Volleyball Welcomes Illinois State Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Freshman Nele Barber landed a season-high five kills Sunday vs. Milwaukee.

Sept. 24, 2013

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vs. Illinois State (9-3, 2-0 MVC)
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Al McGuire Center
Wednesday, Sept. 25
7 p.m. 

MILWAUKEE -  The Marquette University women’s volleyball team welcomes Illinois State on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to the Al McGuire Center at 7 p.m. for its final match before the start of BIG EAST Conference play.

The Golden Eagles improved to 6-4 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of Milwaukee in the finale of the Marquette Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 22. Marquette also swept Green Bay last week and suffered a sweep at the hands of then-No. 4 Florida on Friday evening.

Senior libero Julie Jeziorowski and junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh earned all-tournament honors for their play against the Gators and Panthers, while Gosh also earned mention on the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second time in as many weeks. Gosh notched 13 kills and a career-best six service aces in just three sets against Milwaukee.

The Redbirds are making their first trip ever to Milwaukee and are looking to go 2-0 all-time against the Golden Eagles. The only other meeting between the two programs came in Normal, Ill., on Sept. 18, 2001, a contest Illinois State won 3-1.

A free, live video stream will be available through GoMarquette.com with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Ciara Jones (analyst) on the call, while live statistics can be accessed via GameTracker.

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ILLINOIS STATE [9-3 (2-0 MVC) | GoRedbirds.com@ISUvb]: The Redbirds enter Wednesday’s meeting coming off three consecutive sweeps over IPFW (Sept. 14), Evansville (Sept. 20) and Southern Illinois (Sept. 22). Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Rosch, the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, leads ISU with 2.93 kills per set and also averages 2.27 digs per frame. Rosch leads five players averaging above 2.00 kills per set, including junior middle blocker Emily Schneider who sits at 2.12 kills per set with team bests of 1.14 blocks per frame and a .333 hitting percentage. The Redbirds are led by sixth-year head coach Melissa Myers. Series history: ISU leads 1-0.

BAILEY AND GOSH EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS: Marquette University outside hitter Autumn Bailey earned BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week honors for the third time this season on Monday, Sept. 23, while junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh earned mention on the league's weekly honor roll for the second time in as many weeks.

Bailey led Marquette against Green Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a match-high 11 kills, while hitting .611 in the contest. The Burlington, Ontario native also paced MU with 3.56 kills per set on the week and notched her sixth double-double of the year against then-No. 4 Florida with 10 kills and 13 digs.

Gosh proved to be too much to handle from the service line as the Oconomowoc, Wis., native landed 10 service aces in the wins over Milwaukee and Green Bay, including a career-high six against the Panthers in just three sets. The junior leads the conference and ranks fourth in all of NCAA Division I with 0.67 aces per set on the season and hit a combined .386 in the three matches last week.

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.


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 all-tournament recognition at the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport FGCU Volleyball Classic (Sept. 13-14) along with Lindsey Gosh. Gosh and Julie Jeziorowski were honored in the final tournament of the pre-conference slate, the Marquette Invitational (Sept. 20-22).

• Bailey captured three of the first four BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 2, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23) honors 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 1,803 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 begin BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 28 at DePaul in the first conference match of the season for both squads at 7 p.m.




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