Golden Eagles to Face Seton Hall and Rutgers in New Jersey

The Golden Eagles return to Casey Read's home state of New Jersey.

Oct. 11, 2012

Marquette Volleyball (15-3, 5-0 BIG EAST)
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at Seton Hall (15-4, 3-3 BIG EAST)
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Saturday, Oct. 13
South Orange, N.J.
Walsh Gym
1 p.m. CT

at Rutgers (15-6, 1-5 BIG EAST)
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Sunday, Oct. 14
Piscataway, N.J.
College Ave. Gym
1 p.m. CT

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team will look to remain undefeated in BIG EAST Conference action following a weekend trip to New Jersey to face Seton Hall and Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. The Golden Eagles (15-3, 5-0 BIG EAST) will take on the Pirates at 1 p.m. Central time Saturday at Walsh Gym in South Orange, N.J., before heading to Piscataway, N.J. for a Sunday showdown at the same time against Rutgers at the College Ave. Gym.

Live statistics will be available for both matches, as will live streaming video of MU's Saturday contest against Seton Hall. For up-to-the-minutes updates and commentary on the weekend's action, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).

SETON HALL [15-4 (3-3 BIG EAST) | | @SHUAthletics]: Seton Hall has dropped three matches in a row after beginning the season 15-1 with a perfect 3-0 mark in BIG EAST play. The Pirates, who are led by first-year head coach Allison Yaeger, were swept by No. 17 Louisville on Oct. 6 before losing in five to Cincinnati on Oct. 7. Sophomore setter Shelbey Manthorpe was named to her third-straight BIG EAST Honor Roll Monday after collecting her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season against UC and U of L. Five of the last six meetings between the Golden Eagles and Pirates have gone five sets, with the lone exception being MU's 3-0 sweep of SHU in last year's BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal on Nov. 18, 2011. Series history: MU leads 4-3.

RUTGERS [15-6 (1-5 BIG EAST) | | @RUvball]: Rutgers began the season 14-1, but is just 1-5 in BIG EAST Conference action. The Scarlet Knights captured tournament championships at the Rutgers Invitational, Spartan Classic and Penn Invitational to begin the year. Rutgers' Sarah Schmid sits just behind Marquette's Kelsey Mattai on the BIG EAST hitting percentage leaderboard (.409 to .373), while RU setter Stephanie Zielinski (11.29) is second to MU's Elizabeth Koberstein (11.39) in assists per set. Series history: MU leads 9-1.

The Last Meeting
Seton Hall0
November 18, 2011
Al McGuire Center
Golden Eagles Sweep Seton Hall to Advance to BIG EAST Semis
The Marquette University women's volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship for the third time in program history following a 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 sweep of Seton Hall Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

The Last Meeting
October 23, 2011
Al McGuire Center
Marquette Topples Rutgers, 3-2, Sunday Afternoon
Another BIG EAST foe from New Jersey, another come-from-behind victory for the Marquette University women's volleyball team as the Golden Eagles erased a 2-0 deficit against Rutgers Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center for a 3-2 victory.

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 15-3 (5-0 BIG EAST) with a pair of victories this past weekend over Pittsburgh and USF and a sweep Tuesday of Western Michigan. MU was led by senior middle hitter Kelsey Mattai, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday after hitting .607 vs. Pitt and USF, including .857 against Pitt with a career-high 12 kills. Mattai currently leads the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.409, 108-25-203) and sits third in blocks (1.15/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

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. 

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

• 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.
• The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 43 in the NCAA Division I RPI rankings, released on Oct. 8.
• Marquette has a trio of BIG EAST individual statistical leaders in Kelsey Mattai (.406 hitting pct.), Elizabeth Koberstein (11.39 assists/set) and Lindsey Gosh (0.53 aces/set). MU also leads the BIG EAST in team hitting percentage (.271).
• The Al McGuire Center will host the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Championship on Nov. 16-18.
• The victory over No. 23 Michigan on Sept. 7 marks the highest-ranked opponent MU has ever defeated.
• Marquette was picked second in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens were both All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selections.
• Six Marquette players have earned AVCA All-America honors over the last two years. Carlson could become MU's first two-time AVCA All-American.• Shymansky earned BIG EAST Conference and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011, his second such awards after earning ACC and AVCA East Region honors in 2004.
• The Golden Eagles' BIG EAST record has improved each year under Shymansky (2009: 6-8; 2010: 11-3; 2011: 12-2).

UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles return to the Al McGuire Center to face Cincinnati and Louisville on Friday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 21. The Bearcats and Cardinals are the only two teams in the BIG EAST Conference to have defeated Marquette in the last two seasons. Sunday's contest vs. Louisville is the Golden Eagles' annual `Dig Pink' match.

2012 Honors and Awards:

Danielle Carlson
2012 Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic MVP
2012 All-Marquette Invitational
2012 All-Xavier Invitational
2012 All-Marquette Challenge
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 17)
All-BIG EAST Preseason Team 

Lindsey Gosh
2012 All-Xavier Invitational

Julie Jeziorowski
2012 All-Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic

Elizabeth Koberstein
2012 Xavier Invitational MVP
2012 All-Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 3, Sept. 24)

Erin Lehman
2012 All-Marquette Challenge

Kelsey Mattai
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 8)

Holly Mertens
BIG EAST Player of the Week (Oct. 1)
All-BIG EAST Preseason Team 




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