Volleyball bounces back with sweep of Providence

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After falling to No. 10 Creighton last night, Marquette volleyball had a straight-set victory over the Providence Friars (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) Saturday at the Al McGuire Center.

“We knew that we had to come out with a lot of heart,” freshman defensive specialist Katie Schoessow said. “We knew it was a new day, so we pushed forward and got better as we went along. That’s why we take every single match seriously, point by point, game by game.”

The Golden Eagles were sloppy in the first set, as 11 of Providence’s 18 points stemmed from Marquette errors.

“(We had) seven misses in the first (from the service line),” Marquette head coach Ryan Theis said. “I asked midway through (the set since) I wasn’t sure what the NCAA record was because we had to be getting close.”

However, Marquette still easily took the set 25-18 and was paced by Allie Barber with eight kills and sophomore Hope Werch with six kills.

The second set was still not the cleanest performance from the Golden Eagles. Despite their less than stellar overall play, Marquette took the lead early and did not relinquish it, taking the second frame 25-19.

Barber already notched double-digit kills at that point with 15, and junior setter Lauren Speckman put up 25 assists in the two frames.

The third and final set was a far more familiar sight for the Golden Eagles, seizing the lead early and playing a strong frame, ultimately taking it 25-15.

Barber led the way with 19 kills and an 0.548 hitting percentage on the day. Werch added 12 kills, and Jenna Rosenthal hit at a 0.533 clip. Speckman finished with 36 assists, and sophomore libero Martha Konovodoff had a match-high 16 digs.

Addison Root led Providence with 13 kills. Middle blocker Allison Impellizeri added nine kills on a 0.471 hitting percentage. Setter Allison Barber added 29 assists, and libero Mackenzie Taylor contributed 15 digs.

Theis was laudatory of his team’s ability to bounce back just one day after falling to the top squad in the BIG EAST.

“It was huge,” Theis said. “In terms of mentality and approach, the point we made this morning was that, after a loss, picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and going back to work and trying to get better at and control what you do.”

Looking ahead, the Golden Eagles (20-5, 10-2 BIG EAST) have four straight BIG EAST road games, this upcoming weekend against Villanova on Friday and Georgetown on Friday.

“We’ll try and stay fresh,” Theis said. “We’re going to have to try to keep practices condensed to the point that we’re getting better while making sure that we’re not exhausted.