Volleyball Begins 2013 at Hampton Inn Invite
Aug 28, 2013
2013 Hampton Inn Invitational
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team begins the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30 at the Hampton Inn Invitational against tournament-host Bowling Green before facing No. 13 Brigham Young University on Saturday, Aug. 31. Action begins at 6 p.m. CT Friday at the Stroh Center against the Falcons, while MU will face the Cougars at 11:30 a.m. CT on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a season in which they set program records for overall (27-7) and BIG EAST Conference victories (13-2), while making their second-straight trip to the NCAA Championship. MU fell to new conference-mate Creighton in the 2012 NCAAs and will see the Bluejays in Bowling Green, although the two will not meet prior to league action.
Marquette was ranked second in the BIG EAST preseason coaches' poll behind No. 25 Creighton, while MU senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein shares 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Co-Players of the Year honors with CU's Kelli Browning.
All four teams competing at the Hampton Inn Invitational competed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, the only tournament to boast that claim in the opening weekend of competition. Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky is 3-1 in season lidlifters while at MU, with the lone loss coming in a 3-1 defeat against Saint Louis in 2011.
Friday's match against the Falcons will feature live, streaming video free of charge, while Saturday's contest against the Cougars can be viewed for $8 on BGSUFalcons.com. Live stats and a free audio broadcast are also available for each contest. For additional coverage, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
BOWLING GREEN [2012: 22-11 (13-3 MAC) | BGSUFalcons.com | @BGSUVolleyball]: The Falcons made their second NCAA Championship appearance in program history in 2012 and won their first match in tournament play against Yale, 3-2, on Nov. 30. BGSU claimed the Mid-American Conference tournament title in 2012 over Northern Illinois and was led by tournament most valuable player Paige Penrod, as well as fellow All-MAC First Team performers Lindsey Butterfield and Danielle Tonyan. The Falcons return five of six starters and will honor their 2012 MAC championship team in a pre-match ceremony prior to Friday's season opener. Marquette swept BGSU 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 in the first match of the 2012 season in the Marquette Challenge at the Al McGuire Center.
No. 13 BYU [2012: 28-4 (13-3 WCC) | BYUSports.com | @BYUwvolleyball]: BYU went 28-4 in 2012, including 13-3 in the West Coast Conference to tie for first with San Diego. The Cougars, who enter 2013 ranked No. 13 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches' Poll, advanced to the third round of the 2012 NCAA tournament before falling to Oregon 3-1. BYU returns three starters plus its libero for the 2013 season, led by sophomore middle blocker Alexa Gray who was the Cougars' lone selection on the preseason all-conference team after earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors last year. BYU captured a victory in the only other matchup between the two programs, a sweep on Aug. 24, 2007 to begin the year at the University of Iowa.
KOBERSTEIN PEGGED AS BIG EAST PRESEASON CO-POY, MU PICKED AS BIG EAST RUNNER-UP: Marquette was picked second in the BIG EAST Conference Coaches' Poll and senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein was chosen as the BIG EAST Preseason Co-Player of the Year with Creighton's Kelli Browning. Koberstein led the BIG EAST last year with 11.64 assists per set, which ranked 10th nationally, and was an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.
The Madison, Wis., native was one of eight setters who trained with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Program this summer. Marquette junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh was also named to the preseason all-conference team. Creighton, which defeated MU in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championship, is the preseason pick to win the league and received seven of nine first-place votes. (READ MORE)
KOBERSTEIN ALSO NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Koberstein picked up another preseason honor on Wednesday, Aug. 28 by being named one of 30 candidates for the women's volleyball Senior CLASS Award. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. (READ MORE)
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
Marquette was picked second in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for the second-straight season. MU received two first-place votes, while Creighton received the other seven and was picked first.
Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein (Madison, Wis.) and Creighton middle hitter Kelli Browning (Waukesha, Wis.) are the coaches' choices for 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Co-Players of the Year.
Marquette's 27 victories in 2012 set a program record in NCAA Division I play, dating back to the 1986 campaign. Its 13 BIG EAST wins also set a new program standard.
Just seven universities put men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball teams in their respective NCAA Championships during the fall of 2012. Those seven are Marquette, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington.
The Golden Eagles' BIG EAST record has improved each year under Shymansky (2009: 6-8; 2010: 11-3; 2011: 12-2; 2012: 13-2), as has their overall win total (18, 23, 24, 27).
Second-year captain Julie Jeziorowski is the Marquette career record holder with 1,650 digs. Her 2011 (638) and 2012 (604) totals are the two highest single-season dig marks in program history.
The Golden Eagles advanced to their first-ever BIG EAST Championship match in 2012 where they fell to then-No. 10 Louisville.
Eight Marquette players have earned AVCA All-America honors over the last two years. MU's setter has earned the honor in 2010 (Nikki Klingsporn), 2011 (Chelsea Heier) and 2012 (Koberstein). Danielle Carlson became MU's first two-time AVCA All-American in 2012.
Bond Shymansky enters the 2013 season 20th among active NCAA Division I head coaches in winning percentage (.719; 264-103) and 25th all-time.
MU has won its last 34 BIG EAST regular season matches against opponents not named Cincinnati or Louisville (just 2-5 against the Bearcats and Cardinals over that stretch). The 34-match streak dates back to the opening weekend of 2010 when MU was without All-American outside hitter Ashley Beyer due to a shoulder injury against Georgetown.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles will return to Milwaukee to host No. 4 USC and TCU in the Marquette Challenge on Sept. 6-7 at the Al McGuire Center.