Marquette Preps For BIG EAST Title Run
Nov. 16, 2011
BIG EAST Championship Match - Sunday, Nov. 20, 3 p.m.
MILWAUKEE - After finishing the conference season with a program-best 12-2 mark, the Marquette University women's volleyball team has earned the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Championship and will host No. 6 Seton Hall in the quarterfinals at the Al McGuire Center on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.
The eight-team tournament will get underway on Friday, Nov. 18 with the first quarterfinal match beginning at 10 a.m. and run through Sunday, Nov. 20, culminating with the league championship match at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.
Live stats and streaming video coverage will be available for each match on BIGEAST.org.
Marquette (22-8, 12-2 BIG EAST) tied for second in the league standings with Cincinnati but lost the tiebreaker to the Bearcats as UC topped the Golden Eagles, 3-1, on Saturday Nov. 5 in Cincinnati.
During the season, Marquette topped Seton Hall, 3-2, after rallying from a 2-0 deficit led by senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer's 16 kills and 11 digs, along with classmate Ciara Jones' 14-kill performance.
Should Marquette win its quarterfinal contest, it would face the winner of Friday's 3:30 p.m. matchup of No. 2 Cincinnati and No. 7 Villanova.
MU is 11-1 at home this season and 31-7 at the Al McGuire Center since head coach Bond Shymansky took over in 2009. The Golden Eagles' lone defeat of the 2011 campaign was a five-set match against No. 9 Minnesota on Sept. 18.
Marquette is 2-3 all-time in the BIG EAST tournament since joining the league in 2005. The Golden Eagles have earned both wins over Pittsburgh in the confernence quarterfinals and all three losses have come at the hands of Louisville. MU fell to U of L in the semifinals in both 2010 (3-1) and 2006 (3-2) and lost to the Cardinals in the quarterfinals in 2005 (3-1).
All-session tickets are available for $20, while discounted all-session passes for $10 are available for those 18-and-under and 65-and-older.
Adult tickets for Friday's action can be purchased for $10 with $5 tickets for youth and seniors. Prices for Saturday and Sunday's action are $7 and $4, respectively.
All students at BIG EAST member institutions are free to attend with their student identification, as are children under two years of age.
Tickets can be purchased at the Marquette Ticket Office (770 N. 12th Street) or by calling (414) 288-4668.
Semifinals, Saturday, Nov. 19
Championship, Sunday, Nov. 20
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