Nov. 25, 2009
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's volleyball team will host Central Michigan for its final match Friday at 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles (17-12, 6-8 BIG EAST) are looking for their third straight victory to cap a positive first campaign for head coach Bond Shymansky in Milwaukee.
Central Michigan (17-12/8-8 MAC) advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time since 1996 before ultimately falling to No. 1 seed Ohio, 3-1. The Chippewas are led by junior outside hitter Lauren Krupsky who has recorded 401 kills for an average of 3.75 per set. Krupsky was named first team All-MAC and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Schultz was named to the second team. Schultz leads the squad with a .341 hitting percentage.
Last Meeting: MU def. CMU 3-2 (Aug. 31, 2002)
Series Record:Tied 2-2
Stats: GameTracker, Audio:Marquette Radio (WMUR)
Ashley Beyer & Nikki Klingsporn, All-BIG EAST Second Team Members
Junior setter Nikki Klingsporn and sophomore outside hitter Ashley Beyer were each named to the All-BIG EAST SecondTeam, announced Nov. 19 at the BIG EAST Conference's annual awards banquet.
Beyer finished the BIG EAST season second in the conference in kills with 206 for an average of 4.04 per set. Over the entire season she led MU with 373 total kills, while also ranking third on the team with 2.17 digs per set.
Klingsporn assumed the setter duties for the Golden Eagles immediately upon her arrival and never looked back, recording nine double-doubles in 2009 while ranking eighth on the single season list in school history with 1,203 assists (10.94/set).
Golden Eagles Nearing Statistical Milestones
With the statistical output shown by this year's squad, many Golden Eagles are climbing their way up the season and career-leader lists at Marquette.
Junior middle hitter Rabbecka Gonyo's efficient hitting and blocking are helping her climb up both the career and season charts. Gonyo is currently having the second-best season, froma hitting percentage (.331, 243-72-517) standpoint in school history. Gonyo has also moved her way up the career list in hitting percentage (.253, 642-247-1,561) to sit fourth, and is fifth in school history in assisted blocks (267).
Senior Hailey Viola sits ninth in school history with 945 digs.
Junior Nikki Klingsporn is currently No. 8 on the single season list with 1,203 assists.