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Elizabeth Koberstein





Koberstein is a senior nursing major at Marquette University who has also pursued extensive Spanish language courses to converse fluently with Spanish-speaking patients. Her academic efforts have earned her a spot on the dean’s list in both of her semesters at Marquette with a cumulative GPA of 3.75. In addition, she earned BIG EAST All-Academic Team recognition for her academic accomplishments during the 2012-13 school year.


Koberstein is a kind, compassionate, caring person, whose character has led her to pursue a career in nursing. However, it is her circumstance that has solidified her professional pursuit. Her mother has been battling Parkinson’s Disease for the past few years and her father has recently been diagnosed with Level 4 Brain Cancer. She has been remarkably strong in the face of adversity, yet has managed to be the consummate leader and team captain.  She is willing to help her teammates with personal struggles on and off the court and is always looking for ways to spend extra time with the coaching staff to become the best setter she can be.  Though she may have a gentle soul for people in need, she is a fierce competitor and a winner.  She has an insatiable appetite for the game of volleyball and is a perfectionist in training.  Kind, smart, tough and fierce, her character is unmatched.


Koberstein has been an active participant in community service since she first arrived on Marquette’s campus. As a student-athlete at Marquette, an institution annually selected by The Princeton Review as a “College with a Conscience,” service to others is something stressed greatly at MU. Koberstein assisted with Marquette’s Feed My Starving Children initiative, which was organized by classmate and men’s soccer player Bryan Ciesiulka and raised over $30,000 to provide 100,000 meals for hungry children. She participated in Marquette’s Hunger Clean-Up efforts in 2012-13 as well as helped the women’s volleyball team raise over $5,000 in its Dig Pink campaign. The senior also volunteered her time last year with the English Language Partners of Wisconsin, helping Spanish-speaking U.S. immigrants learn the English language.


Koberstein earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention for the first time in her career in 2012 after leading the BIG EAST Conference and ranking 10th in NCAA Division I with 11.64 assists per set. She also earned All-Northeast Region honors from the AVCA and was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection as a junior. The Madison, Wis., native ended 2012 with the fourth-highest single season assist total (1,455) in program history and was named to the BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team after helping the Golden Eagles to their first title match appearance. Her ability to impact the game helped MU to its highest overall victory total (27 wins) and wins in conference play (13) as the Golden Eagles hit a BIG EAST-best .292 in league play. She trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Program over the summer. She was also named 2013 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year in a survey of the league’s head coaches.