Volleyball Begins BIG EAST Play Saturday at DePaul
Sept. 27, 2013
MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL (7-4)
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University begins its ninth season in the BIG EAST Conference on Saturday at 7 p.m. when the women's volleyball team travels to Chicago to take on the undefeated DePaul Blue Demons at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Golden Eagles (7-4) are coming off a five-set nail-biter against Illinois State, 3-2, on Wednesday evening, in which they topped the Redbirds 17-15 in the final frame after trailing 8-3. Junior Lindsey Gosh led MU with 16 kills, while freshman Autumn Bailey landed two of her 13 kills to help Marquette stave off ISU match-point at 14-13 and 15-14 following MU service errors.
Marqette has won its last two conference lid-lifters and is 6-2 all-time in BIG EAST openers.
A live video stream will be available through DePaulBlueDemons.com for a fee, while live statistics can be accessed via GameTracker.
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SHYMANSKY CLOSES IN ON 100TH MARQUETTE VICTORY: Head coach Bond Shymansky has a chance to pick up his 100th victory as Marquette's program steward on Saturday, Sept. 25 at DePaul. He is 99-43 at MU and 271-107 in his career. Shymansky would be the third head coach at MU to rack up 100 wins and would do so in the fewest number of matches. He entered the year 20th among active head coaches in winning percentage and 25th all-time in NCAA Division I.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
at DePAUL [13-0 (0-0 BIG EAST) | DePaulBlueDemons.com | @DePaul_Vball]: The Blue Demons are off to their best start in program history and are 13-0 after sweeping the University of Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday evening. The squad, led by fourth-year head coach Nadia Edwards, has dropped just six sets all season and heads into this weekend as winners of its last 11 frames. Junior outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova leads DePaul with 3.96 kills per set, while hitting .307 and ranking second on the squad with 3.02 digs per set. Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Abbie Fleener sits second on the Blue Demons with 2.95 kills and setter Colleen Smith, an Indiana transfer, paces the DPU offense with 10.44 assists per frame. The team leads the BIG EAST in every offensive category after its hot start to the year, ranking first in kills per set, hitting percentage, assists and service aces. Series history: DPU leads 29-21.
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.
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 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 1,825 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 have one of their longest layoffs of the season before travelling to the East Coast to take on Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 4 and Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 5.