MU Hosts No. 3 USC and TCU in Marquette Challenge
Sep 4, 2013
2013 Marquette Challenge
TCU vs. No. 3 USC
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team opens its home schedule on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Al McGuire Center against No. 3 Southern California at 7 p.m. in the Marquette Challenge. In addition to the Trojans, the highest ranked team to ever visit Marquette, the Golden Eagles will face TCU on Saturday at noon.
The Golden Eagles (1-1) are coming off an opening weekend at the Hampton Inn Invitational where they defeated host-Bowling Green, 3-1, on Friday, Aug. 30 before dropping a five-set heartbreaker to No. 13 BYU on Saturday.
Freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey led Marquette in both contests with match highs of 19 and 26 kills, respectively, and was named to the all-tournament team with senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein. Bailey was also named the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday for her play in her debut weekend.
TCU and USC will kick off the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m.
A live video stream will be provided for all MU matches on GoMarquette.com, while live statistics will be available through GameTracker for all three contests. Eric Brooks and Armen Saryan of 620 WTMJ will handle the call for the match against the Trojans and Saryan will join Marquette's own Patrick Reed on the call for Saturday's matinee.
For additional coverage, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
No. 3 USC [3-0 (0-0 Pac-12) | USCTrojans.com | @uscwomensvolley]: The Women of Troy made their 30th trip to the NCAA tournament in 2012 and made a deep run before falling to eventual national champion Texas in the regional title match. Last weekend, USC claimed the 2013 Mortar Board Premier title by recording wins against Purdue, Western Kentucky, and Alabama A&M. Ebony Nwanebu was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 3.75 kills and 1.12 blocks per set. USC is led by a trio of seniors, two-time AVCA All-American libero, Natalie Hagglund, last season's kill per game leader Alexis Olgard, and 2012 All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention Sara Shaw. Head coach Mick Haley is entering his 13th season in L.A. and led the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2002 and 2003. Series history: First meeting.
TCU [2-1 (0-0 Big 12) | GoFrogs.com | @TCUvolleyball]: TCU went 15-14 in its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference in 2012. The Horned Frogs return nine letterwinners from last year's team, including 2012 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Yvonne Igodan. TCU went in 2-1 in the Georgia Bulldog Invitational last weekend, posting wins against Furman and Lipscomb, while falling to Georgia. Freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith leads the Frogs in kills with 27. The Frogs are a relatively young team, featuring 13 underclassmen and only four upperclassmen. Series history: MU leads 4-1.
BAILEY NAMED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Marquette outside hitter Autumn Bailey was named the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday, Sept. 2 after a debut weekend in which she led the league in kills and points per set. Bailey averaged 5.00 kills and 3.33 digs per set, which included team highs of 19 kills and 16 digs in her collegiate debut Friday against BGSU and 26 kills in MU's 3-2 loss to BYU. Bailey's 26 kills against the Cougars were the most for an MU player since Nov. 24, 2007 when fellow Canadian Kim Todd and Ashlee Fisher notched 29 and 27 kills, respectively, against South Dakota State. The Burlington, Ontario native also added 14 digs vs. BYU and four blocks on the afternoon while hitting .300. (READ MORE)
KOBERSTEIN NAMED A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein, the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year, was 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 1,679 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 entered the 2013 season 20th among active NCAA Division I head coaches in winning percentage (.719; 264-103) and 25th all-time.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles head to Fort Myers, Fla., for the 2013 Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport Volleyball Invitational on Sept. 13-14 where they will face tournament-host Florida Gulf Coast in addition to perennial national title contender, No. 1 Penn State, and Central Arkansas.