Marquette Begins Four-Match Conference Homestand
Oct. 4, 2007
MILWAUKEE - After dropping matches at Cincinnati and Louisville, the Marquette volleyball team will look to rebound in its first of four consecutive home matches. The Golden Eagles welcome Georgetown to the Al McGuire Center on Friday at 7 p.m. and USF arrives Sunday at 2 p.m.
Friday's match against Georgetown will be broadcast on MUTV and available on gomarquette.com on the all-access feature. It is also Fanatic Friday, in which all students in attendance will have an opportunity to play in the BULLSEYE serve and win contest for various prizes valued at $500 dollars.
Sunday's match with USF is one of two fall clinic's that the Golden Eagles will host. Spots are still available on gomarquette.com.
"I am excited about the weekend. It's great to be at home, we have a lot of stuff happening over the weekend with the promotions on Friday and the kid's clinic on Sunday," head coach Pati Rolf said. "I think the team is excited to be back home. Both Georgetown and South Florida are strong teams. Georgetown has a great coach and have quite a few new players. South Florida has always been a tough match for us, going five games last year."
Senior Kim Todd leads MU and is second in the BIG?EAST with 4.79 kills per game. Last weekend with 82 total kills, Todd averaged 6.00 per contest. Also among conference leaders is senior Katie Weidner, whose 11.67 assists per game slates her sixth in the BIG?EAST and Terri Angst who ranks seventh with 4.42 digs per contest.
Last season, at Georgetown, Marquette swept the Hoyas 3-0 (30-20, 31-29, 30-8), led by Todd's 18 kills and .424 hitting percentage. It was MU's first victory in three attempts with Georgetown. As a team, the Golden Eagles hit .316 over Georgetown.
Georgetown enters the weekend coming off a tough 3-2 loss at Rutgers and owns a 4-14 overall record and 0-3 in the conference. Sophomore Dana Dumas led the Hoyas in the match, recording 15 kills, 15 digs and five service aces. Dumas leads the team with 3.23 kills per game and is third, collecting 2.51 digs per game. Caitlin Boland is dishing out 10.29 assists per game, while Jessica Hardy has a team-leading 2.64 digs per contest.
USF is 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the BIG?EAST on the season. the Bulls completed a 3-0 sweep of Rutgers on Sept. 30 for its first conference win of the season. Senior Kristina Fabris led USF with a team-high 17 kills. Fabris is second on the team with 3.64 kills per game and 3.19 digs per game. Marcela Gurgel leads the Bulls with 4.43 kills per game and ranks third in the BIG?EAST. Gurgel is also the conference leader in service aces, averaging 0.66 per contest.
Last season, in Tampa, Marquette pulled out a tough five-game victory over USF, (30-26, 30-25, 25-30, 15-11). Todd led the Golden Eagles with 26 kills and a .339 hitting percentage and also collected 11 digs. The Golden Eagles are 6-8 all-time against USF.
"It's going to be a good weekend and we're looking forward to getting everyone back on the floor again and moving forward. I think our biggest challenge, again is just to speed up our offense and spread it out more," Rolf said. "It's kind of crazy having two weeks in a row at home, we're going to take advantage of it and get some rest, not having the travel."