Shymansky and Heier Earn Major BIG EAST Awards

Chelsea Heier leads the BIG EAST with 11.81 assists per set.

Nov. 17, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette University head women's volleyball coach Bond Shymansky was named the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, while freshman setter Chelsea Heier was honored with the league's freshman of the year award, the BIG EAST announced Thursday evening at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. 

Senior outside hitter Ciara Jones and junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Heier and senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer earned second team honors.

Shymansky has led the Golden Eagles to unprecedented success in his three-year tenure as head coach. Marquette won a program-record 12 matches in the BIG EAST this season and is 22-8 overall. MU's 45 victories over the past two seasons are the most over any two year stretch since Marquette joined NCAA Division I in 1985.

Heier's sensational freshman season has earned her BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors five times. The San Clemente, Calif., native leads the league with an average of 11.81 assists per set and recorded a career-best 57 assists against both No. 9 Minnesota on Sept. 18 and at Syracuse on Oct. 15.

Leading the Golden Eagles with 3.62 kills per set, Jones' intensity and leadership skills helped the acclimation of Heier into one of the top setters in the BIG EAST. Jones was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice during the season and was named all-tournament at the Bluejay Invitational and Marquette Challenge. 

Carlson, a team captain along with Jones, leads the BIG EAST and ranks 14th in the nation with a hitting percentage of .393. The native of Marshfield, Wis., is a three-time weekly honor roll selection who was named all-tournament at the Hawkeye Challenge, the Bluejay Invitational and the Marquette/Milwaukee Invitational.

Beyer, a 2010 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and All-BIG EAST First Team selection, earns second team recognition for the second time in her career. The Bloomington, Ill., native ranks second on the Golden Eagles with 3.28 kills per set and leads the squad with 40 service aces.

Shymansky also earned conference coach of the year honors in 2004 at Georgia Tech.

Marquette earned the No. 3 seed in the conference and will face No. 6 Seton Hall on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the BIG EAST Conference Quarterfinals at the Al McGuire Center.


BIG EAST Player of the Year
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Jr., OH 

BIG EAST Libero of the Year
Kim Maroon, Villanova, Sr.

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Chelsea Heier, Marquette, S 

BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Bond Shymansky, Marquette 


First Team
Missy Harpenau, Cincinnati, Sr., OH
Jordanne Scott, Cincinnati, Jr., MB *
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Jr., OH *
Taylor Brauneis, Louisville, So., S
Emily Juhl, Louisville, So., OH
Danielle Carlson, Marquette, Jr., MH
Ciara Jones, Marquette, Sr., OH
Kiesha Leggs, Pittsburgh, Sr., MB
Meghan Matusiak, Seton Hall, Sr., OH
Sam Hinz, Syracuse, Jr., MB
Kim Maroon, Villanova, Sr., L
Maggie Mergen, Villanova, Sr., MB 

Second Team
Caylin Mahoney, Cincinnati, Fr., S
Jordan Kirk, Connecticut, Sr., OH
Ashley Beyer, Marquette, Sr., OH
Chelsea Heier, Marquette, Fr., S
Kristen Dealy, Notre Dame, Sr., OH
Jeni Houser, Notre Dame, Fr.
Darlene Ramdin, St. John's, Sr., OH
Shelbey Manthorpe, Seton Hall, Fr., S
Valerie El Houssine, USF, Fr., OH
Noemie Lefebvre, Syracuse, Sr., OH
Lindsay McCabe, Syracuse, So., MB
Morgan Petkovich, Villanova, Jr., OH

* unanimous selection




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