Broncos Face Marquette In Non-Conference Tilt
Tuesday, October 9 // 8 p.m. ET
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Broncos lead series 5-3 // Broncos 1-0 vs. Marquette in Milwaukee
Pass and Serve
- This will be the ninth meeting between Western Michigan and Marquette, with the Broncos holding a 5-3 advantage in the series
- WMU is 1-0 in the only previous meeting of these two teams in Milwaukee
- The Broncos defeated Marquette 3-1 at University Arena last season; four players recorded double-digit kills, including Jessica Brown, Gillian Asque, and Ali Gossen
- Stephenee Yancy averaged 2.88 kills/set against Northern Illinois and Bowling Green, and hit .459 over two matches in leading the Broncos' offensive attack
- Stephenee Yancy has recorded double-digit kills in back-to-back matches for the first time in her career
- Jessica Brown recorded 15 kills and hit .379 in the Broncos' match against Bowling Green
- Terin Norris recorded her team-high ninth double-double of the season with 50 assists and 11 digs at Bowling Green
- The Broncos recorded a season-high six service aces in the win over Northern Illinois
- Jessica Brown passed Liz Gunn for sixth on the career kills list this weekend, and now has 1,355 career kills; she needs 17 kills to pass Katie Eberling for fifth on the list, and 33 to pass WMU Hall of Famer Sarah Powers for fourth
- Jessica Brown is one of only two players in the MAC to rank in the top-10 in both kills and hitting percentage
- Jessica Brown has recorded 11+ kills in eight of her last nine matches, and is averaging 3.15 kills/set in that span
- Lena Oliver moved into second place on the career digs list at Western Michigan on Saturday, passing Katy Duffy and Allyson Doyle. Oliver has 1,662 career digs
The Western Michigan volleyball team will finish a three-match road swing with a rare mid-week non-conference match, when the Broncos make the trek to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
This will be the ninth meeting between the two teams, with the Broncos holding a 5-3 edge in the all-time series. Interestingly enough, this will be just the second time the teams have played each other in Milwaukee; that meeting came in 2005, when the Broncos swept the Golden Eagles 3-0.
The Broncos are 3-1 overall against Marquette under Colleen Munson, including a 3-1 win in last season's match played at University Arena. Four different Broncos notched double-digit kills in the victory, including Jessica Brown, Ali Gossen, and Gillian Asque.
Oliver Among the Elite
Lena Oliver reached 1,662 career digs last weekend, passing Katy Duffy and Allyson Doyle for second place on the career digs list at Western Michigan. Oliver now has a season and a half to catch the program's career digs leader; she will need to surpass 2,583 career digs to top Caitlin Strimel's mark.
Two Way Player
Terin Norris set a team record with 18 Assists-Digs double-doubles in 2011, and appears to be off to the same kind of start in 2012. Norris has recorded nine double-doubles already in 2012.
Brown Climbing the Charts
Jessica Brown continued her rise in the Bronco record books this season, as the senior approaches the top-five in career kills in a Bronco uniform. Brown reached 1,355 career kills this past weekend, passing Liz Gunn for sixth on the career kills list. Brown needs to reach 1,371 kills to pass Katie Eberling for fifth on the list, and 1,387 kills to pass WMU Hall of Famer Sarah Powers for fourth.
Freshman middle blocker Stephenee Yancy is averaging 2.23 kills per set in MAC play this year, but she has been dynamite over her past four matches in particular; Yancy is hitting .431 and averaging 2.33 kills per set in that span, including matches of back-to-back double digit kills against Northern Illinois and Bowling Green. Yancy was especially dangerous against the Huskies, hitting .625 in the win.
Acree on the Rise
Sophomore defensive specialist Kaycee Acree is averaging 3.12 digs/set in 2012, up nearly a half-dig a set from her 2.70 average in 2011. Acree has already recorded 206 digs in 2012, and will likely shatter last year's mark of 330 digs.
The Broncos set a new season-high for team service aces against the Huskies on Thursday, recording six total aces in the match. Gillian Asque and Lena Oliver each recorded a pair of aces in the match, and Asque in fact has three aces in her last two matches...the first two matches this season in which she has recorded a service attempt.