7   Marie Zidek
Marie Zidek

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Orland Park, IL

High School:
Chicago Heights Marian Catholic

Height:
5-6

Position:
S/DS


2005: Named to both the Academic All-MAC team and to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Volleyball team...made the switch from setter to defensive specialist...appeared in all 33 matches, including 30 starts...finished sixth in school-history in both assists (2,938) and digs (1,208)...twice notched 30+ digs against both Bowling Green (30, 10/2/05) and Ball State (31, 10/15/05)...her 31 digs against Ball State were good for third in school-history for a single-match...collected double-digit digs in 17 out of her 33 matches...gathered 25 digs in a five-game loss to Toledo on Oct. 14...grabbed a team-best 12 digs in a three-game loss to Western Michigan (Nov. 3)...added another team-best 15 digs in a four-game win over Akron on Nov. 15.

2004: Became first Huskie in six years to earn Academic All-MAC honors while setting new career-highs for assists (1,486) and digs (378), matching her career standard for service aces (26) and playing in all 123 games last fall ... made pair of appearances in NIU's all-time single-season record book, placing seventh in assists and digs ... posted 21 matches with 10 digs or more including in 17 of her first 19 contests of the season ... notched 21 "ups" against Towson during that run to go along with 51 assists and two blocks (Sept. 10) ... put up her second 20-plus dig effort of the season and set a new career-high with 26 digs at Kent State along with 51 assists and a pair or blocks (Oct. 2) ... ran off six consecutive matches with 50 assists or more starting with KSU including a 61-assist effort at Akron (Oct. 15) and a 58-assist, 17-dig, two-block night during a four-game win over Eastern Michigan (Oct. 20) ... closed out the year on a high note, racking up a season-high 65 assists and 18 digs in season-ending MAC Quarterfinal loss to Ball State (Nov. 19).

2003: Took over as NIU's setter from day one of her sophomore season, and started all 31 matches in that role ... collected 16 assist-dig double-doubles including four in a row to begin the season ... ranked fourth in the Mid-American Conference at 11.86 assists per game ... totaled 1,411 successful set-ups for the year---the eighth-highest single-season total in Huskie history ... did a little bit of everything in season-opening victory over Liberty, posting four kills at a .667 clip, 42 assists, 13 digs, and three blocks (Aug. 29) ... tied school record for most assists in a five-game match by racking up 85 against Valparaiso in the championship match of the NIU Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational (Sept. 13) ... followed up that performance by earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Virginia Tech Invitational the very next weekend ... racked up 110 assists and 31 digs in just two matches at VT including a 50-assist, 22-dig, four-block performance against the host Hokies in the tournament opener (Sept. 19) ... cracked the 60-assist barrier four times including a 60-assist, 12-dig match in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals against Akron (Nov. 21).

2002: Played a key role in the Huskies' defensive efforts as a freshman, entering 91 games in 27 appearances ... averaged 1.35 digs per game with 22 service aces last fall ... production increased to 2.12 dpg. in Mid-American Conference play ... made most dramatic impact during a six-match run in late October, recording 82 digs in 25 games (3.28 per stanza), reaching double figures in each of those contests ... had a career-best 19 digs versus Akron (Oct. 19), erasing her personal standard established just four days earlier versus Eastern Michigan (Oct. 12) ... also tallied 15 digs in the rematch with EMU (Oct. 25) during that stretch ... served up a frosh-best three aces at DePaul (Sept. 17) and equaled that success versus Central Michigan (Sept. 28) ... tallied two aces in each of five other matches.

Prep: Transferred to Marian Catholic High School for her senior campaign after three seasons at Evergreen Park High ... played for Marilyn Akey at Marian Catholic and Dave Harlovic at EPHS... earned four varsity letters and was named co-captain at Marian Catholic ... ran the offense for Spartans' 26-13 IHSA Regional champion in 2001 ... played on two Regional championships at Evergreen Park in 1998 and 2000 ... named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Third-Team following her senior season ... served up an MCHS-record 718 assists in 2001, one of the top 30 performances in Illinois high school history ... a member of both the National Honor Society as a junior and senior ... earned Illinois State Scholar honors in 2001.

Club Volleyball: Competed for Celtic Force Volleyball Club in 2001 after two seasons with Windy City and Chicago Juniors Volleyball Clubs ... named Most Valuable Player at the National Junior Classic in 2000 ... participated in the Junior Olympic Nationals in 1999-2001.

Personal: Major - Exercise Science ... Birthdate - March 2, 1984.