Marquette Volleyball Cracks AVCA Top 25 for First Time
Nov. 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Monday afternoon that the Marquette University women's volleyball team entered its top-25 poll for the first time in program history at No. 24 with 129 points.
The Golden Eagles (23-5, 15-1 BIG EAST) jumped into the poll following wins over Xavier and Butler to close out the regular season as outright BIG EAST Conference regular season champions. Marquette was receiving 69 points a week ago.
Outside hitter Autumn Bailey earned her sixth BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor on Monday afternoon. Bailey notched 43 kills in the two victories, including 26 in Friday's win over Xavier as MU locked up sole possession of the league's regular season crown. The Burlington, Ontario native hit .408 in the win and 26 kills is her second-highest total this season. She also added 17 kills, 13 digs and four service aces in Saturday's win over Butler.
Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the sixth time this season as well. Koberstein paced MU's offense to a combined hitting percentage of .306 in the two wins and notched 60 assists in each match, an average of 15.00 per set.
The Golden Eagles moved up to 10th in the NCAA's weekly RPI rankings, ahead of possible conference tournament foes Creighton (16), Butler (41) and Xavier (53).
No. 24 Marquette has earned the No. 1 seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship and will face fourth-seeded Butler in the semifinals at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.
2013 BIG EAST Conference Women's Volleyball Championship
Friday, Nov. 29
Saturday, Nov. 30