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Senior Sarah Madden will be honored prior to Saturday night's match
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Volleyball Closes 2013 Campaign With Two Home Matches

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Release: November 20, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team closes the 2013 campaign with two home matches this weekend. The Bulldogs host the Loyola Ramblers on Friday, Nov. 22 before facing the Bradley Braves the following evening (Nov. 23). Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com.

SENIOR NIGHT

Drake will honor senior Sarah Madden (Van Meter, Iowa) prior to Saturday night’s contest against Bradley. Madden, one of the top back-row players in Drake history, continues to add to her career digs total as her career winds down. She recorded 24 this past weekend to give her 1,483, which is the second most in school history. This fall she is averaging 4.99 digs per set, which ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference and 36th in the nation. Madden has missed just one match in her three seasons at Drake after transferring from St. Cloud State (Minn.) following her freshman year. During her junior year she recorded the most digs in a match with 45, finished with the fourth highest single season digs total in school history with 597 and finished number nine nationally in digs per set at 5.80, which also led the MVC.

REWIND

Drake (2-26, 0-16 MVC) lost road contests at Indiana State and Illinois State, respectively. Freshman Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) paced Drake’s offense with 17 kills in the two matches.

SCOUTING LOYOLA & BRADLEY

Indiana State (12-16, 5-11 MVC), Loyola (12-17, 6-10 MVC) and Bradley (12-13, 6-10 MVC) are locked in a battle for the sixth and final spot in the MVC Championship next week in Wichita, Kan. Indiana State has road matches at Evansville and Southern Illinois remaining, while the Braves and the Ramblers will face the Bulldogs travel partner, the UNI Panthers, in their respective other match this weekend.

FINAL CHANCE

Drake will try to capture its first conference win of the 2013 campaign as the Bulldogs have not won an MVC match since last fall when they knocked off Indiana State on Senior Night.

STEPPING UP

Schoene had her best overall weekend as a Bulldog. The Seattle, Wash., native smashed a career-high nine kills in the Indiana State match and followed that with eight kills against Illinois State. She hit .240 with three attack errors against the Sycamores, but was even better against the Redbirds with just one attack error while hitting .318. She added three block assists in the two matches. She earned her second career start in the Indiana State match.

KEEP SWINGING

Junior Amanda Platte (Mount Vernon, Iowa) leads the team in kills with 246 and kills per set at 2.73. Platte has smashed double figures in a team-high 11 matches, including a career-high 18 in the win over Western Illinois. Freshman Capris Quaites (Omaha, Neb.) has started 18 matches in her first year and is second on the squad in kills with 130.

BIG LOSS

Sophomore middle blocker Cassie Effken (Lincoln, Neb.) has missed a significant portion of the season due to injury, playing in just 10 matches. Effken blasted her career-high of 17 kills against DePaul despite missing part of the fourth set and the fifth set due to an ankle injury. She was selected to the all-MVC freshmen team last year.

STEPPING UP

Katie Allen (Mokena, Ill.) is playing well at one of the middle blocker positions for the Bulldogs. The redshirt freshman has started the last 11 matches and had her best all-around performance of the year at Evansville. Against the Purple Aces, Allen finished with five kills with zero attack errors, while hitting .312 and added a career-high seven blocks and career-high two service aces. The night before at Southern Illinois she tallied four kills and zero attack errors, while hitting .444 along with two aces and three blocks.

SETTLED IN

Freshman Tegan LaBerge (Maple Grove, Minn.) was forced into action at one of the middle blocker positions with Effken’s injury. The Maple Grove, Minn. native has settled into the position starting the last 23 matches and leads the team in blocks with 55.

ALL-AROUND NIGHT

Sophomore setter Rebecca Brown (Bentonville, Ark.) filled the scorebook at Evansville finishing with a career-high five kills, while hitting .333 and added 29 assists, six digs, two blocks and one service ace. Against UNI Brown posted a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs for her second double-double of 2013. She has started 27 of Drake’s 28 matches this year and leads the squad in assists with 689. She has more than doubled her freshman year total of 293. This year she is averaging a team-leading 7.25 assists per set, which ranks ninth in The Valley.

CALLED ON

Six freshmen on Drake’s roster have earned court time for the Bulldogs as Quaites is second on the squad in kills with 130, while LaBerge is third with 102. Samantha Meyers (Grundy Center, Iowa) smashed 15 kills against Idaho, which is the third-highest individual single match total for the Bulldogs this year. She made her first career start at the libero position against Indiana State.

ACE YOU VERY MUCH

Drake tallied six service aces in its home match against UNI equaling its season-high as the Bulldogs had six service aces in wins over Montana State and Western Illinois this year.  Drake has 88 team aces, while freshman Samantha Meyers has a team-leading 17 aces.

NUMBER ONE

First-year Drake head coach Darrin McBroom earned his first Division I win with the victory over the Montana State Bobcats.

STREAK IS OVER

Drake’s 3-1 win over Montana State was the Bulldogs first early season tournament win since knocking off McNeese State, 3-2, at the Creighton Classic in 2011.  Drake had dropped its last nine tournament matches.

HAWKEYE CHALLENGE RECAP

The Bulldogs snapped an eight-match losing streak with their five-set win over the Western Illinois Leathernecks in their final match of the Hawkeye Challenge. The win in five sets was Drake’s first of the season after dropping its first two five set matches to DePaul and South Dakota State. The Bulldogs dropped their other three matches of the challenge losing to Iowa, Illinois at Chicago and Ball State.

HOME TOURNAMENT RECAP

The Bulldogs dropped a five-set match to DePaul in their opening contest of the West Des Moines Sheraton Drake Invitational, before being swept by Eastern Illinois and losing another five-set match to South Dakota State.

Drake was the only team to take DePaul, who won the tournament title and is 6-0, to five sets. The Blue Demons took the opening set but the Bulldogs rallied to take the next two sets. DePaul, loaded with juniors and seniors, answered taking the next two sets for the win.

After the disappointing straight sets setback to Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon Drake was resilient against SDSU in the evening. The Bulldogs lost the first set before capturing the second set as the Jackrabbits took set three, while the Bulldogs answered with a win in set four to force a deciding fifth set. In the fifth, Drake battled but fell, 15-9, to give SDSU the win.

OPENING WEEKEND RECAP

The Bulldogs opened the 2013 campaign at the Wyoming Invite. Drake beat Montana State and lost to Idaho, Stetson and Wyoming in the two-day tournament. However, the team battled in all three losses and just missed forcing deciding fifth sets against Idaho and Stetson.

NEW LEADERSHIP

McBroom had spent the past four seasons as head coach of the Iowa Western Reivers, compiling an outstanding 177-25 overall record and guiding the team to four-straight National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament appearances. Iowa Western earned a fourth-place finish at the 2012 national championship, its best finish since 2008.

The Reivers won four consecutive NJCAA Regional Championships under McBroom, and this past season he was named the ­Mid-West Region Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Iowa Western finished the 2012 season ranked third nationally and was ranked as high as number one during last fall. McBroom earned his 300th coaching win this past season.

McBroom owns one of the highest winning percentages amongst coaches in the NJCAA at 85 percent with an overall record of 322-58 in eight seasons. He has coached 12 NJCAA All-Americans and had three student-athletes named NJCAA Academic All-Americans.  

Prior to Iowa Western, McBroom was the head coach of Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Mo., for four seasons. McBroom’s coaching career started at the high school level in the Kansas City area, where he spent seven seasons accumulating a 174-68-9 overall record. He holds a master’s degree as well as a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Northwest Missouri State University.

McBroom’s first assistant coach hire was Leslie Flores. Flores spent the past year as the head girls’ volleyball coach at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif. She guided the team to a second place finish in the conference and a spot in the SCIF Olympic league playoffs.

Flores has six years of combined experience as a head coach or assistant at the club, high school and collegiate levels. Prior to Maranatha, she was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Southern California in 2011 and a volunteer assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University in 2010. USC advanced to the NCAA Final Four during her season with the Trojans.

Flores also spent two years as an assistant coach at Pasadena City College, which included a highly successful 2009 season as the team won the South Coast Conference championship.

The California native was a two-year All-SCIAC setter at Division III powerhouse the University of La Verne (Calif.). She helped La Verne reach the NCAA Division III national Final Four in three of the four years she was on the squad. Flores was a member of the All-Tournament team at the 2005 Final Four.

Rounding out McBroom’s staff is former Creighton standout Laurel Sanford. Sanford, a three-year starter for the Bluejays at the middle blocker position, played at Creighton from 2008 to 2011 and helped the Bluejays win 50 Missouri Valley Conference matches in her career. She led the Jays in blocks and kills her senior season and was named first-team all-MVC.

Sanford was a co-captain her final two seasons and earned second-team all-MVC honors her junior year. Creighton was selected to the NCAA tournament that season and defeated Iowa State in a five-set thriller in the opening round before falling to Minnesota in the second round. The win over the Cyclones was the program’s first NCAA tournament victory.

The Minnesota native served as an assistant coach for the Marian High School volleyball team last fall and helped lead it to the Nebraska state championships, where it finished second. She has been a coach with the Premier Volleyball Club the last four years and played for Northern Lights, one of the top club teams in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

DRAKE PICKED TENTH
Drake was picked to finish tenth in the 2013 MVC preseason poll conducted by league coaches. Wichita State captured eight of 10 first-place votes to top the voting with 98 points.

TIME IS NOW

The Bulldogs have a young squad with a total of 13 underclassmen on the roster this fall. Eight freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and one senior comprise the Drake roster.

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