Selection Show Reactions: Marquette | Creighton
Dec. 3, 2013
The Marquette and Creighton volleyball teams that met in last weekend's BIG EAST tournament final have received bids to the 2013 NCAA Championship. Marquette, the BIG EAST regular-season and postseason champion, will meet Louisville in a first-round match on Friday, Dec. 6, in Champaign, Ill. Creighton, which finished in a tie for second place in the regular season in BIG EAST play and was the postseason runner-up, will play Arkansas in Lawrence, Kan., also on Friday.
The NCAA Volleyball Championship is a 64-team event. The first and second rounds are held at 16 campus sites.
Marquette (25-5, 15-1 BIG EAST), ranked 24th nationally, is making its third straight NCAA appearance. The Golden Eagles, led by head coach Bond Shymansky, are on a 14-match winning streak and have won 20 of their last 21 contests. The team ranks in the top 10 nationally in kills per set (14.97), hitting percentage (.286) and assists (14.08). Individually, Marquette is anchored by senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein, the BIG EAST Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player at the BIG EAST Championship. Autumn Bailey, a freshman outside hitter, was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. She leads the team with 4.22 kills per set.
Creighton (22-8, 12-4 BIG EAST) is making its third NCAA trip in the last four years. The Bluejays are led by BIG EAST All-First Team performers Kelli Browning, a junior middle blocker, and Leah McNary, a junior outside hitter. Browning also was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. Head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth, a two-time national Coach of the Year, is in her 11th season with the CU program. Coincidentally, Creighton and Marquette met last year in NCAA first-round play before the Bluejays officially became a BIG EAST member. Creighton won the match 3-0.
The NCAA volleyball national semifinals and final will be held at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. on Dec. 19 and 21.