Meghan Niemann earned her second consecutive preseason mention
Aug. 5, 2015
Complete BIG EAST Release
NEW YORK - The Marquette University women's volleyball team was picked second in the BIG EAST Conference Coaches' Poll and redshirt junior Meghan Niemann was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST squad.
It is the fourth consecutive year that the Golden Eagles were named preseason runners-up ad the second-straight year that Niemann was named to the preseason squad.
MU earned 69 total points with one first place vote behind Creighton's 81 points and nine first place votes. The Bluejays are the reigning BIG EAST Champions heading into the 2015 season. Rounding out the top-five are Xavier (62 points), St. John's (53 points) and Butler selected fifth with 52 points. The votes were cast by the league's 10 head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own team.
Niemann is the top returner for the Golden Eagles after hitting a .316 clip last season with 1.88 kills per set and notched a team-best 1.25 blocks per set. The middle hitter tallied a program record 150 blocks in 2014 and was one of just three MU players to play in all 120 sets a year ago. Niemann was a 2014 All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
Marquette finished 2014 with a 24-9 overall record and went 14-4 in BIG EAST play, leading to its fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance.
The Golden Eagles will open the 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 28 against North Dakota at the Iowa State Challenge in Ames, Iowa.
2015 Preseason Volleyball Honors
Preseason Player of the Year - Jess Bird, Creighton, Jr., OH
Preseason All-BIG EAST
(listed alphabetically by institution, then last name)
Kayla Bivins, Butler, So., S
Makayla Ferguson, Butler, R-Jr. MB
^ Jess Bird, Creighton, Jr., OH
Kate Elman, Creighton, Sr., DS
^ Lauren Smith, Creighton, Jr., MB
^ Meghan Nieman, Marquette, RS-Jr., MH
^ Karin Palgutova, St. John's, Sr., OH
Shawna-Lei Santos, St. John's, Sr., L/DS
Tessa Fornier, Seton Hall, Jr., L
Amanda Hansen, Seton Hall, Sr., MB
Lauren Carpenter, Villanova, Sr., OH
^ Abbey Bessler, Xavier, Jr., OH
Preseason Coaches' Poll
First place votes in ( )
- ^ Creighton - 81 pts. (9 first place votes)
- Marquette - 69 pts. (1)
- Xavier - 62 pts.
- John's - 53 pts.
- Butler - 52 pts.
- Seton Hall - 41 pts.
- Villanova - 34 pts.
- Georgetown - 28 pts.
- DePaul - 20 pts.
- Providence - 10 pts.
^ - denotes unanimous selection