Last night, Marquette took on UW-Green Bay in women's volleyball. UWGB took the early advantage, winning the first set 25-21. Marquette took the next two sets 25-13 and 25-20. Unfortunately for them, UWGB was not able to live up to their nickname and failed to rise like a phoenix and fell to Marquette 3-1 with a final set of 25-15. Ashley Beyer followed up being named Big East Player of the Week with another double-double coming on 10 kills and 11 digs. Danielle Carlson and Courtney Mrotek led the way with 12 kills each. Mrotek in particular was on fire during the match while hitting .524 for the match, which ended up leading to Coach Bond Shymansky actually fanning her with his clipboard midway through the 4th set. Julie Jeziorowski added a career high 30 digs and setter Chelsea Heier continued at her ferocious pace, contributing 46 assists to keep pace with her Big East leading 12.15 assists per set. Heier's assist average is also good enough to have her ranked 6th in the country.
In news that passed us and WMUR by, the women's basketball team released their 2011-12 schedule at the tail end of August. Highlights of the schedule include:
- Home and season opener on November 12 vs. Mississippi Valley State
- Beckys in the Al McGuire Center on November 15
- The women's version of the Paradise Jam November 24-26
- Big East opener on December 7 in South Bend against Notre Dame
- Seton Hall for the home BE opener on January 7
- 3 home games (Villanova, Georgetown, South Florida) on CBS College Sports
- ESPN2 broadcasting a game at DePaul as part of the WBCA's Play4Kay series
- A regional broadcast via Big East Network of a contest against Syracuse
- The return of Geno Auriemma and UConn to the AMC on February 25. No joke, kids, mark your calendars and block out the time. The student section in the Al is 60 feet or less from Geno at all times. It's a Saturday afternoon while the men's team goes 10 days between home games. You have no excuse to not recreate the enviroment that led Auriemma to say "I don't think there will be any place tougher to play than here," following UConn's first trip to the Al in 2007.
Women's soccer had some news develop since Monday morning. Forward Maegan Kelly was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week and named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week. The sophomore picked up notice for her game winner over #14 UWM and the equalizer at Indiana. The Big East honor is the first of Kelly's career and this is the second consecutive week that TopDrawerSoccer.com has recognized her efforts. Defender Kerry McBride was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for the week as well.
Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert led the way for MU's cross country team to pick up a second win on the season, this time in the Badger Opener. Johnson & Bolgert had to settle for individual places of 2nd and 3rd respectively, but with Sophomore Spencer Agnew and junior Connor Callahan snaring fifth and sixth place and Patrick Maag grabbing the last spot in the top 10, the Golden Eagles were able to secure the victory over Wisconsin and Edgewood College.