Women's Volleyball

    Hoosiers Start Big Ten Play in Great Lakes State

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Kelci Marschall
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Kelci Marschall
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 19, 2012

    Week 5: At Michigan & At Michigan State
     Friday, Sept. 21 Cliff Keen Arena - Ann Arbor, Mich.
     7 p.m. ET
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     Saturday, Sept. 22
    Jenison Field House - East Lansing, Mich.
     8 p.m. ET
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    The Last Meeting
    October 29, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
    No. 22 Michigan Takes Down IU in Three
    Indiana Volleyball (8-16, 0-12) fell in four sets to Michigan (16-8, 4-8) in three sets (20-25, 19-25, 12-25). IU was led by Kristen Seaton's eight kills, and got six from Kelci Marschall and five from both Morgan Leach and Samantha Thrower.

    The Last Meeting
    Michigan State3
    October 26, 2011
    East Lansing, Mich.
    Hoosiers Fall to the Spartans, 3-1
    Indiana Volleyball (8-15, 0-11) fell in four sets to Michigan State (17-6, 6-5) in five sets (19-25, 25-21, 15-25, 22-25). IU was led by Kristen Seaton and Samantha Thrower in the match, who both added 10 kills. Caitlin Cox added 11 digs and three service aces, and Whitney Granado had 34 assists, seven digs, three aces and three blocks.

    The Big Ten volleyball season is upon us, and Indiana Volleyball (8-4) starts out the 2012 conference slate with a road trip to the Great Lakes State, where they will visit Michigan (12-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. ET and Michigan State (12-0) on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

    The Hoosiers enter Big Ten play coming off of two straight victories. The Hoosiers are led by senior Samantha Thrower, whose 1.41 blocks per set ranks second in the Big Ten this season, and Jordan Haverly, whose 3.96 kills per set ranks sixth in the conference.

    Michigan is led by junior outside hitter Lexi Erwin, who has 219 kills this season, which is 37 more than any other Big Ten player, she ranks fifth in the conference this year with 4.13 kills per set. MSU is led by the dynamic play of junior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski. Wicinski leads the Big Ten in both kills per set (4.55) and aces per set (0.75).

    IUHoosiers.com will have free live audio of all matches, with the "Voice of IU Volleyball", Greg Murray, on the call.

    With a 3-0 IU win over Western Illinois on September 8th, Indiana Volleyball Head Coach Sherry Dunbar moved her career win total to 200. The Ellettsville, Indiana native is in her sixth season at IU and has a career record of 202 and 110. That is a winning percentage of .647 in nine seasons as a collegiate head coach.

    Dunbar has 89 victories as Indiana's head coach, which is third most in program history. In her sixth year at IU, Dunbar has produced Indiana's first Sweet Sixteen appearance, five All-Big Ten honorees and two-time All-American Ashley Benson.

    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 has six double-doubles this season and is third in the Big Ten this season at 4.33 kills per set. She played just one set against Quinnipiac, but still managed enough votes from coaches at the Black Knight Invitational for MVP honors.

    She earned All-Tourney honors at the Indiana Invitational, tallying 53 kills on the weekend, including 20 in the win over Cleveland State and 19 in the win over Georgia Tech. She has four double-doubles this season.

    With 178 kills on the season, Haverly sits at 1087 career kills. She became the 15th Hoosier all-time to reach 1000 career kills against Georgia Tech.

    Playing libero in the Big Ten is no easy task, but when you're taking over the spot after the all-time digs leader in IU history, Caitlin Cox, things get even tougher. Caitlin Hansen is doing just that.

    The Indianapolis native has registered double-digit digs in all but one match this season, and appears to be getting comfortable running the IU defense. She earned Indiana Invitational MVP honors after digging 49 balls in the three matches, leading IU to the title. Hansen was huge in IU's win over Georgia Tech with 19 digs and four aces and had 21 digs against Butler.

    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 the first weekend of the season. She is second in the Big Ten on the season in assists per set at 11.49.

    Gallagher, an AAU All-American in high school, has 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.

    This season she has 540 assists, 111 digs, 22 blocks, 17 kills and six service aces.

    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 led the Hoosiers in kills with 336 (3.10 per set). She had six double-doubles on the season.

    In 2012, Marschall has double digit kills in six matches and is hitting .233 for the season. She earned All-Black Knight Invitational honors at West Point to start the season and had 27 kills while hitting .384 in IU's wins over Cleveland State and Georgia Tech at the Indiana Invitational.

    With 925 kills on her career, Marschall is closing in on 1,000, which would make her the 16th player in IU history to reach that statistical milestone. She and Jordan Haverly would be the first active duo to have 1000+ kills since 2007 for Indiana.

    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 54 blocks, including seven solo blocks. She earned All-Tournament honors at the Indiana Invitational with 22 blocks on the weekend. She leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally on the season with an average of 1.59 blocks per set.

    She had nine blocks and nine kills in the Bowling Green match. The senior is hitting .258 on the season, and hit an amazing .487 at the Indiana Invitational.

    Amelia Anderson is no longer just the up-and-coming freshman off the bench for IU. At the Hoosier Classic, she got the first three starts of her career and she took advantage. On the weekend, she hit .466 with 34 kills. She also added four digs and five blocks en route to All-Hoosier Classic honors.

    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.

    Leach is second on the team averaging 2.44 kills per set this season and is hitting a team-high .345.

    At 5-1 with two tournament titles under their belts, the Indiana Volleyball team looked to be on the cusp of something great. Bumps in the road came next, as the Hoosiers went 1-2 at the Butler Invitational and then fell to Valparaiso in the opener at the Hoosier Classic.

    The Hoosiers were able to rebound well in the Chattanooga and Miami matches, however, showing that maybe the Hoosiers have regained their swagger.

    The Hoosiers hit .335 in the two matches and held the two opponents to just .107. IU averaged 2.00 service aces, 2.14 blocks and 15.00 kills in the pair of contests as well. The Hoosiers look promising coming off of some of the best play this season as they head into the Big Ten season.

    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 swing 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 and 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.

    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.

    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 10 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, Indiana 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.

    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.




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