Volleyball Heads Across Town Tuesday to Face Milwaukee

Catherine Mayer has reached double digits in digs in six of her last nine matches.

Oct. 29, 2012

Marquette Volleyball (20-4, 10-1 BIG EAST)
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at Milwaukee (8-15, 3-7 Horizon)
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TV: Sports32
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Klotsche Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
7 p.m.

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team faces the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the second time this season 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Klotsche Center. The match will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports32 with Matt Menzl and Michelle Griffin-Wenzel on the call.

The Golden Eagles (20-4, 10-1 BIG EAST Conference) head into the contest winners of 13 of their last 14 matches, including a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Al McGuire Center.

The Last Meeting
September 15, 2012
Al McGuire Center
Marquette Takes Down Milwaukee, 3-1
The Marquette University women's volleyball team picked up a 3-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center in the finale of the Marquette Invitational.

The Panthers (8-15, 3-7 Horizon League), who lost starting setter Kayla Price for the season in that match due it a hand injury, have lost four straight and are just 3-7 in conference action.

Follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB) for in-match updates, while live statistics will also be available through GameTracker on GoMarquette.com.

MILWAUKEE [8-15 (3-7 HORIZON) | UWMPanthers.com | @UWMVolleyball]: Milwaukee has struggled in Horizon League action after losing it starting setter, Kayla Price, to a hand injury in its last meeting at Marquette. The two-time defending Horizon regular season champions are just 3-7 in conference play and are hitting a combined .172 (507-239-1,562). Milwaukee is just 1-7 in five-set contests this season while Marquette is 4-2 in matches that have gone the distance. The Golden Eagles previously defeated the Panthers, 3-1, at the Al McGuire Center on Sept. 15 in the finale of the Marquette Invitational. Sophomore outside hitter Julie Kolinske leads the Panthers with 3.80 kills per set and sits second on the squad with 3.17 digs per frame. Former Marquette All-American Nikki Klingsporn is in her first season as assistant coach at Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles have claimed the last five meetings between the two squads. Series history: Milwaukee leads 46-27-1.

CARLSON NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Danielle Carlson was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career, the league announced Monday, Oct. 29.

Carlson helped Marquette to a pair of victories at Georgetown and Villanova last weekend while hitting .519 (29-2-52) with 4.14 kills and 1.43 blocks per set. The senior middle hitter recorded just two errors, with both coming in Sunday's sweep of Villanova. She led Marquette with a 16 kills against the Hoyas Friday evening and landed a match-high 13 at Villanova.

It is the second time this season that a Marquette student-athlete has earned player of the week honors. Classmate Holly Mertens also earned the distinction on Oct. 1 after MU defeated Notre Dame and DePaul on the road.

MARQUETTE HAS 20/10 VISION FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON: Sunday's victory at Villanova marked the third-straight season the Golden Eagles have reached the 20-win plateau with at least 10 conference victories. It is only the fourth time in program history that MU has reached 20 victories since it joined NCAA Division I. Marquette's highest win total as a member of D-I was 24 in 2010.

GOLDEN EAGLES SEAL BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE: Marquette's win over the Wildcats also clinched a spot in the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Championship, which it hosts Nov. 16-18 at the Al McGuire Center. Tickets to the three-day event can be purchased at GoMarquette.com/tickets.

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 96 digs away from the career program record [Jamie Mueller (2003-06; 1,567)].

• The Golden Eagles are 11-4 at home and a perfect 9-0 away from the Al McGuire Center.
• Marquette is receiving 30 points in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 29), down from 37 last week. It sits three spots outside the top 25.
• The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 36 in the NCAA Division I Ratings Percentage Index rankings, released on Oct. 29.
• Junior Julie Jeziorowski (1,471 digs) moved past Erin Freer (1,405) and sits second on MU's career digs list.
• Marquette has a trio of BIG EAST individual statistical leaders in Danielle Carlson (.385 hitting pct.), Elizabeth Koberstein (11.48 assists/set) and Lindsey Gosh (0.49 aces/set). MU also leads the BIG EAST in team hitting percentage (.270) and kills per set (14.02).
• Three of the top eight individuals in hitting percentage in the BIG EAST are from MU (1-Carlson, 4-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: The Golden Eagles host the University of Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. before welcoming St. John's at 2 p.m. Sunday 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 Player of the Week (Oct. 29)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 17, Oct. 15)

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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