Koberstein, Bailey and MU Coaches Win BIG EAST Awards
Nov. 27, 2013
NEW YORK - The Marquette University women's volleyball team was honored for its BIG EAST Conference regular season title as a handful of individuals earned top post-season accolades led by BIG EAST Player of the Year Elizabeth Koberstein, the league announced Wednesday.
Koberstein became the first player in program history to earn BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, while outside hitter Autumn Bailey was named freshman of the year. Head coach Bond Shymansky and his staff were selected as BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, marking the second time and first since 2011 that Marquette has garnered the award.
Redshirt freshman middle hitter Meghan Niemann was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team along with Bailey and Koberstein while junior right-side hitter Lindsey Gosh and senior libero Julie Jeziorowski earned the first postseason accolades of their careers with second team honors. It is the first time in MU history that five players have earned postseason all-conference accolades.
No. 24 Marquette claimed its first-ever regular season title with a program-best 15-1 record in BIG EAST play and earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which will be held Nov. 29-30 in Omaha, Neb.
Koberstein led the Golden Eagles to league-best marks in hitting percentage, assists and kills, while ranking third individually in the nation in assists per set with 12.22 per frame. She posted 10 matches with at least 50 assists on the season to go along with nine double-doubles and averaged 12.79 assists per set in conference action. The Madison, Wis., was chosen as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year and was also named first team all-conference in 2012.
Bailey becomes the second MU player to earn freshman of the year distinction following 2011 conference and AVCA region honoree Chelsea Heier. Bailey led the BIG EAST in both kills (4.61/set) and points (5.35) per set during league matches and sits 26th and 22th, respectively in both categories in overall matches. She is first among all freshmen in NCAA Division I with 4.89 points per set and reached 20 kills in six contests, with a season-high of 29 kills coming in her first BIG EAST match against DePaul, the highest total for an MU player since 2007.
Shymansky, honored as BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2011, his assistant coaches Jason Allen and Jackie Simpson and volunteer assistant Evan Muys led Marquette to its first conference championship of any kind as a member of NCAA Division I. Shymansky is in his fifth year with the Golden Eagles, while Allen, Simpson and Muys are all in their first seasons at MU.
Niemann hit a team-best .340 on the season and .368 in league play while averaging 2.64 kills and 0.78 blocks per set. Gosh, a preseason all-conference selection, led the league and ranked seventh in NCAA Division I with 0.53 aces per set. The Oconomowoc, Wis., native was also second on MU with 2.75 kills per set and upped her hitting percentage over 110 points to .310 on the year.
Jeziorowski, a senior team captain and Marquette's all-time digs leader, averaged 4.66 digs per set in 2013 to lead a very experienced back row. She has been a part of 97 victories in her career, including 51 wins in conference play.
MU is ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the first time in program history at No. 24 and is 10th in RPI as of Nov. 25.
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 Volleyball Awards
BIG EAST Player of the Year
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
BIG EAST Libero of the Year
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team
Belle Obert, OH, Butler
Erica Stahl, MB, Butler
Kelli Browning, MB, Creighton
Leah McNary, OH, Creighton
Autumn Bailey, OH, Marquette
Elizabeth Koberstein, S, Marquette
Meghan Niemann, MH, Marquette
Karin Palgutova, OH, St. John's
Alyssa Warren, L, Seton Hall
Abbey Bessler, OH, Xavier
Alex Smith, MB, Xavier
Aubree Smith, S, Xavier
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Morgan Peterson, S, Butler
Michelle Sicner, S, Creighton
Abbie Fleener, RS, DePaul
Danielle White, MB, Georgetown
Lindsey Gosh, RS, Marquette
Julie Jeziorowski, L, Marquette
Aleksandra Wachowicz, OH, St. John's
Shelbey Manthorpe, S, Seton Hall
Stacey Manthorpe, OH, Seton Hall
Mariah Henley, L, Villanova
Gabby Pethokoukis, MB, Villanova
Alex Blair, MB, Xavier