The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team was swept in three sets by the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday.
Senior Amanda Hansen had 12 kills on the night. Hansen now has 152 kills in the season, which is third on the team. Abby Thelen also had 12 kills, and that total is most the most the freshman has had in a match this season.
“Our middles played really well,” head coach Allison Yaeger said. “We went into this match wanting to force our middles and they played really well and I think they led us in kills tonight.”
Freshman Cherise Hennigan had eight kills in the match, bringing her season total to 155. The team leader in kills, Danielle Schroeder, had five in the match. The junior now has 161 kills on the season.
Freshman Sophia Coffey led the team with 33 assists and also had six digs and one kill. Coffey is the team leader in assists and now has 541 on the season, which ranks ninth in the Big East.
The Pirates were unable to get into a rhythm because of Marquette’s defense. The Golden Eagles had seven blocks and 59 digs. The Blue and White had one block and 50 digs.
“They’re not known for great defense and they played it tonight, kudos to them. They are second in the conference in blocks and it showed tonight,” Yaeger said. “They had a lot of blocks against us.”
Leading Marquette in kills was redshirt freshman Taylor Louis with 16. Louis is the current conference leader in kills with 311.
“She’s good, she’s big, she’s physical,” Yaeger said. “We tried to switch around our lineup in the third game to get Kacey Richards, our best right-side blocker, against her, but it just didn’t seem to make a difference.”
Along with its defense, Marquette’s overall attack was too much for the Pirates. The Golden Eagles had 48 kills compared to the Pirates’ 38.
“You have to give it to Marquette, they played awesome tonight,” Yaeger said.
The Pirates’ next match is on the road against Providence on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
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