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Marquette Mailbag: Bond Shymansky

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20110302_MB_006_MC.jpg Marquette Volleyball Head Coach Bond Shymansky joined us for "Marquette Mailbag" this week, answering your questions on last year's NCAA Tournament run and the outlook for the 2012 season.

Q: Congratulations on a great 2011 season!  Does this year's team have the talent to make a run for an NCAA bid?
- R. Hide, North Lake

A: We have plenty of returning talent in our starting lineup, and we are adding some new players that have skill and athleticism.  I look for big contribution from our four senior starters, and our returning back row players. They have been working hard this offseason to refine their skills, and remain in top physical condition.  Our goal and focus now become the Sweet Sixteen and beyond.  Each year we have gone a little further, and tasted a little more success.   This year's team will peak at the right time... tournament time.

 

Q: What type of experience was it for last year's squad to make the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance?
- Jim, Wauwatosa

A: Every single moment of that experience was charged with energy and excitement. It was a non-stop adrenaline rush and I thought our team handled it very well, and harnessed that energy as competitors. The best part is that they are hungry for more.  They understand what it takes, and what they have to do to go further in the NCAA tournament.  I am tremendously proud of how far we have come, but we will be relentless in our pursuit of higher achievement.

 

Q: Losing 2 of your most proficient offensive players from last season is tough.  Of the newcomers to the team, who do you think will be the most likely to come in and help fill the loss of Jones and Beyer?
- Rob, Milwaukee

A: Replacing two All-BIG EAST outside hitters in no small task.  Lindsey Gosh is a sophomore outside who showed improvement and progress this past spring season.  She has the dynamic capability to be a terminator for us this season.  We will also have three other players battling for an outside hitter spot.  Erin Lehman is a freshman, Casey Read a returning junior, and Eva-Lotta Raat is the unknown freshman from Estonia.  We are confident that two starters will emerge and help us win a BIG EAST title.

 

Q: What does a "libero" do and what's the history behind the position?
- Allen, Harbor Springs, MI

A: The "libero" is a player relegated to the back row only.  She cannot hit or block in the front row.  The position was adopted by the college game about eight years ago, and it has increased the ability to have long rallies.  The "libero" position has allowed the smaller athlete a bigger role in the game of volleyball.  She is always in the back row, and is usually the best serve receive passer and digger.  We are lucky to have a libero like Julie Jeziorowski on our squad!

 

Q: Considering the departure of Chelsea Heier for Santa Clara University, how does it affect the development of the other players on the team to have to get used to a brand new setter for the second straight season? Can we expect to see both Mary Nilles and Elizabeth Koberstein on the court this season?
- Anonymous Eagle, Parts Unknown

A: Chelsea heading back to her home state of California was an understandable decision, and she has chosen another fantastic Jesuit institution. The setter is like the quarterback, so timing and feel are important to have an offense like ours run smoothly.  I'm sure there will be some kinks to iron out, but I am confident that we have two great choices in Nilles and Koberstein. We may play both setters during the course of the season, but it is more likely that one will emerge as the starter.  I prefer not to have a carousel of setters, but I know those two will battle for the spot all season long.

 

Q: What's the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in order to be a D-I Head Coach? What advice would you give someone who wants to coach volleyball at this level?
- James, Spartanburg, S.C.

A: The biggest challenge I will actually NEVER overcome, and that's learning how to connect and develop trust with each individual player.  I am always growing and changing, and the players are too.  Just when I think I have something figured out, new players join the program with new personalities and temperaments. That challenge also has the best rewards, and is what makes coaching fun.  If your goal is to be a D-1 coach, the best thing you can do is earn your degree, and then get involved with a D-1 program as a volunteer coach.  That experience will give you a real taste for what it's all about, and a chance to network in our coaching community.  Good luck with your coaching career!

 

Q: You have overseen a quick transformation in Marquette's success recently. What do you think has been the reason for that?
- Ben, Libertyville, Ill.

A: The biggest reason for our turnaround is Marquette itself.  This is a great university with amazing people.  Everything and everybody surrounding our program helps breed success.  We have student-athletes on our team who recognize and appreciate the opportunities they have here at Marquette University.  It is evident when I see our team GPA, our campus community involvement, and our success on the court.

 

Q: I have been to the Al McGuire Center for plenty of basketball games and am thinking of coming out for a few volleyball matches this year. How does the facility to compare to others around the country for volleyball?
- Kate, Stevens Point

A: The Al is clearly one of the best volleyball venues in the nation.  There may be a few volleyball arenas as nice, but nobody has one better than the Al.  The building is beautiful, the court is first-class, and it is always a big-time college sporting event.  Students can have a big impact on our opponent by being loud and crazy, and families love the atmosphere and value.  The Al McGuire Center is a major draw for recruiting, and a huge home court advantage.


Check back on Monday, July 16 to learn next week's featured guest.



Throwback Thursday: Marquette's First Basketball Game

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The image below is a game story and box score from the The Marquette Tribune of Marquette University's first men's basketball game on Jan. 13, 1916, a 35-26 win over Whitewater Normal (now UW-Whitewater). 

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Social Media Fan of the Week: July 11

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If you are reading this right now, you already know: Marquette fans are arguably the most social media-savvy in all of college athletics. To celebrate, and to say thank you, for this great support, every week we will feature our "Social Media Fan of the Week."

Golden EagleSocial Media Fan of the Week: July 11, 2012
Meg Pirics
@meggiemae18


To nominate yourself or another person for the prestigious honor of "Social Media Fan of the Week," simply Tweet @muathletics with the hashtag: #MUSocial, or post to our Facebook timeline, a short note about yourself and why you love Marquette. Of course, photos and videos are encouraged, as we'd love to be able to share them here on the blog.

Thanks again for your tremendous support, and for sharing your love for all-things Marquette through social media.

Fan's Choice Awards: Photo of the Year

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Photo

And the nominees are...

Jae Crowder


Calum Mallace & C. Nortey


Buzz Williams


Marquette Volleyball


Ashley Stemmeler


Katie Young


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This week's edition of GoMarquette.com's Throwback Thursday features a 1911 T-51 trading card of Marquette University and the track and field program, produced by Murad Cigarettes, S. Anargyros Corp. 

This card, produced in New York, was among 150 United States colleges and universities featured over six years that the set was released. Marquette was featured in the fourth set.

Just as many early trading cards came with bubble gum, the earliest version were produced by tobacco companies looking to move their product. Each T51 card measures approximately 2-1/16 inches by 2-11/16 inches.

Fan's Choice Awards: Moment of the Year

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Moment

And the nominees are...

 

October 29, 2011
Men's Soccer Wins First BIG EAST Championship
Game Recap | Photo Gallery 

With a 1-0 defeat of Pittsburgh on October 29, Marquette clinched its first ever BIG EAST Blue Division championship in men's soccer. Calum Mallace scored the match's only goal in the 59th minute, as he led his team to victory on senior night. It marked MU's third NCAA Division I regular season conference title, and first since 2002 (Conference USA).


December 2, 2011
Volleyball Victorious in First NCAA Tournament Appearance
Game Recap |  Photo Gallery

Playing in their first NCAA Championship match, the Golden Eagles picked up their first tournament victory and knocked off their first ranked opponent in program history, No. 24 Western Kentucky University, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23.


December 6, 2011
Jae Crowder Sinks Washington
Game Recap  

Trailing by one with less than 10 seconds left at Madison Square Garden, Vander Blue found Jae Crowder open in the corner, who coolly drained a game-winning three-pointer to top Washington, 79-77.


January 10, 2012
Katie Young Beats the Buzzer to top Villanova
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Down by 2 with time expiring, Katie Young heaved a 40-footer that found the bottom of the net with time expiring, and Marquette pulled out an improbable 51-50 comeback victory over Villanova. The shot was later featured as ESPN's "Top Play" on Sportscenter that evening.


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Throwback Thursday: Wade and Rivers - NBA Draft Moments

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On the day of the 2012 NBA Draft, this week's edition of GoMarquette.com's Throwback Thursday takes a glimpse back at the selections of Marquette's two most recent NBA champions, Dwyane Wade and Doc Rivers. 

Wade, of the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat, was the highest-drafted player in MU history when the Heat selected him with the fifth pick in 2003.

Rivers, whose son, Austin, is expected to be a lottery pick this evening, was the 31st pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 1983. The current Boston Celtics head coach helped the organization win its 17th NBA title in 2008.

Marquette's own Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom will be the 55th and 56th Marquette players taken in the NBA Draft if they hear their names called on Thursday evening.

Marquette's all-time NBA Draft picks, courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com, can be seen by clicking here.

Below is the video highlight of Rivers' buzzer beater against Notre Dame on Jan. 10, 1981 to defeat the No. 5 Fighting Irish, 54-52.


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Social Media Fan of the Week: June 27

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Social Media Fan of the Week: June 27, 2012
Jim Love
@jim_m_love



To nominate yourself or another person for the prestigious honor of "Social Media Fan of the Week," simply Tweet @muathletics with the hashtag: #MUSocial, or post to our Facebook timeline, a short note about yourself and why you love Marquette. Of course, photos and videos are encouraged, as we'd love to be able to share them here on the blog.

Thanks again for your tremendous support, and for sharing your love for all-things Marquette through social media.

Fan's Choice Awards: Team of the Year

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Team

And the nominees are...

Women's Soccer

Highlights
- 18-4 Overall, 10-1 in BIG EAST Regular Season
- Third-consecutive BIG EAST American Division Championship
-  Advanced to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament
 5-0 in overtime matches


Men's Soccer

Highlights
- 9-8-2 Overall, 7-2 in BIG EAST Regular Season
- First BIG EAST Blue Division Championship


Women's Volleyball

Highlights
- 24-11 Overall, 12-2 in BIG EAST Regular Season
- Most wins in program history; most BIG EAST wins in program history
- First-ever NCAA Tournament appearance; first NCAA Tournament victory


Men's Basketball

Highlights
Second most wins in school history - 27
- Best regular-season finish in the BIG EAST Conference - 14-4
Second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16


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Marquette Mailbag: Todd Smith

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20110302_MB_006_MC.jpgHead strength and conditioning coach Todd Smith was kind enough to respond to some the questions submitted to the Marquette Mailbag this week.

Although he had to catch a flight to the West Coast, and therefore couldn't answer all of your questions, Coach Smith invites you check out the Marquette Strength and Conditioning page on Facebook, where you can submit additional questions for the staff.

Q: Coach Todd, what's the main advice you give your student-athletes to reach their maximum potential no matter how talented they are?
- Coach MR, Milwaukee

A: What we preach day in and day out is CONSISTENCY. Consistency in their work, consistency in their attitude, consistency their effort, and consistency in their nutrition and rest. Whatever you decide to improve upon, do it every day.


My 13 year old son has always been big and slow, but not bad athletically. He is 6' and 180lbs and about to grow even more. He wants to get quicker, faster and jump higher. Any thoughts?
- Paul, Spring Lake, N.J.

Great question. What we do is actually very simple; there is no magic pill or special exercise to achieve what you are looking for. Strength is an important part of staying healthy and becoming a more efficient athlete. Work on push-ups, pull-ups, leg lifts, lunges, single-leg squats and step-ups every day. EVERY DAY. That will get you stronger.  Now if you want to run fast, PRACTICE RUNNING FAST. If you want to jump higher, PRACTICE JUMPING. Every day. Your results will be determined by your consistency.


In your opinion, what's the best exercise or exercises to strengthen your core?
- Brigid, Scottsdale, Ariz.

The majority of the questions I received in this forum are about core strength. We really like gymnastic strength holds and using a Powerwheel for core strength.  Specifically we really work hard on hanging leg lifts [video] and L-sits [photo] with all of our student-athletes. They may be the most simple of all the gymnastic-strength holds for gymnasts, but for our student-athletes they are extremely challenging to master. Others include front levers, back levers, body levers, and planche hold.  We do different progressions and variations of these exercises every day. The Powerwheel is a simple tool that is very challenging as well. We perform arm walks, knee tuck push-ups, pikes, and leg curls with this tool. Good Luck.


Great job, Coach. I believe our recent NBA draftees have you to thank. My question: Post heart attack, I became a serious walker, but now my knees are shot. Is there an aerobic regimen that does not involve use of the knees? I have tried water aerobics, but the motion still kills those arthritic joints.
- Lee, Springfield, Va.

Sounds like a good challenge. I also have an arthritic knee.  I find the more I move the better I feel. Moving somehow pushes the fluid out of the joint space. Impact activities (running and jumping) are problematic. In your situation I would try cycling, swimming with a float between your knees, deep water running, and maybe a circuit of upper body lifting. I hope this helps.  


What is the in-season and off-season training regimen for basketball players?
- Enrique, Eagle Pass, Texas

The focus of the off season workouts is to get as strong and powerful as possible. We practice acceleration mechanics, deceleration mechanics, and reaction drills in addition to our Olympic lifting, basic gymnastic strength training, and plyometrics. It is the best time of year to become a better individual athlete.

The preseason workouts are meant to increase work capacity and to become a better team. In-season workouts depend on your role on the team. The main-minute players have more to do on the court and less to do in the weight room. We try to keep these players strong and healthy for the long grind of the basketball season.  The redshirt or role players have more to do in the weight room and just as much to do on the court. We try to waste no time in their development as players. Post-season the key is to evaluate the in-season individual progress while still being active.


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