MU Welcomes DePaul in Rematch of Early Season Thriller
Oct. 17, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team will face DePaul on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Al McGuire Center in the second meeting this season between the BIG EAST Conference travel partners.
Marquette won the previous meeting 3-2 on Saturday, Sept. 28 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago after rebounding from a first set loss. Freshman hitters Autumn Bailey (29 kills, .500), Nele Barber (18 kills, .455) and Meghan Niemann (14 kills, .476) all reached career highs in that contest, as did senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein who notched 69 assists while leading MU to a season-best hitting percentage of .387.
Saturday's match marks the first time since 2003 that the two programs have faced each other twice in a campaign and the first time since 2001 that they have meet more than once in regular season action.
The Golden Eagles (11-5, 3-1 BIG EAST) are coming off a sweep at Creighton on Sunday, Oct. 13 in their first BIG EAST Conference loss of the year. Marquette allowed 8-4 and 7-1 runs to Creighton to close out the first and second sets, respectively, before the Bluejays claimed a straight-sets win with a 25-19 third set victory.
Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky, who captured his 100th victory at Marquette against DePaul on Sept. 28, can become the second winningest coach in program history with a win on Saturday evening. Shymansky currently has 103 victories to his credit with the Golden Eagles.
Marquette sits half a match behind Xavier for the conference lead at 4-1 and is tied with Creighton.
A free live video stream featuring Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and former Marquette All-American Ciara Jones (analyst) will be available on GoMarquette.com, as will live statistics via GameTracker.
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SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
Meghan Niemann EARNS FIRST BIG EAST HONOR: Redshirt freshman middle hitter Meghan Niemann earned the first BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Weekly Honor Roll recognition of her career on Monday, Oct. 14 after averaging almost four kills per set while hitting .462 in a 1-1 week. The Jackson, Wis., native hit .500 with a match-high 12 kills and a pair of blocks at Creighton and led MU over Loyola with 11 kills on Tuesday.
BUZZ WILLIAMS TEAMS WITH MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL TO `DIG PINK': Men's basketball coach Buzz Williams will join women's volleyball coach Bond Shymansky in wearing blue-and-gold-striped overalls at the Nov. 22 match against Xavier if the Marquette community can raise over $7,000 for breast cancer research by that date.
Donations can be made via Marquette's Side-Out Foundation profile at http://go.mu.edu/DigPink . Fans also can help Marquette reach its goal by attending its annual "Dig Pink" breast cancer awareness match on Sunday, Oct. 27 against Georgetown, which features $2 admission for fans wearing pink.
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:
The Golden Eagles are ranked 21st in the NCAA Division I RPI Rankings (Oct. 14).
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 Marquette Invitational (Sept. 20-22).
Bailey captured four of the first six BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (9/2, 9/9, 9/23 and 10/7) 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 1,894 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 host three matches over Oct. 25-27 at the Al McGuire Center, beginning with BIG EAST preseason favorite Creighton on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., just prior to men's basketball's Haunted Hoops scrimmage. MU will then welcome Villanova on Saturday and Georgetown on Sunday. The weekend is Marquette's Alumni Weekend, capped by Marquette's annual `Dig Pink' match against the Hoyas.