Volleyball Steps Outside BIG EAST Tuesday vs. Western Michigan
Oct. 8, 2012
Marquette Volleyball (14-3, 5-0 BIG EAST)
MILWAUKEE - A rare non-conference match in the midst of BIG EAST Conference play awaits the Marquette University women's volleyball team Tuesday evening when the squad welcomes Western Michigan to the Al McGuire Center for a 7 p.m. contest.
The match against the Broncos is Marquette's $2 Tuesday, featuring $2 admission and select concession items, as well as a $50 Marquette Spirit Shop gift card raffle for all students in attendance.
For those unavailable to attend the match, live streaming video will be available on GoMarquette.com's all-access player with Kyle Dlabay and former Marquette AVCA All-American Ciara Jones on the call. Live statistics will be available through GameTracker, as will in-match updates and commentary on Marquette volleyball's Twitter account (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
WESTERN MICHIGAN [11-7 (4-2 MAC) | WMUBroncos.com]: Western Michigan makes the trek to Milwaukee following a five-set loss to Bowling Green on Saturday, Oct. 6, a squad Marquette swept in its season opener on Aug. 24. The Broncos are led by senior middle blocker Jessica Brown who averages 3.24 kills per set with a team-leading hitting percentage of .299. Brown is from the same high school, East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.), as MU sophomore defensive specialist Jalyn Smith. The Golden Eagles fell to the Broncos, 3-1, last season in Kalamazoo (Oct. 18) after winning the opening set. Series history: WMU leads 4-3-1.
MARQUETTE REMAINS BIG EAST'S LONE UNBEATEN; MATTAI ON LEAGUE HONOR ROLL: With St. John's 3-1 loss at Notre Dame Sunday afternoon and Marquette's five-set triumph over USF, the Golden Eagles remain the lone undefeated squad in conference play at 5-0. The Golden Eagles improved to 14-3 (5-0 BIG EAST) with a pair of victories this past weekend over Pittsburgh and USF. MU was led by senior middle hitter Kelsey Mattai, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday after hitting .607 in the two contests, including .857 against Pitt with a career-high 12 kills. Mattai currently leads the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.392, 98-24-189) and sits fourth in blocks (1.12/set).
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)
DANIE 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. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one of 10 finalists 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.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
Marquette is receiving 22 points in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 8), up from 12 last week. It sits just four spots outside the top 25.
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.
2012 HONORS AND AWARDS: