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Danie does it again

October 3, 2011

Junior Danielle Carlson continues racking up the awards for her phenomenal season thus far. She was named to the Big East Honor Roll for the second straight week.

It may be a bit early to be throwing up such comparisons, but I would say Carlson has had as good a season as Gonyo had last year — one in which she was an All-American. It took until Nov. 15 for Gonyo to get her second Honor Roll selection. And while Gonyo had a higher hitting percentage for the season, she didn’t have as many kills as Carlson has.

All of this is just a roundabout way of saying, Carlson has had one hell of a season.


Carlson hit .508 in three contests, while recording just three errors and helping Marquette to its first 3-0 start to BIG EAST play in program history.  She led MU with 13 kills against both Sacred Heart and St. John’s, while hitting .545 and .571, respectively, in those matches.

The Marshfield, Wis., native leads the BIG EAST and is 10th in NCAA Division I with a hitting percentage of .412 (189 kills, 32 errors, 381 total attacks). Carlson is hitting .531 through three conference matches.

The Golden Eagles downed reigning Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart, 3-1, on Thursday evening to end the Pioneers’ 22-match home winning streak and picked up 3-1 and 3-0 victories at league foes Connecticut and St. John’s, respectively.



MU quiets Red Storm

October 2, 2011

Ask and you shall receive. I said Marquette needed to stop playing unneeded sets in their victories so what do they do? Sweep St. John’s.

Phenomenal weekend for Marquette going 3-0 on their East Coast swing and going 3-0 in the Big East for the first time in school history. We should be seeing some recognition for a few Marquette players come Monday. I foresee a Freshman of the Week for Heier and an Honor Roll for either Carlson or Beyer.

As a team, the Golden Eagles are rolling winning 10 of their past 11 with two winnable games coming up next weekend. Watch out Big East, this team means business.

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QUEENS, N.Y. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team improved to 3-0 in BIG EAST Conference play for the first time in program history with a 3-0 sweep of St. John’s (25-17, 25-19, 25-23) Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.

The Golden Eagles improve to 13-4 overall and were paced by 13 kills from junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson and 12 from senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer. Beyer improves her career total to 994 kills in her third season at Marquette and is on pace to top 1,000 in Friday match with Georgetown at the Al McGuire Center.

The Red Storm (9-12, 0-4 BIG EAST) was led by 12 kills from senior outside hitter Darlene Ramdin.

Marquette received five kills from Beyer in the opening frame as MU hit .435 as a team to take the first 25-17. The Golden Eagles used a 4-0 run to take a 21-14 lead and held off the Red Storm for a 1-0 advantage to open the match.

St. John’s hit just .042 in the first frame and was paced by a pair of kills from both Ramdin and senior right-side hitter Brunna Kronbauer.

The Golden Eagles took their largest lead of the second set at 20-13 on a service ace by Heier. That point followed a furious rally in which Beyer’s play at the net and a diving dig by sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski gave MU a 19-13 advantage an attack error by St. John’s sophomore middle hitter Kerri Johnson.

Carlson and senior outside hitter Ciara Jones each had five kills for MU in the second frame, while Ramdin led the Red Storm with five kills herself.

The third set was much closer as both teams struggled to gain much of an advantage. The Red Storm was able to tie the frame at 23-23 after trailing by as many as five points before Beyer closed out the set and the match with consecutive kills.

Beyer topped former teammate Rabbecka Gonyo (977 kills) and moved into 10th place in Marquette history with her 15th kill against Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles return to action Friday, Oct. 7 against Georgetown at the Al McGuire Center at 7 p.m., before playing host to Villanova on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast live on multimedia platform, MUTube, with MUTV on the call.

Beyer, Jones help top Huskies

October 1, 2011

Another big win by the Golden Eagles to remain perfect in the Big East this year. The next step in the process will be laying down the hammer all three sets and not playing unneeded sets. Can’t complain with this victory though. St. John’s up tomorrow.


STORRS, Conn. – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team rallied from a first set loss to down the University of Connecticut 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13) Saturday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.

The Golden Eagles improve to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST Conference with the victory and were led by 19 kills apiece from senior outside hitters Ashley Beyer and Ciara Jones. Sophomore libero Julie Jeziorowski dug 20 UConn attacks, while freshman setterChelsea Heier notched 45 assists for Marquette.

The Huskies (8-8, 0-3 BIG EAST) were led by 12 kills from senior outside hitter Jordan Kirk.

After a furious start to open the first set with a 10-5 lead by notching nine of their first 10 points on kills, the Golden Eagles went cold and allowed the Huskies to wrest control of the opening set by taking their first lead 15-14.

Marquette was able to tie the first set at 23 on a kill from Jones after trailing 23-20, but UConn retook the lead, 24-23, on a dump by UConn setter Angela Roidt. A Jones attack was blocked on the outside to give UConn the opening frame 25-23.

The Golden Eagles again jumped out to an early lead in the second set after two Mrotek kills and a pair of service aces from Heier gave Marquette a 5-0 lead. Marquette would hold on for the 25-20 victory in the second set, while hitting .323 as a team.

Beyer landed seven kills out of the intermission to help MU claim a 25-16 third set victory as MU hit .419 with 15 kills and just two errors.

The Golden Eagles used a 15-2 run in the middle of the fourth and final set to build a 19-6 lead before holding on for a 25-13 win. Jones landed six kills in the final frame, while Beyer had five.

Marquette’s last win at Gampel Pavilion was a 3-1 victory on Oct. 23, 2005 in MU’s inaugural year in the BIG EAST.

The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday at 1 p.m. Central time against St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. Live stats and streaming video can be accessed on, courtesy or

Marquette takes care of business against Sacred Heart

September 30, 2011

Image via Marquette Tribune

The Golden Eagles took down Sacred Heart last night in a four set victory that snapped Sacred Heart’s 22 match home win streak.

I watched the first set through the Pioneer’s live stream and here are a few of my thoughts of the limited action I saw after the jump. Read more…

Big weekend in tow

September 29, 2011

Photo via the Marquette Tribune

Marquette will travel out east, starting with a game against Sacred Heart tonight. This weekend will be a measuring stick of how much the Golden Eagles have grown since the last time they played on the road, 8 games ago.

For those of you wanting to watch tonight’s match live, Sacred Heart is streaming it for free for all to see.

Previews from the Trib and GoMarquette after the jump. Read more…

Danielle Carlson named to Big East Honor Roll

September 28, 2011

Photo by Andrei Greska

A big congrats to Danie for a much deserved nod with the Big East Honor Roll selection. Many more to come from this dynamic player who has thus far shattered any expectations placed on her.

MILWAUKEE – Junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson was named to the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Volleyball Weekly Honor Roll after hitting .600 with 15 kills and zero errors in Marquette’s 3-1 victory over USF Sunday afternoon.

The Marshfield, Wis., native leads the BIG EAST and ranks 21st in NCAA Division I with a .394 hitting percentage , while also helping the Golden Eagles rank second in the conference with an efficiency of .253.

Carlson is first in Marquette history with a career hitting percentage of .324 after passing 2010 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Rabbecka Gonyo earlier this season with the required 1,000 total attempts.

It is the first BIG EAST weekly honor of Carlson’s career.

Marquette “Bull”ies South Florida

September 25, 2011

One year ago, almost exactly to the day, Marquette traveled to South Florida to take on the Bulls and open Big East play. It would be a game to forget as the Golden Eagles failed to win a set falling 3-0 and starting the conference schedule off on the wrong foot while dropping to 7-6 on the season.

Fast forward 366 days and my, how things have changed. Marquette took care of business this time, taking out South Florida in four sets to win its Big East lidlifter. And while Marquette didn’t sweep the match, it thoroughly dominated play, only losing one set due to a lack of concentration.

Although its record didn’t strike fear into anyone, USF (5-9, 1-1 Big East) was a very pesky team with tremendous team defense and just enough offense to cause problems. Nevertheless, Marquette overcame some concentration lapses early on and put together a complete game.

Ashley Beyer led the way with her fourth double-double of the season, posting 16 kills and 18 digs as well as three blocks and a nice .256 hitting percentage. A few of Beyer’s kills came off beautiful reads, either softly rolling it over the blockers or smartly tipping into open areas of the court. Once again though, those four service aces have to be cut down.

Danielle Carlson was even more impressive. The junior hit a whopping .600, getting 15 kills in only 26 attempts. These are ridiculous numbers. I’ve never witnessed someone tallying more than ten kills with such a high percentage. The craziest part about it was that it is done so subtly. Without seeing the stats I would have told you she had a good game, not that this game was one of the best in her career. She has been a rock in the middle this season and has been a big reason for Marquette’s success.

Chelsea Heier continues doing her thing, posting 50+ kills consistently and playing smart volleyball. She even pulled up a few miraculous digs to keep rallies going, adding yet another dimension to her game. Her sets to the middle and right side hitter have a tremendous kill percentage, so I would like to see her continue to incorporate those more and more so as to keep opponents honest at the net. She can’t do so without better passes so I know that’s not on her.

Ciara Jones has reached a level where getting 11 kills is a down game. She didn’t have the same power she normally has, partially due to an injury she suffered in the opening set and partially because the USF blockers were long and getting hands on a lot of her hits.

Overall a good game from Marquette and very well coached, with clutch timeouts shifting momentum in the second and third sets.

One final note, I never ever talk about opposing players, especially negatively, but USF’s libero was so obnoxious that I feel that I have to. She celbrated almost every point in her team’s favor by doing a little airplane motion on her own, away from her team and screaming as if her team had just won the National Championship. Trust me, if you had been there you would know exactly what I mean. Thumbs down #1, thumbs down.