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Volleyball downs Butler to open BIG EAST play

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Marquette volleyball opened BIG EAST play in dominant fashion with an 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) sweep over Butler on Wednesday night.

Similar to Marquette’s match against Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles had a balanced offensive attack with Anna Haak getting 12 kills, Hope Werch recording eight kills and Allie Barber recording seven.

“I thought Jenna (Rosenthal) was big, not only from a points perspective, but she made some really smart plays and block moves at the net throughout the night,” Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said to gomarquette.com

Marquette was neck and neck with the Bulldogs in the first set, but with the score 20-19 in favor of the Golden Eagles, Marquette rattled off three unanswered points with Werch recording a kill and a service ace. That would give the Golden Eagles enough padding to take the set 25-21.

The second set rendered an almost identical situation. Marquette found themselves down 18-15, but used three unanswered points to tie the score at 18. They then used five-point run to make the score 23-19, before finishing off the set 25-21.

Marquette trailed 13-10 in the middle of the third set, but tied the score up at 16 and would not lose the lead again after that, finishing off Butler in style by winning the final set 25-20.

“It was a great team effort tonight,” Theis said. “We had some low spots early in the second and third sets, but we dug out of the hole to get the win.

Marquette will open their BIG EAST home slate this weekend with a pair of matches. They will play Seton Hall on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and St. John’s at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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