Seniors honored Sunday at the AMU
Carlson is MU's only two-time AVCA All-American
Trio moves on to AVCA All-America ballot
Volleyball ends season 27-7 overall
Mertens fight through adversity inspiring to all
Marquette redshirt senior Holly Mertens was sidelined with a knee injury for a significant chunk of her collegiate career - she rebounded to earn First Team All-BIG EAST honors in 2012, leading her team back to NCAA Tournament play.
Media availability comments from head coach Bond Shymansky and Holly Mertens prior to Marquette's NCAA Tournament Sendoff celebration on Nov. 28, 2012.
Honors and Awards
BIG EAST All-Academic (2009, 2010, 2011)
2012: AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and AVCA All-Northeast Region ...Picked-up 13 kills in 3-0 loss to Creighton (Nov. 30) in the first round of the NCAA tournament ...Notched 12 kills and two blocks against NIU (Nov. 24) in MU's regular-season finale ...Helped MU reach the title match of the BIG EAST Championships for the first time in program history by tallying 16 and 10 kills kills against Pittsburgh (Nov. 16) in the quarterfinals and USF (Nov. 17) in the semifinals, respectively ... Named to the All-BIG EAST First Team (Nov. 15) after owning a team-best 3.36 kills per set average on the season and a league-best .414 (228-59-411) hitting percentage against conference foes ... Earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll mention, her fourth weekly honor of the season, on Nov. 12 after helping the Golden Eagles to a sweep of Notre Dame (Nov. 11) on Senior Day with 11 kills ...Named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the second time on Nov. 5 after helping MU to a 3-0 week with wins over Milwaukee, UConn (Nov. 2) and St. John's (Nov. 4) ... Earned National Player of the Week honors on Nov. 6 from the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) ... Landed 21 kills and hit .714 (21-1-28) in a 3-1 victory over St. John's (Nov. 4) ...Hit .375 (12-3-24) vs. Milwaukee (Oct. 30) to help MU top the Panthers for the second time this season ...Tallied 15 kills in MU's win at Georgetown (Oct. 26) ...Notched 18 digs while hitting .640 (18-2-25) in Marquette's sweep of Cincinnati (Oct. 19), MU's first victory over the Bearcats since 2006 ...Landed a career-high 23 kills to help Marquette overcome a 2-0 deficit for a win at Rutgers (Oct. 14) ... Recorded 17 kills against USF (Oct. 7) while hitting .455 (17-2-33) with six blocks ...Named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Oct. 1 after hitting .592 with a 4.12 kills per set average in wins at Notre Dame (Sept. 29) and DePaul (Sept. 30) ...Hit .667 (13-1-18) in sweep of DePaul (Sept. 30) ... Tallied 20 kills and nine blocks in MU's five-set win vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 29) ... Collected a career-high seven digs in three-set win over Syracuse (Sept. 22), while also chipping in 10 kills in the conference lidlifter ...Hit .632 (14-2-19) in the Golden Eagles' win over Milwaukee (Sept. 15) at the Marquette Invitational ... Posted 14 kills vs. No. 25 Northern Iowa in the final match of the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic ...Helped MU top No. 23 Michigan (Sept. 7) in the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic by landing 11 kills in the match.
2011: BIG East All-Academic ... A sparkplug for much of Marquette's late-season success after suffering an ankle injury in the first match of the year ... Voted team's most improved player ... Recorded eight kills and three blocks in NCAA Second Round loss to No. 3 Illinois (Dec. 3) ...Had 10 kills and tied a career-high with six blocks in NCAA tournament win over No. 24 Western Kentucky (Dec. 2) ... Earned BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament honors after averaging 3.38 kills per set in matches against Seton Hall (Nov. 18) and Cincinnati (Nov. 19) ... Hit .414 against SHU in the BIG EAST quarterfinals with 15 kills on 29 attacks ... Had 10 kills and hit .467 against DePaul (Nov. 13) ... Led MU with 13 kills in 3-1 loss at Cincinnati (Nov. 5) ... In third start of the season vs. Rugters landed a career-high 15 kills and chipped in with four fouth-set blocks ... Mertens helped MU rebound from a 2-0 deficit against the Scarlet Knights for the victory and her four blocks in the fourh set helped MU take the frame after falling behind 7-1 ... Returned to the starting lineup on Oct. 7 against Georgetown ... Made first start of the season at Sacred Heart (Sept. 29) and recorded six kills ... Returned to action in home opener against Southern Miss (Sept. 9) for the first time since suffering an injury in the first match of the season ... Landed three kills in the opening set against Saint Louis (Aug. 26), the first match of the season.
2010: BIG EAST All-Academic ... Notched two kills on two total attacks at Penn (Oct. 2)...Saw first action of the season against Milwaukee (Sept. 11) and recorded three kills and a block...Also made first start of the season against Toledo (Sept. 12) in the finale of the Marquette/Milwaukee Invitational ...BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
2009: Made 14 starts at right-side hitter in 2009...Under new head coach Bond Shymansky's guidance, moved from middle position to right-side...Registered a career-high 13 kills against Butler (Sept. 4) while hitting .524 for the contest...Recorded 10 kills and three blocks against both Austin Peay (Sept. 5) and Western Michigan (Sept. 11), making it three-straight matches with at least 10 kills...In five-set triumph over Dayton (Sept. 19), notched 12 kills and two blocks...Provided four blocks on five occasions, including three consecutive matches against Seton Hall (Oct. 2), Rutgers (Oct. 4) and at Connecticut (Oct. 9).
2008: Mertens earned a medical redshirt while recovering from a preseason knee injury.
High School: Mertens was a four year letter winner in volleyball at Stanley-Boyd. She helped Stanley-Boyd capture the Division 3 State Championship in 2006 while being named to the all-tournament team. Selected as a first team all-state member and Chippewa County Player of the Year in `06 and `07. Recorded 458 kills, 166 blocks, and 426 digs as a senior and 495 kills, 98 blocks and 441 digs as a junior. At Stanley-Boyd she also earned four letters each in basketball and track while garnering all-conference accolades in both sports.
Personal: Mertens was born in Stanley, Wis., as the youngest of three children to Mike and Elizabeth Mertens. She has two older brothers, Jon and Dan. Mertens majors in advertising and public relations ... Member of the Diedrich College of Communications Dean's List and BIG EAST All-Academic Team member.