With the Big East Volleyball Championship starting today at the Al McGuire Center, the Big East Volleyball yearly awards were handed out last night at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. The highlight for Marquette was seeing setter Chelsea Heier named Freshman of the Year and head coach Bond Shymansky named Coach of the Year.
Heier led the Big East in assists with 11.81 per set, which was 7th best in the country. The California native was named Big East Freshman of the Week on five different occasions and peaked with 57 assists against both #9 Minnesota and Syracuse. You can see a BigEast.tv interview (by Marquette Radio's Michael Wottreng!) with Chelsea Heier here.
In just his third season as Marquette volleyball coach, Bond Shymansky led Marquette to a 22-8 record, including 12 Big East wins, the most the Golden Eagles have racked up since joining the conference. Marquette has won 45 matches since the start of last season, the most in any two year period in program history. A BigEast.tv interview with Coach Shymansky (there's that Wottreng kid again!) can be found here.
In addition to those two major awards, Marquette was also featured on the All-Big East Team. Ciara Jones and Danielle Carlson were named to the First Team, while Ashley Beyer was joined by Heier on the Second Team.
Marquette puts the night of honors behind them tonight to focus on winning the Big East Championship. They will get their road started as the 3 seed with a 6pm match at the Al McGuire Center against 6 seed Seton Hall. Marquette defeated Seton Hall back on October 21, but dropped the first two sets in that match through some disastrous hitting. They turned things around and won 3-2, but dipping into an 0-2 hole in a one-and-done setting like this tournament will probably not work again. One thing to keep an eye on tonight is Seton Hall coach Kris Zeiter. Zeiter was ejected during the 5th set of the Marquette-Seton Hall match, which provided Marquette with an extra point in that deciding set. If you can't make it down to the Al McGuire Center, you can find all of the quarterfinal and semifinals matches streamed on BigEast.tv.
You can find ticket information for the whole Big East Championship here.
After the jump: The full day's schedule at the Al McGuire Center and the rundown of the rest of the Big East yearly honorees!
10AM - #4 Syracuse vs #5 Notre Dame
12:30PM - #1 Louisville vs #8 Pittsburgh
3:30PM - #2 Cincinnati vs #7 Villanova
6PM - #3 Marquette vs #6 Seton Hall