loyola.
Redshirt freshman Meghan Niemann had 11 kills vs Loyola.

Marquette picked up a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-13) win over Loyola-Chicago last night in their last non-conference match of the season. The Golden Eagles were led by 12 kills from the reigning Big East Freshman of the Week Autumn Bailey. Lindsey Gosh and Meghan Niemann both contributed 11 kills, while the team as a whole hit .384 for the match.

The first set started out close, with neither team able to take more than a two point lead until MU went up 10-7 on a block from Elizabeth Koberstein and Jackie Kocken. Marquette eventually built that lead out to 17-11, but the Ramblers slowly dragged themselves back into the match, pulling within two at 24-22, but Kocken finished off the first set on the next point.

The Golden Eagles (11-4, 3-0 Big East) had a slow start again in the second before a 4-0 run made it 6-3 favoring the home team. A 5-0 run by MU in the middle of the set featuring two kills from Bailey made it 17-8 and the Golden Eagles were off and running, closing it out at 25-6 and opening up a 9-2 lead after intermission to seize control of the third set. If the Ramblers thought they had a chance of getting back into the match, that was snuffed out when MU went on a 10-2 run in the middle of the third set, powered by four kills from Erin Lehman. It was 20-6 at that point, and the final result was all but academic from there.

Koberstein finished with a stellar 45 assists to go along with 10 digs for a double-double, while Julie Jeziorowski led the Golden Eagles on the back line with 21 digs to continue to build on her all-time program record.

Up Next: Marquette will take the rest of the week off before heading to Omaha for their first match of the Big East schedule against preseason league favorite Creighton (10-4, 1-1 Big East). The Bluejays slipped out of the AVCA Top 25 following their Big East opening loss to Butler, but they sit at 10th in the recently released NCAA RPI standings, just five spots in front of the Golden Eagles.