IU Volleyball to Host Illinois, Northwestern
Sept. 26, 2012
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.
DUNBAR WINS NUMBER 200
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.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
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.
THE PRIDE OF RIVERSIDE
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.
K-MARSCH: BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL
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.
PERFECTION FOR THROWER
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.
INSIDE IU VOLLEYBALL
MORGAN IN THE MIDDLE
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.
MEELS ON WHEELS
GALLAGHER DROPS THE HAMMER
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.
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