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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's setting up to be another successful season for Marquette University volleyball. The MU volleyball team wrapped up a decade of dominance this month. The Golden Eagles are back in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season.

"As far as legacy goes I think it's really about building the program and seeing what we can do for Marquette volleyball," said Allie Barber, Marquette University senior. "I think it would be awesome if we could continue this upward trend and make a name for Marquette across the country."

Big East Conference Player of the Year, Allie Barber, and the rest of the senior class made it to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history last year. If they do it again, they'll set the school record for wins in a single season and a career.

"I think it's a culmination of all the hard work put in every year here at Marquette. but honestly none of it would be possible without my teammates. We push each other on and off the court," said Barber. 

"She has grown a lot in the leadership component, she has grown a lot as a player," said Ryan Theis, Marquette volleyball coach. "It's been really fun to watch and to watch such a great person do it as great as well." 

The Cedarburg native is already Marquette's all time leader in kills. Now, Barber can put the cherry on top of her career in the NCAA Tournament starting Friday, Dec. 6 against Dayton. 

"I think it definitely helps that a lot of us are upperclassman now and we have played together for a while," said Barber. 

"We just have to work hard and play with some grit. I think we need to play with a little bit more angst," said Hope Werch, Marquette University junior. 

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