Marquette Hits the Road for Tough Conference Challenge
Sept. 26, 2007
MILWAUKEE - After a strong start to the BIG EAST Conference season, the Marquette volleyball team will go on the road and meet up with two of the conference's toughest opponents. The Golden Eagles (4-6, 1-0) will face Cincinnati on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. CT, and see Louisville Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. CT.
"We're looking forward to the weekend, Cincinnati and Louisville is always a great combo match-up," head coach Pati Rolf said. "We've always had a great time having them here and going there. There is a great rivalry between the two teams, and there are great crowds at the two teams, so we're looking forward to heading down."
Marquette swept Rutgers, 3-0 (30-26, 30-21, 30-26), in its opening conference match last Sunday. Senior Kim Todd led with her sixth double-double of the season, as she posted 17 kills and collected 10 digs. Senior Katie Weidner dished out 41 assists, while junior Terri Angst had 16 digs.
Marquette has several players who rank in the top 10 of the BIG EAST in five categories. Todd leads the team and is second in the conference with 4.56 kills per game. She has tallied double-figure kills in all 10 of MU's matches this season. Todd also ranks sixth in service aces with 0.44 per game.
Weidner is seventh in the BIG EAST with an 11.58 assist per game average. Angst ranks fifth with 4.47 digs per contest, while Jenn Brown is ninth with 1.17 blocks per game.
Cincinnati owns a 10-4 overall record and is 2-0 in the BIG EAST. It opened conference play with a 3-0 sweep over Georgetown and pulled out a 3-2 victory over USF. Jessie Nevitt is leading the Bearcats with 4.04 kills per game and has a team-high .362 hitting percentage. She posted nine kills against Georgetown and slammed 17 at USF. Annie Fesel is dishing out 13.61 assists per game and ranks second in the conference.
Marquette is just 6-23 all-time against the Bearcats. Last season, the Golden Eagles pulled out a five-game victory to defeat Cincinnati, 3-2, in Milwaukee. Todd slammed 28 kills in the win.
Louisville is 7-4 overall and also boasted a 2-0 opening weekend in the conference. It swept both Georgetown and USF on the road. Jenna Matiasovska leads the Cardinals with 160 kills, 4.10 per game, while Lindsey Mango is collecting 4.07 digs per game. Louisville has the nation's leading blocker in Lecia Brown, who is averaging 2.03 blocks per contest.
Louisville owns a 3-19 all-time record over the Golden Eagles, but MU challenged the Cardinals in its two meeting last season. In the regular season, Todd notched 27 kills, but it was not enough as Marquette fell, 3-1. The teams faced off again in the BIG EAST tournament semifinals and MU pushed the Cardinals to five games, but fell 3-2. Todd slammed 31 kills in the loss.
"Cincinnati has had some very strong matches and Louisville has a big team again this year and is probably one of the top two or three teams in the conference. We're looking forward to testing ourselves, testing our younger, new players and see where we stand," Rolf said.