Women's volleyball: Marquette sweeps No. 12 Creighton in battle of unbeatens in Big East play
MILWAUKEE — The Marquette women's volleyball team extended its win streak to seven on Thursday night after sweeping No. 12 Creighton 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21). The victory marked Marquette's first win over the Bluejays since 2013.
The Golden Eagles (12-5, 6-0) were led by Allie Barber who ended the match with 21 kills and a .541 clip, while Lauren Speckman dished out 39 assists. Defensively, Marquette collected 59 digs combined with four players in double digits as junior Anna Haak collected a career-best 19, freshman Hope Werch notched 13 and Martha Konovodoff and Manon Geoffroy recorded 11 and 10 digs, respectively. MU held Creighton to just 41 digs in the match.
Marquette hit .359 in the first set, while holding Creighton (11-5, 4-1) to just .100 as Barber paced the offense with a stellar nine kills helping the Golden Eagles take the frame, 25-16. In the second set MU got out to a 14-4 lead, but the Bluejays rattled off a 7-0 run to threaten. After a timeout, Marquette closed the set with a 10-3 run, winning 25-15. Barber connected on five kills in the second frame, while Elizabeth Orf tallied four blocks.
The third set began with a large Marquette lead, 7-2 forcing a Creighton timeout, but though it was tightly contested, Creighton never led and Barber smashed down a kill to end the contest, 25-21 in the third.
Creighton notched just 27 kills as a team and were held at a .093 hitting percentage with no one hitting double digit kills. Lydia Dimke led the Bluejays with 19 assists and Jaali Winters led with eight kills.
This is the first time in Marquette program history that the squad has defeated two ranked opponents in a season. The Golden Eagles opened the 2017 campaign with a victory over then-No. 20 Hawaii.
Marquette will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 6, hosting Providence at 6 p.m. ET prior to kicking off the men's and women's basketball season with Marquette Madness.