Week 9 Volleyball Release (pdf)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Marquette junior Ashley Beyer became the first Golden Eagle player to be named BIG EAST volleyball Player of the Week since Kimberley Todd on Oct. 8, 2007, as she claimed her first career Player of the Week award as announced by the conference office Monday. Villanova’s Alyssa Anderson was named BIG EAST volleyball Freshman of the Week for the third time this season.
Beyer earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after leading the Golden Eagles to road victories over DePaul on Oct. 23 and Notre Dame on Oct. 24. The junior had double-doubles in both matches, notching 16 kills and 13 digs against DePaul and 21 kills and 14 digs against Notre Dame. The win over Notre Dame was just the fifth time a BIG EAST team has knocked off the Irish at home since 1995. Beyer ranked fourth in the conference last week with 4.11 kills per set to go along with 3.00 digs per set. She has eight double-doubles on the year and helped Marquette to its eighth straight win and sixth straight road victory.
Anderson earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors by leading all freshmen in assists last week, averaging 12.14 per set. The Hermosa Beach, Calif., native helped the Wildcats to wins over Pittsburgh on Oct. 22 and West Virginia on Oct. 24, recording double-doubles in both matches. Anderson had 47 assists and 10 digs against Pittsburgh, following that with 38 assists and 13 digs against West Virginia. She finished the week with 85 total assists and 3.29 digs per set.
Connecticut senior Rebecca Murray has recorded at least one ace in each of the last 16 matches. BIG EAST teams are on pace for their best collective nonconference record since 2005, entering the week 125-91 (.579) versus nonconference foes. Syracuse is a perfect 18-0 in nonconference matches this season. Cincinnati is ranked No. 21 in the latest AVCA Coaches’ Poll, making it six straight weeks that the Bearcats have made an appearance in the poll. It is the longest streak for a BIG EAST team since St. John’s made 10 straight appearances in the poll in 2007.
Weekly Honor Roll:
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, So., OH
Hit .309 with 52 kills in three wins. Averaged 4.33 kills and 1.25 digs per set, including 22 kills against Georgetown.
Meghan Matusiak, Seton Hall, Jr. OPP
Posted double-doubles in a pair of wins. Had 19 kills, 11 digs against Connecticut and 16 kills, 11 digs against St. John’s.
Maggie Mergen, Villanova, Jr., MB
Led the conference with a .511 hitting percentage in two matches. Averaged 3.71 kills and 1.00 digs per set.
Rebecca Murray, Connecticut, Sr., MH/OH
Had two double-doubles, including a career-high 21 kills against Seton Hall. Averaged 4.25 kills and 3.25 digs per set.
Stephanie Niemer, Cincinnati, Sr., OH
Led the conference with 4.80 kills per set. Had 24 kills, 10 digs at Western Kentucky.