ranked Marquette University volleyball team looked to open a new winning streak beginning with a sweep over Providence, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) on Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.
"It was huge to bounce back with a win, just in terms of mentality," head coach Ryan Theis
said. "The point we made this morning is that after a loss it is just picking ourselves back up, dusting off and going back to work."
Leading the Golden Eagles (20-5, 10-2) was junior Allie Barber
with 19 kills, just one error and a blistering .548 hitting percentage, while sophomore Hope Werch
followed with 12 kills. Senior Jenna Rosenthal
also turned in an efficient night at the net as she hit for eight kills with no errors and hit .533. Those stellar clips helped Marquette to a .413 hitting percentage as a team.
Junior Lauren Speckman
dished out a match-high 36 assists, while sophomore Martha Konovodoff
collected 16 digs.
The Golden Eagles set the tone in the first match averaging a .455 hitting percentage and finished the set with a 25-18 victory, having never trailed or tied. In the second frame Barber laid down seven of the Golden Eagles' 15 kills leading to a 25-19 win and Werch threw down five blasts in the final set as MU cruised to a 25-15 win, hitting .452 along the way.
Providence (8-15, 2-10) was led by Addison Root with 13 kills, while Allison Barber handed out 29 assists.
For the ninth consecutive season Marquette has reach 20-wins and this matches 2016 as the quickest the squad has reach 20 victories under Theis.
The Golden Eagles will open a four-match road trip beginning at Villanova on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. C.T.