Volleyball Hosts St. John's Sunday at 2 p.m.
Nov. 9, 2013
MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL (18-5, 10-1 BIG EAST)
MILWAUKEE - Fresh off a 3-0 sweep of Seton Hall on Friday evening, the Marquette University women's volleyball team returns to the Al McGuire Center to face St. John's on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
The Golden Eagles (18-5, 10-1 BIG EAST) wrapped up their fourth straight appearance in the conference tournament semifinals with the victory over the Pirates, giving them 10 league wins for the fourth time in as many years. The conference tournament will be held Nov. 29-30 in Omaha, Neb., at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Although Marquette hit just .225 against Seton Hall, Autumn Bailey and Lindsey Gosh hit .452 with a combined 25 kills against just one error. The tandem proved unstoppable as MU took a victory over the Pirates in under five sets for just the second time in the previous eight meetings.
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SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
ST. JOHN'S [15-12 (4-7 BIG EAST) | RPI: 133 | RedStormSports.com | @StJohnsVB]: St. John's dropped its match Friday at DePaul in five sets at McGrath-Phillips Arena and entered the weekend coming off a shocking five-set victory at Creighton on Friday, Nov. 1. Reigning-BIG EAST Player of the Week Yaidy Santiago led St. John's to the win over the Bluejays with her first career double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Karin Palgutova leads the BIG EAST and the Red Storm with 4.42 kills and 4.98 points per set on the year. Port Huron, Mich., native Amy Zimmer leads St. John's with 1.14 blocks per set to rank fifth in the league. MU hasn't lost to the Red Storm since 2007 and is a perfect 4-0 against St. John's under Bond Shymansky. Series history: MU leads 5-3.
JEZIOROWSKI FIRST TO 2,000 CAREER DIGS: Senior libero and team captain Julie Jeziorowski became the first player in program history to break the 2,000-dig plateau on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Xavier. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native broke Marquette's all-time mark last season during the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at the Al McGuire Center against South Florida (Nov. 17). She currently leads the Golden Eagles and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with 4.61 digs per set in 2013.
AVCA NAMES MARQUETTE TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HOST WATCH LIST: The American Volleyball Coaches Association named Marquette as one of 33 teams on its 2013 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship First and Second Round Host Watch List. To be included on the list teams must either be ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll or among the top 25 teams in either the Pablo or NCAA RPI rankings. MU is ranked 11th in RPI as of Nov. 4.
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. Online donations can be made via MU's Side-Out Foundation profile at http://go.mu.edu/DigPink.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
• The Golden Eagles are ranked 11th in the NCAA Division I RPI Rankings (Nov. 4). Marquette is the only school to currently have men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball all ranked in the top 11 of the RPI.
• Senior defensive specialist Rachel Stier is ninth in MU history with 982 digs and can become the seventh Marquette player to reach 1,000.
UP NEXT: Marquette faces Seton Hall and St. John's on Nov. 15-17 on the East Coast. The Golden Eagles play at Seton Hall on Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Central time before finishing up their road trip at St. John's on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. CT.