Volleyball Concludes Regular Season Saturday vs. NIU
Nov. 21, 2012
Marquette Volleyball (26-6, 13-2 BIG EAST)
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team hosts its final regular season match of the season against Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Al McGuire Center.
The Golden Eagles (26-6) are coming off a runner-up performance in the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship where they fell to then-No. 10 Louisville, 3-0, in the title contest. It was the first championship match appearance for Marquette since it joined the league in 2005.
Sunday's match will feature a live video stream on GoMarquette.com, as well as live statistics through GameTracker. For additional coverage, follow Marquette volleyball on Twitter (@MarquetteVB).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION:
GOLDEN EAGLES ARE BIG EAST RUNNER-UP: Marquette fell to Louisville in the finals of the BIG EAST Championship on Nov. 18 at the Al McGuire Center. Senior middle hitter Danielle Carlson and junior setter Elizabeth Koberstein earned all-tournament honors for their play over the weekend. Carlson and Koberstein, both All-BIG EAST First Team selections, helped the Golden Eagles advance to their first BIG EAST title contest with wins over Pittsburgh and USF in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
CARLSON, KOBERSTEIN AND MERTENS NAMED ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM: Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens, along with junior Elizabeth Koberstein, of the Marquette University women's volleyball team were named to the 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team. Mertens was one of just three unanimous first team selections, along with conference player of the year Lola Arslankekova of Louisville and Cincinnati's Jordanne Scott. It is the first career postseason all-conference honor for Mertens and Koberstein, while Carlson also earned first team recognition in 2011.
QUICK HITS/RECENT PROGRAM HISTORY:
Marquette's 26 victories sets a program record in NCAA Division I play, dating back to the 1986 campaign. Its 13 BIG EAST wins sets a new program standard.
Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens and junior Elizabeth Koberstein were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Mertens was one of three unanimous first team selections along with conference player of the year Lola Arslanbekova of Louisville and Cincinnati's Jordanne Scott.
Carlson is the 12th player in MU history with 1,000 kills in her career. Carlson landed her 1,000th kill on match-point as MU defeated Notre Dame (Nov. 11) on Senior Day.
The Golden Eagles' BIG EAST record has improved each year under Shymansky (2009: 6-8; 2010: 11-3; 2011: 12-2; 2012: 13-2), as has their overall win total (18, 23, 24, 26).
The Golden Eagles are 16-5 at home and 10-1 away from the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette is receiving 26 points in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 19). It sits five spots outside the top 25.
The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 32 in the NCAA Division I Ratings Percentage Index rankings, released on Nov. 19. It is their highest rank of the campaign.
Junior Julie Jeziorowski is the Marquette career record holder with 1,604 digs. Jeziorowski passed former AVCA All-American Jamie Mueller (1,567) in Saturday's match against USF. Her 2011 (638) and 2012 (558) totals are the two highest single-season marks in program history.
The Golden Eagles advanced to their first-ever BIG EAST Championship match where they fell to then-No. 10 Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The championship match appearance was only the second in program history for MU. The Golden Eagles also advanced to the Conference USA final in 2004 where they were swept by Louisville (2004 was also the last season for both the Cardinals and Golden Eagles in C-USA).
MU is 5-5 all-time in the BIG EAST tournament, including three quarterfinal victories over Pitt (2006, 2010, 2012).
MU raised over $5,300 for the Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink initiative during October, the most it has ever raised.
Six Marquette players have earned AVCA All-America honors over the last two years. MU's setter has earned the honor in 2010 (Nikki Klingsporn) and 2011 (Chelsea Heier). Carlson could become MU's first two-time AVCA All-American.
Shymansky earned BIG EAST Conference and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2011, his second such awards after earning ACC and AVCA East Region honors in 2004.
MU has won its last 34 BIG EAST regular season matches against opponents not named Cincinnati or Louisville (just 2-5 against the Bearcats and Cardinals over that stretch). The 34-match streak dates back to the opening weekend of 2010 when MU was without All-American outside hitter Ashley Beyer due to a shoulder injury.
The Golden Eagles announced Friday the signing of outside hitter Autumn Bailey (Burlington, Ontario/Assumption Secondary School) and middle hitters Teal Schnurr (Westminster, Colo./Standley Lake H.S.) and Rachel Vidourek (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda H.S.) to National Letters of Intent. All three will have four years of eligibility remaining when they step foot on campus in the summer of 2013. Carlson, Henney, Mattai and Mertens will all have exhausted their eligibility after this season.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles turn their attention to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m., as the 64-team bracket is unveiled live on ESPNU.