Volleyball Hosts No. 4 Florida and Milwaukee
Sept. 18, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Following four matches on the road, the Marquette University women's volleyball team returns to the Al McGuire Center to welcome No. 4 Florida and Milwaukee for the Marquette Invitational on Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22.
Marquette and Florida will kick off action on Friday at 7 p.m. before the Gators face Milwaukee at 6 p.m. Saturday. Friday's match is MU's 1KDay, featuring a Marquette volleyball bib t-shirt giveaway for the first 500 students. MU and Milwaukee will close out tournament action on Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by MU's first post-match clinic of the year.
The Golden Eagles (5-3) are coming off a three-set sweep at Green Bay on Tuesday night in which they hit a combined .382 and frustrated the Phoenix out of the gate. Freshman Autumn Bailey posted a match-high 11 kills in the match, including eight in the opening set, while junior Lindsey Gosh added nine kills and upped her league-leading service ace average with four in the contest. MU improved to 29-9 all-time against GB with the victory.
In the fourth-ranked Gators, Marquette will face its third top-four opponent of the season and the match against cross-town foe Milwaukee will mark the 76th meeting all-time between the two programs. MU has won six in a row over UWM.
A free, live video stream will be available through GoMarquette.com for MU matches, while all matches feature live statistics. Kyle Dlabay (COMM, `06) and former Marquette All-American Ciara Jones (COMM, `12) will call both contests.
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No. 4 Florida (9-1) vs. Milwaukee (4-6)
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
MILWAUKEE [4-6 (0-0 Horizon) | UWMPanthers.com | @UWMVolleyball]: Milwaukee is coming off a tough five-set loss to Iowa in which it dropped its home opener after leading two-sets-to-one. The Panthers took the second and third sets against the Hawkeyes and sat at match point twice in the final frame (14-13 and 15-14) before Iowa closed out the contest. Milwaukee has played a stiff opening schedule with losses to Oklahoma, Western Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin in addition to a sweep over Bowling Green, a common opponent with MU. Four players are averaging at least two kills per set for the Panthers, including preseason Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year Rachel Neuberger at 2.92. Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson is in her seventh season on the east side and is assisted by former Marquette AVCA All-American Nikki Klingsporn (2009-10). Series history: UWM leads 46-28-1.
GOSH EARNS FIRST BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR: Marquette junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh was earned the first BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll nod of her career on Monday afternoon. Gosh led the Golden Eagles to a pair of victories over tournament-host Florida Gulf Coast and Central Arkansas and a loss to then-No. 3 Penn State in Fort Myers, Fla. The Oconomowoc, Wis., native notched a season-high 17 kills against Central Arkansas to go along with a season-high five service aces and a career-high eight blocks. She also hit .412 against the Sugar Bears and a combined .342 over the weekend while earning all-tournament honors.
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.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
Autumn Bailey and Elizabeth Koberstein each earned all-tournament honors at the Hampton Inn Invitational (Aug. 30-31) and Marquette Challenge (Sept. 6-7) to begin the season. Koberstein also earned the recognition at the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport FGCU Volleyball Classic (Sept. 13-14) along with Lindsey Gosh.
Bailey captured the first two BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 2 and Sept. 9) accolades of the year.
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 1,781 digs. Her 2011 (638) and 2012 (604) totals are the two highest single-season dig marks in program history.
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 welcome Illinois State to the Al McGuire Center on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for a 7 p.m. mid-week match before beginning BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 28 at DePaul.