Preseason BIG EAST pick Meghan Niemann
Aug. 27, 2015
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MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's volleyball team is set to open the 2015 campaign on Friday when it travels to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Cyclone Invitational at Hilton Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles will face North Dakota on Friday, Aug. 28 at 4:00 p.m. Central time before taking on Dayton and host Iowa State and 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively on Saturday, Aug. 29.
Head coach Ryan Theis enters his second year at the helm of the Golden Eagles and looks to build upon a successful 2014 season that saw the team go 24-9 overall and advance to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
MU was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Conference coaches poll and returns nine players from last year's squad, including unanimous preseason BIG EAST selection Meghan Niemann. The redshirt junior has earned a spot on the all-conference team for two-straight seasons.
The Golden Eagles welcome four newcomers two the squad, including transfers Sara Blasier (Rice) and Joy Miley (Long Beach State). Redshirt freshmen Taylor Louis and Jenna Rosenthal will make their first appearance in a Marquette uniform after sitting out last year.
Live statistics for all matches are available at cyclones.com along with a paid live stream of MU's match against Iowa State on Saturday.
For additional coverage, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
NORTH DAKOTA [0-0 (0-0 Big Sky) | UNDSports.com | @UNDVolleyball: North Dakota was picked third in the Big Sky conference and returns seven letterwinners from last year's team that tallied a school-record 26-wins. Head coach Mark Pryor enters his seventh season with the squad and brings a recruiting class that earned high honorable mention from prepvolleyball.com Series History: First meeting.
DAYTON [0-0 (0-0 Atlantic-10) | daytonflyers.com | @DaytonVB]: Dayton won the 2014 regular season and Atlantic 10 Championship and returns last year's A-10 Player of the Year senior Alaina Turner, Setter of the Year sophomore Jane Emmenecker and Libero of the Year senior Janna Krafka. The Flyers are also lead by 2014 A-10 Coach of the Year Tim Horsmon, who led the Dayton to a 13-1 record in conference play and a 30-6 mark overall. Dayton advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship last year.
Series History: Dayton leads 20-6.
No. 21 IOWA STATE [0-0 (0-0 Big 12) | cyclones.com | @CyclonesVB]: The Cyclones are coming off their ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Championship, advancing to the second round before falling to No. 10 Illinois. ISU returns most of its 2014 squad and leading the way is AVCA All-America libero Caitlin Nolan. The senior, who set the Big 12 record with 5.74 digs per set last season, won ISU its seventh consecutive Big 12 Libero of the Year Award. The Cyclones have the No. 8 recruiting class according to prepvolleyball.com and have added three top-35 recruits to the team. Series History: Iowa State leads 2-0
MARQUETTE QUICK HITS:
The Golden Eagles were picked to finish second in the BIG EAST this season for the fourth consecutive year. 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.
Meghan Niemann was unanimously named to the preseason All-BIG EAST squad. Niemann set an MU season record with 150 blocks in 2014 and recorded a .316 hitting percentage. The redshirt junior is a two-time All-BIG EAST regular season selection.
Marquette earned the AVCA team academic award for the 2014-15 season. The Golden Eagles combined for a 3.34 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year to earn the team award for the third straight year. Seven returning student-athletes earned the 2014-15 BIG EAST All-Academic Team award for posting a GPA of 3.0 or better.Marquette is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2014.
Redshirt freshman Jenna Rosenthal played for USA Volleyball's Collegiate National Team program over the summer. She was one of 35 selected for the program, and the only one from the BIG EAST Conference. The team trained at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship in New Orleans. Rosenthal contributed eight points to CNT Red in a mini-tournament.
Marquette has seven newcomers expected to make their Marquette debuts this weekend. This includes three true freshmen (Abby Julian, Riley Burchett, Amanda Green), two redshirt freshmen (Jenna Rosenthal, Taylor Lewis) and two transfers (Joy Miley, Sara Blasier).