Aug. 29, 2012
Indiana Volleyball (3-0) hosts the Indiana Invitational this weekend, opening the 2012 home schedule at University Gymnasium. U-Gym will play host to Bowling Green, Cleveland State and Georgia Tech. Indiana takes the court against the CSU Vikings on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and Saturday sees the Hoosiers play BGSU at noon and Georgia Tech at 7 p.m.
Volleyball enthusiasts can catch a ton of volleyball action this weekend, as Bowling Green and Georgia Tech will play each other at 5 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday will see the CSU and Tech play at 10 a.m. before the Falcons and Vikings play at 5 p.m.
IUHoosiers.com will have free live audio of all matches, with the "Voice of IU Volleyball", Greg Murray, on the call.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Junior Jordan Haverly is coming off a redshirt season, which was brought about by an ACL tear in the Spring of 2011. Haverly was an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer in 2010, helping IU to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.
After a year on the bench, the Cherry Valley, Ill., native was anxious to hit the court with her team, and she didn't waste any time. Haverly earned Black Knight Invitational MVP honors after killing 38 balls and leading the Hoosiers to a 3-0 start to the season.
Haverly recorded double doubles in her first two matches of the season, tallying 15 kills and 15 digs against Stony Brook and 21 kills and 12 digs against Army. She played just one set in against Quinnipiac, but still managed enough votes from coaches at the tournament for MVP honors.
K-MARSCH: BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL
Senior Kelci Marschall was third on the IU team in kills in 2010, so naturally, it was expected that with the loss of Ashley Benson to graduation and Jordan Haverly to injury, Marschall might have some extra work in 2011.
Marschall got the message loud and clear, as she lead the Hoosiers in kills with 336 (3.10 per set). She had six double-doubles on the season.
In 2012, Marschall got off to a fast start, earning All-Black Knight Invitational honors with her 29 kills, five digs, three assists and six blocks. Marschall came up big at the end of the Stony Brook match, scoring two late kills to help win the match.
PERFECTION FOR THROWER
Junior middle blocker Samantha Thrower had big shoes to fill in 2011, trying to replace Ashley Benson, who did things no one in IU history had ever done. Well, against Buffalo, Thrower did something Benson nor any Big Ten player in history had done. She had 15 kills on 15 swings, breaking a Big Ten record and tying the national record for hitting percentage as well.
In 2012, Thrower will look to play at that dominant level on a more consistent basis. The team leader in blocks in 2011, the senior from Sycamore, Ill., leads the Hoosiers already this season with 11 blocks, including six solo blocks. She and Morgan Leach have the Hoosiers blocking 2.55 per set, which is second in the Big Ten this season.
Thrower had 23 kills at the Black Knight Invitational, hitting .275 in the tournament, and she added four servcie aces and seven digs on the weekend.
MORGAN IN THE MIDDLE
A breakout player for the Hoosiers in 2011, Morgan Leach picked up right where she left off in the first weekend of her sophomore campaign. Leach earned All-Black Knight Invitational honors with 30 kills and 10 blocks on the weekend.
The Champaign, Ill., native got those 30 kills while hitting .551 on the weekend. She averaged 2.73 kills per set and 0.91 blocks per set. With 10 blocks in 2012, she is just one shy of Samantha Thrower for the team lead. She and Sam Thrower have the Hoosiers blocking 2.55 per set, which is second in the Big Ten this season.
GALLAGHER DROPS THE HAMMER
There was no learning curve for Katie Gallagher, she was thrown right to the wolves, and she not only survived but thrived in her first weekend of collegiate play. The freshman setter earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after leading the conference in assists per set (12.91) on the weekend.
Gallagher, an AAU All-American in high school, dished out 142 assists in 11 sets at the Black Knight Invitational, leading the Hoosiers to a 3-0 record and amassing two double-doubles along the way. She also added a team-high 38 digs to go along with four blocks, a kill and a service ace.
NEW LOOK HOOSIERS
The Hoosiers welcome in a heralded class of five freshman this season. The group includes two hitters, a setter and two defensive specialists. Both defensive specialists are native Hoosiers, while the other three players are from just across the border in Illinois.
Amelia Anderson highlights the group as an outside hitter. The talented 6-1 player from Lake in the Hills, Ill., has a big serve and should play early and often in the IU lineup.
With Whitney Granado out for the start of the season with an illness, freshman setter Katie Gallagher will get a lot of early time running the Hoosier offense. A high school All-American out of Elmhurst, Ill., she should be up to the challenge.
Defensive specialists Courtney Harnish (Muncie, Ind.) and Kyndall Merritt (Georgetown, Ind.) come to IU from perennial winning programs. Both players should see time in Indiana's back row defense this season.
Mariah Coleman is a talented, athletic right-side hitter out of Longview, Ill. The 6-2 athlete didn't play much club volleyball, but with her athleticism, energy and skills is expected to develop well. Indiana's coaches expect to redshirt Coleman in 2012.
ALWAYS IN THE KNOW
Hoosier fans can follow their volleyball team like never before by logging on to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube all season long. Indiana can be followed on Twitter (twitter.com/IUVolleyball) and Facebook (facebook.com/IUVolleyball). In addition, a live audio or video broadcast of all matches can be found at IUHoosiers.com. Greg Murray is in his first season as the voice of IU Volleyball.
BRINGING HOME THE HARDWARE
Head Coach Sherry Dunbar has led her Hoosiers to at least one non-conference tournament title in each of her six seasons in Bloomington, and a total of nine tourney crowns.
2007: Valparaiso Popcorn Classic
2008: IU adidas Classic
2009: Flo Hyman Invitational (U. of Houston), Hampton Inn Invitational (Ohio University)
2010: Courtyard Marriott Georgia Tech Classic, IU adidas Classic, Niagara/Canisius Tournament
2011: IU Classic, Hoosier Classic
2012: Black Knight Invitational
Junior Jade Henderson gives you an inside look at the Indiana Volleyball program in her weekly Youtube blog, Just Jade. The weekly video blog is posted on Monday's and gives viewers a glimpse at the life of an Indiana student-athlete.
INSIDE IU VOLLEYBALL
Need more IU Volleyball in your life? Check out "Inside IU Volleyball with Sherry Dunbar," a weekly show aired every Wednesday throughout the season. The Voice of IU Volleyball Greg Murray will serve as host and catch up with Coach Dunbar and players each week to get a closer look at exactly what's going on in the world of Hoosier Volleyball.