Golden Eagles Host Pitt and USF
Oct. 4, 2012
Marquette Volleyball (12-3, 3-0 BIG EAST)
Friday's contest is Marquette volleyball social media night, allowing @muathletics and @MarquetteVB Twitter followers as well as those who `like' Marquette Volleyball's Facebook page, to print off a voucher for a free hot dog. Sunday's match is 2-for-1 admission for all fans with a church bulletin, as well as MU's third camper reunion and post-match clinic of the season.
Live streaming video and live statistics are available for both matches on GoMarquette.com.
PITTSBURGH [10-8 (1-3 BIG EAST) | PittsburghPanthers.com | @PittVolleyball]: Pittsburgh heads to Milwaukee after dropping a pair of league contests last weekend at home to Cincinnati and Louisville. The Panthers, who have played just five of their 18 matches at home this season, enter play 10-8 overall and 1-3 in the BIG EAST. Pitt is led by sophomore outside hitter Jessica Wynn's 2.38 kills per set, while libero Margy Action ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 5.22 digs per set. Marquette has won all nine sets in its last three matches with the Panthers. Series history: Pitt leads 6-4.
USF [10-7 (2-2 BIG EAST) | GoUSFBulls.com | @USFVolleyball]: USF will face Syracuse Friday evening before taking on the Golden Eagles Sunday afternoon. Last weekend the Bulls topped Cincinnati in four sets after falling to No. 17 Louisville 3-1. Sophomore outside hitter Valerie El Houssine leads USF with 2.72 kills per set and 21 service aces on the year. The Bulls, who utilize a 6-2 offensive system, are led by first-year head coach Courtney Draper. Series history: USF leads 11-8.
MARQUETTE MOVES TO 3-0 IN BIG EAST; MERTENS BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marquette remained undefeated in BIG EAST Conference play with a five-set victory at Notre Dame and a sweep of DePaul last weekend. The Golden Eagles notched a combined 25 points in first- and third-set losses to the Irish before rebounding to take the final two sets 27-25 and 15-7.
Redshirt senior Holly Mertens was named BIG EAST Player of the Week for her performance, which included career highs of 20 kills and nine blocks at Notre Dame as well as 13 kills at DePaul. Mertens, who hit .592 over the weekend with an average of 4.12 kills per set, was also named a top weekly performer by the Collegiate Volleyball Update. In BIG EAST play, Mertens leads MU with 3.91 kills per set and a .522 hitting percentage, while also averaging 1.09 digs and 1.00 block.
MARQUETTE TO HOST DIG PINK MATCH ON OCT. 21: In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Marquette University women's volleyball squad has teamed with the Side-Out Foundation to support its Dig Pink initiative throughout the month of October, culminating in the Golden Eagles' Sunday, Oct. 21 match against Louisville. Fans can help Marquette achieve its goal of a $5,000 donation by donating a set amount or on a per-dig basis for its match against the Cardinals. (To donate, go to http://bit.ly/DigPinkMU)
In addition to direct donations to the Side-Out Foundation, the Golden Eagles will be selling Dig Pink t-shirts for $10 and auctioning off a 2013 summer camp experience on GoMarquette.com with all proceeds benefitting the Dig Pink initiative.
If the Golden Eagles reach their goal of $5,000, Shymansky has agreed to don a pair of the student section's `Marquette Maniacs' blue and gold overalls as he coaches MU against UConn on Friday, Nov. 2. (Please mention the Twitter hashtag #GetBondinBibs)
CARLSON - 2012 SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson has been selected as a candidate for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, honoring NCAA Division I women's volleyball. The candidate class of 30 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, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in character, competition, the classroom and the community. For more information on Carlson's candidacy, go to http://bit.ly/DanieCLASS.
ALL HOME MATCHES STREAMED FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR: All Marquette volleyball home matches this fall will be streamed live on GoMarquette.com's multimedia platform, MUTube (GoMarquette.com/allaccess/). Play-by-Play duties will be shared during the campaign by Kyle Dlabay (Comm, `06), Armen Saryan (620 WTMJ/Comm, `06) and Eric Brooks (620 WTMJ). They will be joined throughout the season by special guests, including former Marquette AVCA All-American Ciara Jones (Comm, `12).
FOLLOW MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK: Be sure to follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB) and "like" us on Facebook (/MarquetteVolleyball) for updates throughout the year. In addition to live stats and video links found on GoMarquette.com, @MarquetteVB on Twitter will provide live in-match updates during all matches.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
Marquette is receiving 12 points in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, up from six last week.
The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 42 in the first NCAA Division I RPI of the year, released on Oct. 1.
The Al McGuire Center will host the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Championship on Nov. 16-18.
Outside hitter Lindsey Gosh's 0.52 service aces per set rank first in the league and ninth in the nation, while setter Elizabeth Koberstein is third in the conference and 28th nationally with 11.22 assists per set. MU leads the BIG EAST as a team in hitting percentage (.256) and ranks third in kills (13.89/set), fourth in assists (12.98/set) and fifth in blocks (2.22/set).
The victory over No. 23 Michigan on Sept. 7 marks the highest-ranked opponent MU has ever defeated.
Six Marquette players have earned AVCA All-America honors over the last two years, while three of those players have gone on to play professionally. Carlson could become MU's first two-time AVCA All-American.
The Golden Eagles' record has improved each year in the BIG EAST under Shymansky, going from 6-8 in 2009 to 11-3 in 2010 and 12-2 in 2011.
UP NEXT: Marquette heads to New Jersey to face Seton Hall and Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. The Golden Eagles defeated the two New Jersey schools in back-to-back matches during last year's regular season after falling behind 2-0 in each match at the Al McGuire Center.