Golden Eagles Look for 12th Straight Win in New Jersey
Nov. 4, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball squad will aim for its 12th consecutive win at Rutgers Saturday at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT at the College Ave. Gymnasium in New Brunswick, N.J., before playing Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J., at the Walsh Gym Sunday at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles (18-7, 8-2 BIG EAST) return to action after a sweep of Illinois-Chicago Tuesday night at the Al McGuire Center, in which MU hit a combined .417 (49 kills, nine errors, 96 attacks) as a team. Marquette was also able to defeat West Virginia and Pittsburgh in straight sets on Friday and Sunday, respectively. With the win against the Panthers, the Golden Eagles clinched their first BIG EAST Tournament berth since the 2006 season.
Senior middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the first time in her career Monday for her play against West Virginia and Pittsburgh. The Ingleside, Ill., native leads the BIG EAST and the NCAA with a hitting percentage of .448 (256-51-458).
Rutgers enters the match coming off a pair of five-set contests against Georgetown and USF. The Scarlet Knights (10-14, 2-8 BIG EAST) rallied to beat USF, 3-2, on Sunday, Oct. 31 after they dropped a 3-2 decision to Georgetown Friday. Sophomore setter Stephanie Zielinski leads the team in assists (857), digs (238) and double-doubles (12).
Seton Hall (11-15, 5-5 BIG EAST) enters the weekend having just completed a five-match road trip, in which it went 3-2, with a straight set sweep over Georgetown on Oct. 31. SHU is led by senior outside hitter Sarah Osmun who is the all-time kills leader at SHU with over 1,500 in her career, and is currently averaging 3.64. The Pirates are currently tied for seventh in the BIG EAST with Pittsburgh.
Live stats will be available for both matches, while Seton Hall will offer a live video stream of its match with the Golden Eagles on SHUPirates.com.
MU Clinches BIG EAST Tournament Berth
In MU’s 3-2 loss to Louisville in 2006, several Golden Eagles recorded BIG EAST Tournament records, led by AVCA Honorable Mention All-American Kim Todd’s 31 kills and 35.0 points in the loss to the Cardinals. Setter Monica Renfrow also notched a league record with 74 assists in the contest, while the team’s 85 total kills ranks second. In MU’s only tournament with over Pitt, the Golden Eagles recorded a league record 25.0 kills, led by 19 from Jenn Brown, also a BIG EAST record.
11 Straight Wins an MU NCAA DI Record
The Golden Eagles are a combined 33-6 in those 11 matches, and have only lost two sets in a match once during that streak, at Notre Dame
Rabbecka Gonyo Earns first BIG EAST Honors
Gonyo tallied 17 kills on 24 attacks in sweeps of West Virginia and Pittsburgh. The Ingleside, Ill., native currently leads the BIG EAST and the NCAA in hitting percentage with a mark of .448 (246 kills, 51 errors, 442 attempts).
Gonyo Leads the NCAA in Hitting Pct.
Marquette Seniors Among NCAA Leaders