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MINNEAPOLIS (KWWL) -

The Marquette Golden Eagles volleyball squad scored a 3-2 win over the University of Northern Iowa Panthers on Friday in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at The Sports Pavilion. Marquette won by set scores of 25-17, 22-25, 25-11, 23-25, 15-9.

Marquette improves to 22-11 on the season, while UNI falls to 19-15 overall. Redshirt freshman Taylor Louis led the Golden Eagles with a match-high 26 kills (.426 hitting percentage).

UNI had five players tally double-figure kill efforts led by Kayla Haneline's 14 kills. Lindsey Schulz and Bri Weber notched 11 kills, while Amie Held and Piper Thomas recorded 10 kills. Held and Weber each notched double-doubles as Held record 25 digs and Weber scored 12 digs. Heather Hook registered a team-high 51 assists for the Panthers.

Marquette tallied a 25-17 victory in the opening set. The Golden Eagles turned a 5-5 tie into a 16-9 lead with an 11-4 run. The Golden Eagles posted a .326 hitting percentage in the opening set, while UNI posted an .093 hitting percentage with seven errors.

UNI knotted the match at a set apiece with a 25-22 triumph in the second set. UNI led 7-3 only to see Marquette use an 8-3 run to give the Golden Eagles an 11-10 advantage. The set was deadlocked at 15-15 when UNI used a 3-0 run and forced Marquette's second timeout of the set.  Marquette closed to within 24-22 but UNI's Lindsey Schulz finished off the set win with a kill. UNI hit .333 in the set, while Marquette was limited to .237 with five errors.

The Golden Eagles blitzed the Panthers in the third set, 25-11. Marquette led 9-1, 14-2, 17-3 and 20-5. UNI scored four in a row trim the advantage to 20-9, but Marquette was able to post the win and take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Golden Eagles hit .419 with 14 kills and one error in the third set, while UNI hit -.062 with seven kills and nine errors.

UNI forced a fifth and decisive set with a 25-23 victory in the fourth. UNI trailed 11-7, but ran off six in a row to take a 13-11 lead. Marquette came right back with four in a row to take a 15-13 advantage.  The Panthers tied it at 17-17 in a Kayla Haneline kill. UNI trailed again at 21-19, but squared the set at 21-21 on a Lindsey Schulz kill. Amie Held provided the momentum switch by notching back-to-back aces that gave UNI a 24-22 lead. Schulz scored the set-winning point with a kill to give UNI the 25-23 win.

Marquette was able to win the match with a 15-9 triumph in the fifth set. The set was deadlocked at 8-8 when the Golden Eagles scored seven of the final eight points of the match. The Golden Eagles hit .526 in the final set with 10 kills and no errors, while UNI had nine kills and three errors (.231) in the final stanza.

 

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