Trojans Return to Midwest for Marquette Challenge|
Sep 5, 2013
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2013 Marquette Challenge - Hosted by Marquette
LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked USC women's volleyball team (3-0) returns to the Midwest for a trio of matches, this weekend. The Women of Troy will meet TCU (2-1) and Marquette (1-1) in the 2013 Marquette Challenge at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday (Sept. 6). The Trojans then face Northern Illinois (3-2) in a Saturday (Sept. 7) matinee in De Kalb, Ill.
SCOUTING TCU: The Horned Frogs (3-1) won a pair of matches at the Georgia Tournament to open the season but dropped a 3-0 decision to the host Bulldogs. TCU’s offensive balance is as broad as any team in the country with three players over 2.20 kps and four others at the 1.50 kps mark. Freshman OH Ashley Smith leads the Frogs with 2.70 kps while senior MB Yvonne Igodan is second with 2.30 kps. Freshman setter Trisha Langley (4.00 aps) and sophomore setter Alexis Heist (5.60 aps) share the setting duties and each serve as strong defensive options in the back row. Heist also leads the team with five service aces. Freshman MB Regan McGuire leads all Frogs with 15 blocks (1.67 bps). USC and TCU met for the first time in program history last year in the TCU Molten Classic in Fort Worth, Texas. The Trojans claimed a 3-0 win on a 19-kill performance by then-freshman Samantha Bricio.
SCOUTING MARQUETTE: The Golden Eagles (1-1) are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Bond Shymansky (93-40). Marquette defeated Bowling Green State in four sets but dropped a five-set match to 13th-ranked BYU in the Hampton Inn Invitational last weekend in Bowling Green, Ohio. Freshman OH Autumn Bailey leads the Eagles with 45 kills (5.00 kps) and 30 digs (3.33 dps) on the season while senior libero Julie Jeziorowski (3.22 dps) and senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein (12.22 aps) serve as co-captains. Among the talented youth for the Eagles, freshman MH Meghan Neimann leads the team with a .333 hitting percentage (1.89 kps) and freshman MH Jackie Kocken leads MU with 13 blocks (1.44 bps). This marks the first meeting in program history between the Trojans and the Eagles.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (3-2) have already played in three five-set matches on the young season. They opened with a 3-2 win over Green Bay but dropped a close decision to No. 23 Ohio State in the NIU Invitational. Following a tough four-set loss to Missouri State, the Huskies turned around to defeat Western Illinois in five sets. NIU is under the direction of 12th-year head coach Ray Gooden (208-153). Junior OH Mackenzie Roddy leads the Huskies in kills with 71 (3.23 kps) and individual points (84.0). Senior libero Justine Schepler has collected 81 digs (3.68 dps) and has four service aces, this season. Sophomore setter Alexis Gonzalez directs the Husky offense (8.86 aps) and is the team’s third-best defender with 45 digs (2.05 dps). The Trojans and the Huskies have met just one other time in history: a five-set USC victory on Oct. 9, 1986, in the National Invitational Tournament.