Women's Volleyball

    IU Volleyball to Host Illinois, Northwestern

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Samantha Thrower
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Samantha Thrower
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 26, 2012

    Week 6: vs. Illinois, vs. Northwestern
     Friday, Sept. 28 University Gymnasium, Bloomington, Ind.
     7 p.m. ET
    No. 21 Illinois at Indiana: Live on BTN.com, GameTracker
     Saturday, Sept. 29
    University Gymnasium, Bloomington, Ind.
     7 p.m. ET
    Northwestern at Indiana: Listen Live!, GameTracker
     Weekly Notes
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    The Last Meeting
    November 5, 2011
    Bloomington, Ind.
    No. 5 Illinois Prevails 3-1
    Indiana Volleyball (8-18, 0-14) fell in four sets to fifth-ranked Illinois (22-3, 11-3). The Hoosiers took the second set but the Illini took the match (17-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16). IU got double-digit kills from Kelci Marschall and Samantha Thrower, with Marschall chalking up 15 kills for the second-straight night.

    The Last Meeting
    November 4, 2011
    Bloomington, Ind.
    Hoosiers Fall To Northwestern, 3-0
    Indiana Volleyball (8-17, 0-13) fell in three sets to Northwestern (14-10, 5-8) in three sets (21-25, 20-25, 12-25). IU got double-digit kills from Kelci Marschall and Kristen Seaton, with Marschall chalking up 15 kills.

    The Hoosiers open the Big Ten home slate with a pair of foes from the Land of Lincoln. No. 21 Illinois (7-5, 1-1) comes to town on Friday for a 7 p.m. ET match. Saturday brings Northwestern (11-2, 0-2) to town at 7 p.m. ET.

    Friday night is Super Hero Night, and all kids, 18 and under, who come to the match in costume will get in free. The first 100 fans to arrive on Friday night will also receive free IU sunglasses. Saturday is Camp Reunion night, when all IU Volleyball campers are invited to come to the match. An autograph session with the team will happen on the court after the match.

    Illinois is one year removed from an appearance in the NCAA Championship match, and they are led by Jocelynn Birks, whose 4.26 kills per set rank fourth in the Big Ten this season. Illinois won four out of five entering Big Ten play but fell 3-0 in the Big Ten opener to No. 12 Minnesota. They rebounded to knock off Wisconsin in five sets.

    Northwestern is led by Stephanie Holthus, who averages 4.31 kills per set, which ranks third in the Big Ten. The Wildcats entered conference play unbeaten but fell to Wisconsin and Minnesota on the opening weekend in the Big Ten.

    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 112. That is a winning percentage of .643 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 eight double-doubles this season and is seventh in the Big Ten this season at 3.94 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 205 kills on the season, Haverly sits at 1114 career kills. She became the 15th Hoosier all-time to reach 1000 career kills against Georgia Tech.

    Indiana Volleyball's California Girl, Whitney Granado, made her first appearance on the court in 2012 at Michigan, coming off the bench midway through set number one. Her impact was felt immediately, as the Hoosiers outscored the Wolverines over the next 75 points by a 47-28 margin, including a win in the second set.

    With the loss of four seniors in 2011, Granado stepped up to fill the leadership void during the offseason. The senior from Riverside, Calif., got sick at the very end of the summer and was unable to play during the non-conference schedule however. With 1,762 career assists, Granado ranks eighth in IU history and played a key role in IU's success during the 2010 Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAA Tournament.

    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 seven matches and is hitting .234 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 941 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 76 blocks, including 11 solo blocks. She earned All-Tournament honors at the Indiana Invitational with 22 blocks on the weekend. She leads the Big Ten and ranks 18th nationally on the season with an average of 1.43 blocks per set.

    She had nine blocks and nine kills in the Bowling Green match. The senior is hitting .316 on the season, and hit an amazing .487 at the 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.

    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 third on the team averaging 2.26 kills per set this season and is hitting .315.

    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. The Lake in the Hills, Ill., native is averaging 2.12 kills per set on the year.

    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 third in the Big Ten on the season in assists per set at 11.27.

    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 552 assists, 111 digs, 23 blocks, 18 kills and six service aces.

    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.




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