Marquette Heads East for Georgetown and Villanova

Julie Jeziorowski (1,435 digs) is now second all-time in career digs at Marquette.

Oct. 25, 2012

Marquette Volleyball (18-4, 8-1 BIG EAST)
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at Georgetown (7-15, 1-8 BIG EAST)
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Friday, Oct. 26
McDonough Arena
Washington, D.C.
7 p.m. CT

at Villanova (10-14, 4-5 BIG EAST) 
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Sunday, Oct. 28
Jake Nevin Field House
Villanova, Pa.
Noon CT

MILWAUKEE - Following its first conference defeat of the 2012 season, the Marquette University women's volleyball team looks to return to its winning ways with an East Coast swing this weekend, this time at Georgetown and Villanova on Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28.

The Golden Eagles (18-4, 8-1 BIG EAST Conference) will first face Georgetown at 7 p.m. Central time Friday in Washington, D.C., at McDonough Arena, before heading to Villanova, Pa., for a noon CT Sunday showdown at Jake Nevin Field House.

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GEORGETOWN [7-15 (1-8 BIG EAST) | | @HoyaVolleyball]: Georgetown snapped a 14-match losing streak, which included its first eight conference contests, with a sweep of DePaul on Sunday, Oct. 21. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Johnson leads the Hoyas and ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference with 3.65 kills per set. Johnson is followed by classmate Dani White, a middle hitter, who averages 2.96 kills and a team-high 1.14 blocks per set (second in the league). Junior setter Haley Lowrance ranks third in assists per set (10.84), although Georgetown sits just 13th in the BIG EAST in team hitting percentage and 10th in kills. The Golden Eagles dropped a 3-2 decision to the Hoyas in their last trip to McDonough Arena on Sept. 26, 2010. MU was without the services of AVCA All-American Ashley Beyer in that match, who was sidelined at the time with a shoulder injury. Series history: Tied 4-4.

VILLANOVA [10-14 (4-5 BIG EAST) | | @Villanovavb]: Villanova has dropped its last three matches, including a sweep at the hands of Notre Dame in its last contest Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats lost 2010 and 2011 BIG EAST Libero of the Year Kim Maroon to graduation but still lead the league in digs per set (17.66), while being paced by junior Mariah Henley, the conference's individual leader at 5.85. The Golden Eagles are 6-1 all-time against the Wildcats and have won the last four meetings, including all three in Bond Shymansky's tenure at MU. Series history: MU leads 6-1.

The Last Meeting
October 7, 2011
Al McGuire Center
Beyer's 1,000th Career Kill Leads Marquette Past Georgetown 3-0
Senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer notched her 1,000th career kill in the second set as the Marquette University women's volleyball team continued its perfect 4-0 start to BIG EAST Conference play with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 sweep of Georgetown Friday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

The Last Meeting
October 9, 2011
Al McGuire Center
Volleyball Improves to 5-0 In BIG EAST With Sweep of Villanova
The Marquette University women's volleyball team moved to 5-0 in BIG EAST Conference play Sunday afternoon with a 25-19, 28-26, 25-21 sweep of Villanova at the Al McGuire Center.

MERTENS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Redshirt senior Holly Mertens hit .472 (31-6-53) last week in a sweep of Cincinnati and a 3-1 loss to No. 15 Louisville. Mertens averaged 4.43 kills per set against the Bearcats and Cardinals, including a match-high 18 kills against Cincinnati on Friday evening.

The BIG EAST Honor Roll mention is Mertens' second weekly honor this season. The Stanley, Wis., native also earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors on Monday, Oct. 8 for her play in wins over Notre Dame and DePaul.

MU CLAIMS FIRST WIN OVER CINCINNATI SINCE 2006: Marquette defeated Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 19, its first victory over the Bearcats since Sept. 22, 2006, ending a stretch of six-straight losses to the long-time conference foe. Marquette was led by Mertens, who continued to live up to All-BIG EAST Preseason Team billing with 18 kills and a .640 hitting percentage (18-2-25). Junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein paced the MU offense to a hitting percentage of .304, while notching 39 assists in the sweep.

JEZIOROWSKI NO. 2 ALL-TIME IN DIGS AT MU: Junior libero Julie Jeziorowski picked up 13 digs against Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 19 to move into the No. 2 spot on MU's career digs list. She passed Erin Freer (1,404 digs) with six digs in the first set against the Bearcats. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native set Marquette's single season record in 2011 (638 digs) and sits 132 digs away from the career program record [Jamie Mueller (2003-06; 1,567)].

• Marquette is receiving 37 points in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 22), down from 41 last week. It sits just two spots outside the top 25.
• The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 33 in the NCAA Division I Ratings Percentage Index rankings, released on Oct. 22.
• Junior Julie Jeziorowski (1,435 digs) moved past Erin Freer (1,405) and sits second on MU's career digs list.
• Marquette has a pair of BIG EAST individual statistical leaders in Danielle Carlson (.374 hitting pct.) and Elizabeth Koberstein (11.46 assists/set). MU also leads the BIG EAST in team hitting percentage (.270).
• Three of the top eight individuals in hitting percentage in the BIG EAST are from MU (1-Carlson, 3-Mattai, 8-Mertens).
• 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: Marquette returns to action Tuesday, Oct. 30 against cross-town foe Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles previously defeated the Panthers 3-1 on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Al McGuire Center.

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)

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)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 22)




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