Golden Eagles Open 2017 Slate at Hawaii on Friday
Aug. 24, 2017
The Marquette University women's volleyball team will open its 2017 campaign against a trio of top 25 ranked opponents and NCAA Tournament teams when it travels to Honolulu, Hawai'i to face No. 20 Hawai'i, No. 13 UCLA and No. 22 San Diego.
Each match will have livestats courtesy of the University of Hawaii, while MU's match against host school Hawaii will stream live on Spectrum via the Big West Conference.
The Golden Eagles will face the Rainbow Wahine on Friday, Aug. 25 at 11:55 p.m. Central Time in the season lidlifter for both squads. Last season, then-No. 17 Hawai'i went 23-6 overall and posted an impressive 15-1 record in Big West play en route to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. UH returns AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Emily Maglio.
Following Friday's matchup, Marquette will take on the Bruins on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9:45 p.m. CT. UCLA went 27-7 last season and 10-2 in Pac-12 play to eventually advance to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament. Third Team All-American Reily Buechler is one of the Bruins top returners for 2017.
No. 22 San Diego is the third and final squad MU will meet in the Aloha State on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 7:45 p.m. CT. The Toreros ended 2016 with a 24-6 mark overall and 15-3 in conference action, culminating in an NCAA Tournament berth. The squad returns 13 letterwinners, including U.S. National Collegiate Team members Kristen Gengenbacher and Lauren Fuller.
The Marquette University women's volleyball program will face Hawai'i, UCLA and San Diego for the first time in its now-41 years of existence, and in which it holds a 719-679-5 overall record. Head coach Ryan Theis enters his fourth year at the helm of the Golden Eagles and looks to build upon a successful 2016 season where the team went 23-9 overall (13-5 BIG EAST) and reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year.
Marquette welcomes eight new players to the roster, including Kortlyn Henderson (OH), Sarah Rose (S), Martha Konovodoff (DS), Hope Werch (OH), Gabbi Martinez (DS), Anna Haak (OH), Liza Kastrup (RH), Sandy Mohr (MB) and Elizabeth Orf (MB). Haak and Mohr are both transfers and the newcomers collectively make up over 50 percent of the 2017 squad.
Returning All-BIG EAST squad members are unianimous selection Jenna Rosenthal (MH) and now-sophomore Allie Barber(OH). Rosenthal appeared in all of MU's 32 matches from last season, compiling 278 total kills at a .363 clip (second in the BIG EAST) and a team-high 148 total blocks (also second in the BIG EAST). Barber appeared in over 90 percent of sets in her freshman campaign while tallying 219 kills. She hit at a .283 clip, the highest of any freshman in the BIG EAST and 14th in the conference overall.
Last season, Marquette upset No. 7 USC in the season opener on the Trojan's home court, its second time toppling a top-10 team.
Following Marquette's trip outside of the Contintental U.S., the squad will take on Miami (Ohio), Wichita State and IUPUI from Sept. 1-2 in Indianpolis, Ind.
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