Volleyball Tops Northwestern, 3-1, in Final Spring Action
April 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team put the finishing touches on a successful spring season with a 3-1 victory over Northwestern (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20) on Thursday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
“It is important to our program that we win in the spring and that is something that we need to build upon,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “I’ve always said that I have never seen a good spring turn into a terrible fall, but I have seen terrible springs turn into terrible falls. It is important that we had a good spring. We competed against a lot of top notch teams and I thought there was a culmination tonight of improvement.”
The Golden Eagles concluded the spring campaign 7-1 overall with victories over Notre Dame and Northwestern, among others, and a lone defeat to Michigan State at the Great Lakes Center's Collegiate Tournament on April 6.
Rising sophomore Lindsey Gosh led Marquette against the Wildcats with 17 kills, while freshmen Erin Lehman and Meghan Niemann added 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Junior Elizabeth Koberstein helped the MU offense hit a combined .289, while she notched a near triple-double herself with eight kills and 14 digs in addition to 51 assists.
Libero Julie Jeziorowski paced Marquette's back row with 23 digs in the four-set match and received an early shower in the second set after diving for a ball near the team bench and nearly knocking over the Gatorade cooler.
Northwestern hit just .185 as a team and was led by 14 kills from Katie Dutchman.
“Watching our young freshmen middles grow up this spring was important and we are going to need them going forward,” Shymansky said. “Watching Lindsey Gosh move to the right side and seeing what she can do (was important). That anchor in the back row for us and senior leadership with those three back row players (Jeziorowski, Mayer and Stier) and ‘Bisky’ (Koberstein), our setter and captain on the court. (I have seen) a lot of good stuff this spring and I feel as a program we have brought the bottom up. Our worst day is no longer awful and when I first got here sometimes our worst day was really awful. It has shifted the paradigm of our ability to play at a high level.”
With the completion of the spring slate, the Golden Eagles will turn their attention towards the 2013 fall season and potentially a third-straight berth to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. Marquette is also set to add five incoming freshmen over the summer.
“We have some talent coming in this fall that will add a little depth and maybe a little spark," Shymansky said. "You never know what a freshman can do and we have some super athletic kids who will put on a Marquette uniform for the first time. I like the group that we have now two so anything we add will be a benefit or a bonus. It just looks different right now. It looks different than it did when we had Danie (Carlson) and Holly (Mertens) and Kelsey (Mattai) and Carol (Henney) out there as our four seniors last year. We said as you lose players you are going to shift your identity. We are shifting our identity right now and I like what we are becoming.”