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Tuesday Night in the BIG EAST
Marquette won its 21st match of the 2012 season last night in a 3-0 sweep against Milwaukee on the road. The Golden Eagles are 21-4 overall and 10-1 in the BIG EAST. Last weekend they clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Championship along with No. 12 Louisville and Notre Dame, which also post 10-1 conference marks.
Marquette won last night by scores of 25-15, 25-11 and 25-22. They were led offensively by senior Holly Mertens' team-high 12 kills and .375 hitting percentage. Freshman Erin Lehman joined her in double-digit kills with 11 and junior Elizabeth Koberstein dished out a match-high 35 assists. She leads the conference in assists and is averaging 11.48 per set.
BIG EAST Championship Approaching
With the regular season coming to an end soon and the BIG EAST Championship in the near future, some teams are fighting for a way in. As of Oct. 31, No. 12 Louisville, Marquette and Notre Dame have all clinched berths in the postseason tournament, leaving five spots open. Connecticut and Cincinnati are tied for fourth at 7-4 with four and five matches remaining in conference play, respectively. Below them are three teams, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova at 5-6 in the BIG EAST while Pittsburgh and USF sit right outside the top-eight at 5-7.
What to Watch
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Pittsburgh (14-12, 5-7 BIG EAST) will host USF (13-12, 5-7 BIG EAST) in a crucial match that will put the losing team further away from earning a BIG EAST tournament berth. The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 win against DePaul while USF has dropped its last two and three of its last four league games.