Marquette Trio Named AVCA All-Americans
Dec. 12, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens, along with junior Elizabeth Koberstein, of the Marquette University women’s volleyball team were named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-Americans Wednesday morning.
With the honor, Carlson becomes the first two-time AVCA All-American in Marquette history, while Mertens and Koberstein earn the first All-America recognition of their respective careers.
All three moved on to the All-America ballot after being named AVCA All-Northeast Region on Dec. 4.
It is the third-straight year that three Marquette players have earned AVCA All-America honors. Ashley Beyer, Rabbecka Gonyo and Nikki Klingsporn earned the distinction in 2010, while Carlson, Ciara Jones and Chelsea Heier were honored last season.
Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky has had 17 student-athletes earn All-American distinction a total of 23 times in his 11-year head coaching career.
Carlson was one of Marquette's most consistent offensive threats throughout her career, and boasted a .398 (370-46-814) hitting percentage this season at middle hitter. The Marshfield, Wis., native ended her career first in hitting percentage (.358) on MU's all-time list and became the 12th player in program history to join the 1,000-kill club. She concluded her tenure sixth in Marquette history with 1,060 kills.
Mertens, who owned a team-best 3.35 kills per set average, accelerated her play in the second half of the season, posting a 3.93 kills per set and a league-best .414 (228-59-411) hitting percentage against BIG EAST opponents. The right-side hitter was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week (Oct. 1 and Nov. 5) on two occasions this season and ends her career third in program history with an attack percentage of .289 (669-240-1,484).
Koberstein quickly established herself as one of the premier setters in the nation during her first season with the Golden Eagles, ending the campaign with the fourth-best single season assist total in MU history (1,455). The Madison, Wis., native led the BIG EAST and currently ranks 10th nationally with an 11.64 assist per set average.
Koberstein's play at setter led Marquette to a conference-best team hitting percentage of .277, including a mark of .292 in BIG EAST play. She is the third Marquette setter in the last three seasons to earn AVCA All-Northeast Region honors, following in the footsteps of Klingsporn (2010) and Heier (2011) in Shymansky’s offense.
The trio led Marquette to a 27-7 overall mark this season, which included a program-record 13 BIG EAST Conference victories. The Golden Eagles earned runner-up honors at the BIG EAST tournament and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second time in as many years.