Volleyball at Seton Hall and St. John's
Nov. 13, 2013
MARQUETTE VOLLEYBALL (19-5, 11-1 BIG EAST)
at Seton Hall (13-14, 4-8 BIG EAST)
MILWAUKEE - For the second time in as many weeks, the Marquette University women's volleyball team will face Seton Hall and St. John's, this time on the East Coast.
The Golden Eagles (19-5, 11-1 BIG EAST) will face Seton Hall at Walsh Gymnasium on Friday at 2 p.m. Central time, before facing St. John's on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Carnesecca Arena.
Marquette rolled to 3-0 sweeps over both squads last weekend with a win over the Pirates on Friday and the Red Storm on Sunday afternoon. The straight-set victories helped MU remain unbeaten in all 18 sets it has played at home against league foes in 2013.
Freshman outside hitter Autumn Bailey and senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein were each named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll for their performances in both matches last weekend. Bailey led the Golden Eagles with 4.67 kills per set in six frames while hitting .349 and Koberstein upped her league-leading assist average to 11.99 per set with 82 assists (13.67 per set). Koberstein is currently fourth in the nation in assists per set and has MU hitting at a .285 clip, also the ninth-best mark in the country.
The Golden Eagles have won eight straight matches since an Oct. 13 loss at Creighton and sit two matches up on the Bluejays (9-3) and Xavier (9-3) for the BIG EAST lead.
Friday's match at Seton Hall will feature a live video stream, courtesy of SHUPirates.com, while Sunday's contest against the Red Storm can be viewed on ESPN3.com. Live statistics through GameTracker will be available for both matches.
For additional coverage, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
SETON HALL [13-14 (4-8 BIG EAST) | RPI: 98 | SHUPirates.com | @SHUVolley]: Seton Hall split its two matches last weekend against Marquette and DePaul, falling in a sweep at the hands of the Golden Eagles on Friday, Nov. 8 and topping the Blue Demons in five sets on Sunday afternoon. Seton Hall is led by preseason all-conference selection Shelbey Manthorpe's 8.60 assists per set, while twin sister Stacey leads SHU with 2.55 kills per frame. The Golden Eagles have won their last two matches at Walsh Gymnasium, 3-2, and outside the last two meetings against Seton Hall at the Al McGuire Center, every match in the last eight contests with the Pirates has gone five sets. Series history: MU leads 6-3.
ST. JOHN'S [15-13 (4-8 BIG EAST) | RPI: 134 | RedStormSports.com | @StJohnsVB]: The Red Storm dropped both matches last weekend in five frames at DePaul on Friday and a 3-0 sweep at Marquette. Sophomore outside hitter Karin Palgutova, who recorded 16 kills in Sunday's match against Marquette, leads the BIG EAST with 4.45 kills and 5.01 points per set on the year. Junior Aleksandra Wachowicz sits fourth in the conference in the same categories with 3.65 kills and 4.21 points per frame. MU hasn't lost to the Red Storm since 2007 and is a perfect 5-0 against St. John's under Bond Shymansky. Series history: MU leads 6-3.
GOLDEN EAGLES CAN CLAIM SHARE OF BIG EAST TITLE THIS WEEKEND: With two victories this weekend over Seton Hall and St. John’s, Marquette can lock up at least a share of the BIG EAST Conference regular season championship for the first time in program history. MU, which has also competed in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, Great Midwest Conference and Conference USA, has never won a league title of any kind as a member of NCAA Division I.
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. She currently leads the Golden Eagles and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with 4.59 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. 11.
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:
• Marquette has clinched a spot in the BIG EAST tournament semifinals for the fourth year in a row. Butler, Xavier and tournament-host Creighton have also locked up a berth in the league championship, which will be held on Nov. 29-30 in Omaha, Neb. Marquette advanced to the title match last season before falling to then-No. 10 Louisville.
• With another win this year, Marquette will reach the 20-win plateau for the fourth-straight season under Shymansky and the fifth time in program history overall.
• The Golden Eagles are ranked 11th in the NCAA Division I RPI Rankings (Nov. 11). Marquette is one of two schools, Penn State is the other, to currently have men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball all ranked in the top 15 of the RPI.
• Senior defensive specialist Rachel Stier is ninth in MU history with 987 digs and can become the seventh Marquette player to reach 1,000. Classmate Julie Jeziorowski holds MU's all-time record with 2,040 digs.
• Elizabeth Koberstein is fifth in Marquette history in assists with 2,474 in just under two years with the program.
• Marquette was picked second in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for the second-straight season and senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein was named preseason co-player of the year.
• 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.
• 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: Marquette returns home to face Xavier and Butler in the final weekend of the regular season. The Golden Eagles will host Xavier on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and welcome Butler on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the same time. MU toppled both programs on the road, 3-1, in the first weekend of November.