Volleyball Opens Season Friday at Home
Aug. 22, 2012
2012 Marquette Challenge
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team begins its 2012 campaign Friday, Aug. 24 at the Al McGuire Center against Bowling Green in the opening match of the Marquette Challenge at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles will also unveil a banner honoring their 2011 NCAA tournament appearance in a brief prematch cermony.
Marquette is 1-3 all-time against the Falcons, dropping a 3-2 decision in the last meeting during the 2008 Marquette Challenge (Sept. 13). All tickets purchased for Friday's season opener against Bowling Green can be used for admission to Sunday's match vs. Northwestern.
The Golden Eagles will also face Northwestern on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the tournament finale.
CARLSON, MERTENS EARN PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens were named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, a preseason survey of the league's head coaches reavealed. Carlson is one of just four unanimous all-conference selections and was a 2011 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, while also earning first team all-conference honors last season. Carlson is vying to become the first two-time All-American in program history. Mertens production increased late in 2011, culminating in All-BIG EAST Conference Championship honors a year ago.
GOLDEN EAGLES PICKED SECOND IN BIG EAST: Coming off a season in which it recorded the best conference record (12-2) and finish (T-2nd) in program history, Marquette was picked second in the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Golden Eagles tied for second place during the 2011 regular season and enter this year pegged for their highest finish during their eight-year affiliation with the league.
ALL HOME MATCHES STREAMED FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR: All Marquette volleyball home matches this fall will be streamed live on GoMarquette.com's multimedia platform, MUTube (GoMarquette.com/allaccess/). Play-by-Play duties will be shared during the campaign by Kyle Dlabay (Comm, `06), Armen Saryan (620 WTMJ/Comm, `06) and Eric Brooks (620 WTMJ). They will be joined throughout the season by special guests, including former Marquette AVCA All-American Ciara Jones (Comm, `12).
FOLLOW MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK: Be sure to follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB) and "like" us on Facebook (/MarquetteVolleyball) for updates throughout the year. In addition to live stats and video links found on GoMarquette.com, @MarquetteVB on Twitter will provide live in-match updates during all matches.
MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALLQUICK HITS
Head coach Bond Shymansky begins his fourth year with Marquette and 11th season as an NCAA Division I head coach. Shymansky has led the Golden Eagles to consecutive 20-win campaigns and has helped MU reach the BIG EAST Championship semifinals during both of those years. MU is a combined 47-20 (23-5 BIG EAST) over the last two seasons and made its first NCAA Championship appearance in 2011.
In his first 10 seasons as head coach, Shymansky has accumulated 237 career victories and a winning percentage of .712, placing him in the top 25 all-time among NCAA Division I head coaches and first among active BIG EAST head coaches.
Shymansky earned BIG EAST Conference and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011, his second such awards after earning ACC and AVCA East Region honors in 2004.
Six Marquette student-athletes have earned AVCA All-America honors over the last two years, while three of those players have gone on to play professionally.
UP NEXT: Marquette hosts Northwestern at 2 p.m. Sunday in the finale of the Marquette Challenge at the Al McGuire Center. It is the first meeting between the two programs since a 3-1 Wildcat victory on Sept. 18, 2010 in Evanston.
All tickets purchased for Friday's season opener against Bowling Green can be used for admission to Sunday's match vs. Northwestern. The first 200 students to Sunday's match will receive free pizza, courtesy of Pizza Hut, while the Golden Eagles will also host a "Kickoff Party" featuring children's activities on the concourse.