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Volleyball Heads to the BIG EAST Tournament

Nov. 26, 2014


#2 SETON HALL (27-6) vs. #3 MARQUETTE (24-7)
Al McGuire Center - Milwaukee, Wis.
6:30 p.m. ET
Live Video:
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**If Seton Hall defeats Marquette on Friday**
#2 SETON HALL (27-6) vs. #1 CREIGHTON (23-8) or
#4 XAVIER (19-11)

Al McGuire Center - Milwaukee, Wis.
5:00 p.m. ET
Fox Sports 2
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Seton Hall begins play in its first BIG EAST Tournament since 2011 on Friday, Nov. 28, vs. third-seeded Marquette in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live via the BIG EAST Digital Network. If it wins, it'll play for its first-ever BIG EAST Championship on Saturday against the winner of the #1 Creighton vs. #4 Xavier match. The title match will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be shown on Fox Sports 2.

Seton Hall ran its current win streak to eight matches last weekend with a sweep of Georgetown on Friday and a sweep of the regular season champions, Creighton, on Sunday. On Friday, both Manthorpe sisters registered double-doubles as the Pirates swept Georgetown, 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-21). Shelbey Manthorpe (Merion Station, Pa.) notched 39 assists, 10 kills and seven digs. She also had an impressive .500 attack percentage. Her sister, Stacey Manthorpe (Merion Station, Pa.) finished with a team-best 12 kills to go with 14 digs. On Sunday, Seton Hall closed the 2014 regular season with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-16) sweep of Creighton, for its eighth straight victory. The win puts a stamp on the Pirates' finest conference season in program history. Seton Hall improved to 27-6 overall and 15-3 in BIG EAST play. The Hall finished one game behind the Bluejays in the final conference standings. Meanwhile, Creighton had its 11-match win streak snapped and finished the regular season at 16-2 with both losses at the hands of the Pirates. Seton Hall's 27 overall victories are tied for the second-most in program history. In 1994, the last time Seton Hall made it to the conference semifinals, it won 31 games. Sophomore Danielle Schroeder (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Molly Grammer (Center Valley, Pa.) led Seton Hall's offense with 10 kills apiece. Schroeder finished with an impressive .529 attack percentage, while Grammer connected at a .381 clip. Shelbey Manthorpe recorded a double-double with a match-high 36 assists to go with 10 digs.

On Friday, Seton Hall will face Marquette, a team it split its two regular season matches with. The last time these teams played in Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles set an NCAA record for most points in a four-set match in a victory over the Pirates. Seton Hall got revenge a month later, defeating the Golden Eagles in four sets in Walsh Gym. Seton Hall and Marquette are so evenly matched, they went 1-1 against each other, both won four sets against each other, and both scored exactly 117 points against each other in their two meetings.

Should Seton Hall defeat Marquette, it will advance to its first BIG EAST championship game since 1994 and only its third ever. Pittsburgh defeated Seton Hall in five sets in the title game in 1993 and 1994. The Pirates defeated Creighton in both of their regular season meetings earlier this year, winning in five sets in Walsh Gym on Oct. 10 and sweeping the Bluejays in Omaha on Sunday. Seton Hall split a pair of matches this season with Xavier, with each team winning on the road. The Pirates defeated the Musketeers on the road in four sets on Oct. 4, but lost in five sets in Walsh Gym on Oct. 24.

Seton Hall has lost their last four matches in the BIG EAST Tournament and hasn't won since a sweep of Providence in the 1994 semifinals. Most recently, the Pirates were swept by Marquette, Friday's opponent, in the first round of the 2011 tournament.


Sophomore Tessa Fournier was named BIG EAST Libero of the Year on Tuesday. Seton Hall takes home Libero of the Year for the third consecutive season after Alyssa Warren won the prestigious honor in back-to-back seasons. Fournier has led the BIG EAST in digs and digs per game for most of the 2014 season. Her 5.49 digs per set ranks ninth in the nation, and recently, she tied Seton Hall's single-match record with 45 digs vs. DePaul on Nov. 15. She needs just 12 more digs to set the Seton Hall single-season record.

Allison Yaeger and Allie Matters were named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. The Pirates are 27-6 overall. Their 27 wins ties for the second-most victories in program history. Seton Hall's 15-3 BIG EAST Conference record is also a team-best. The Pirates' prior record for conference wins was only eight, a number The Hall nearly doubled this season. Lastly, Seton Hall qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 2011.

Shelbey Manthorpe, Stacey Manthorpe and Tessa Fournier were all named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Amanda Hansen was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Seton Hall led the conference with four All-Conference selections. Shelbey Manthorpe is the first player in Pirate history to be named to an All-Conference Team in four straight seasons.

Seton Hall enters the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament as the second seed. Regular season champion Creighton is the top seed, while Marquette is the third seed and Xavier is the fourth seed. Seton Hall split with both Marquette and Xavier this season, but swept Creighton, handing the Bluejays their only two BIG EAST losses.

Seton Hall's semifinal match up with third-seeded Marquette will be broadcast live by the BIG EAST Digital Network and shown via the Fox Sports Go app. Match time for the semifinal is 6:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, the championship game will be shown live on Fox Sports 2 television. Match time for the championship is 5:00 p.m. ET.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Seton Hall women's volleyball earned votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll. The Pirates, riding an eight-match win streak, earned five votes in Monday's AVCA rankings. Creighton, the only other BIG EAST team receiving votes, earned 10 votes.

Senior Stacey Manthorpe needs just four more kills to move into third place on Seton Hall's all-time kills list. She currently has 1,376 kills. Sarah Osmun is the Pirates' all-time leader with 1,572. Meghan Matusiak is second with 1,430, while Jennifer Cheshire is third at 1,379.

Seton Hall's victory over DePaul on Nov. 15 clinched its first BIG EAST Tournament berth since 2011. Seton Hall is guaranteed to finish no lower than third place in the conference this season. The top four will play for the championship in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 28-29.

Senior Shelbey Manthorpe was named to the season's final BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. It's the second time this season she's been named to the honor roll. She was also twice named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week. At Georgetown on Friday, Manthorpe tallied a match high 39 assists to go with 10 kills and seven digs. At Creighton, the regular season champions, on Sunday, she recorded 36 assists and 10 digs.