The Marquette Golden Eagles women’s volleyball team will return to the Al for their first home date in Big East play as the #20 team in the country. They come back from playing an easy opponent in Providence and suffering a loss from a tough Creighton team. The good news is that Marquette played Creighton close, which is great for when the Bluejays come to the Al because it shows this team can hang with the “better” Creighton team. The matches this week could be hit or miss. They both should be 3-0 sweeps. I do think the Georgetown match will be a sweep, but in the past Villanova has been Ryan Theis’ kryptonite.
VERY IMPORTANT HISTORY NOTE: Jenna Rosenthal has already secured the Marquette career record for total blocks, and a tip of the cap to her for doing it. HOWEVER, Rosenthal is currently tied for MU legend Meghan Niemann for the career assisted blocks record. The first time that Rosenthal partners up with Elizabeth Orf or Allie Barber or Anna Haak or ANYONE for a block this weekend, she will get the record all to herself, just two seasons after Niemann broke it.
With all that said, let’s get ready to rumblllllllllllle.
Big East Match #3: vs Georgetown Hoyas (10-5, 3-0 Big East)
The Georgetown Hoyas come in with a pretty decent record, and while on paper it looks similar to #20 Marquette’s, it is nothing like Marquette’s 10-4 mark. Their best win is against Bennett Ranked #153 St. John’s, which is not very impressive. All the other teams they have beat have not been very good at all, including a loss to Bennett Ranked #303 Penn. Shoutout our fearless EIC Brewtown Andy for serving up those stats in his ”where are we now” article.
Leading the offense for the Hoyas is Iva Vujosevic who is averaging 3.76 kills per set. In the Hoyas’ match against Nova, she recorded 22 kills over five sets. Pretty good. Beside Vujosevic is Symone Speech who is averaging 3.22 kills per set. With these two leading the offense for Georgetown, I expect Jenna Rosenthal and Elizabeth Orf to be on the court when they are up front.
Setting for the Hoyas is Margo Pivonka who is averaging 9.15 assists per set, which is pretty good, but I would expect more from her if I were a Georgetown fan. Pivonka has two good hitters in Vujosevic and Speech, so I would like to see her a/s numbers in the 10s.
Marquette is the far better team in this match, so they win 3-0 pretty easily. If I was a betting man, which I am not, I would take the Golden Eagles to sweep the Hoyas. I will gladly make fun of our “friends” over at Casual Hoya after this match.
Big East Match #4: vs Villanova Wildcats (9-6, 2-1 Big East)
Ahhhh the Villanova Wildcats. Probably my second least favorite Big East team behind Creighton. You wanna know why I hate Villanova so much? Because Coach Josh Steinbach has Ryan Theis’ number and/or he is apparently Theis’ kryptonite. Last year the two teams split the season series, but in the Golden Eagles’ win, Villanova pushed them to five sets.
Leading the offense for the Wildcats is Mallory Potts who is averaging 2.74 kills per set. The Wildcats have a couple hitters who are also averaging over two kills per set, meaning they don’t rely on one or two women to provide for the offense. I hope the Golden Eagles are ready for this as it has killed them in the past.
Setting for Nova is Emma Decker who is averaging 9.49 assists per set, which is pretty solid for spreading the ball around the floor a bunch. Decker tallied 48 assists against Seton Hall in the Wildcats’ four set win over Seton Hall.
The Golden Eagles come in as the #20 team in the nation. If they play like the #20 team in the nation, they should have no problem sweeping Villanova. While Coach Steinbach is the Golden Eagle killer, which could be punishable by fine and/or jail time if those fat cats in Madison ever got off their behinds and did something about it, I say the Golden Eagles win in four sets.