Volleyball Concludes Spring Season in Illinois
April 16, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team concluded its spring campaign on April 14 with a first-place finish in the silver division at the Great Lakes Center's Collegiate Challenge in Aurora, Ill.
Marquette opened up pool play with a 2-1 (25-18, 23-25,15-7) victory over Iowa, before falling to the eventual event champion, Michigan State (25-19, 36-34), in the second match of the day. With the 1-1 mark in pool play, MU qualified for a spot in the silver championship bracket.
The Golden Eagles did not drop a set in championship round play, earning a 2-0 straight set sweep over BIG EAST Conference-rival Notre Dame (25-20, 25-21), and a 2-0 win over Bradley (25-19, 25-16) to finish the day 3-1 and grab the top spot in the silver championship division.
"We got great competition all day on Saturday," said Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky. "We need to continue to measure our program against other Big East and Big Ten programs, and while we showed improvement, we still have plenty of room to grow."
On the day, Marquette hit .290 (115-36-272) and received great offensive contributions from its middle hitters, who collectively tallied a .402 (43-8-87) hitting percentage.
"Our spring season was centered around three specific areas; developing young outside hitters, installing swing blocking in the front row, and communicating better as a whole team," Shymansky said. "I would grade us at a B-plus on those three areas, so it was a valuable and productive spring season."
Freshman Lindsay Gosh racked up 31 kills and committed only 10 hitting errors in nine sets of play. Holly Mertens and Danielle Carlson also had impressive offensive days, tallying 28 and 22 kills, respectively.
Libero Julie Jeziorowski was MU's defensive anchor, leading the team in digs on the day. The sophomore libero also tallied a team-best seven service aces.
"We have some new players coming into the program in the fall, so it's important that we have strong leadership inside our team and a fluid court system," Shymansky said. "That will make it easier for the new players to adapt because they will be able to see what we do, how we do it, and who we are when we compete. We are all excited to build toward the fall season and chase down that Big East title."
The Golden Eagles concluded the spring campaign with an overall record of 5-4.