Aug. 30, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Marshall volleyball (1-2) concluded its home opener weekend with a 3-0 loss to Virginia (3-0), but pressured the Cavaliers all match, falling in scores of 27-25, 25-20, and 28-26.
"We competed and were just beat in the end by a team that kept making us earn our points," Head Coach Mitch Jacobs said. "I'm certain that if we continue to leave our hearts on the floor we will learn to win those."
Junior middle blocker Jillian Shemanski (Jupiter, Fla.) continued to be a force at the net, picking up seven total blocks during the match in addition to five kills. Shemanski was awarded All-Tournament honors, recording 20 blocks on the weekend.
"Individually, Jillian just had a great weekend," Jacobs continued. "She was an issue for attackers all weekend, leading our team in blocking and hitting percentage. She was very deserving of her All-Tournament recognition."
In the first set, the Herd attacked quickly, scoring six unanswered points to begin the contest. Marshall continued to be forceful, taking five of the next seven points. Virginia responded by coming within three, and the Herd again battled to gain a five point lead. The battling Cavaliers squad brought the game within two, and ended up stealing the first set 27-25.
Sophomore Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.) collected four kills in the opening set, while fellow sophomore Elyse Panick (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Lauren Legge (Pliny, W.Va.) each picked up three.
UVA jumped out in the second set, taking the first points of the game, but the Herd battled back to tie the set at nine apiece. The lead would continue to go back and forth, as the set saw a total of seven tied scores before the Cavaliers took the second set 25-20.
Marshall responded by scoring the first point in the third set and then took five of the next seven points to increase the momentum. Sophomore Allie Kellerman (Louisville, Ky.) made some crucial digs to keep the volley alive throughout the game. The libero ended the night with 10 digs.
The Herd continued to battle in the third set, tying the game 11 times and forcing seven lead changes, the most of the whole match, before ultimately falling to the Cavaliers in a 28-26 decision.
Kiekover ended the evening with 10 kills, with Legge closely behind at nine and Panick collected seven.
"I feel we are ahead of where we thought we'd be this early," Jacobs finished. "Now we need to turn our focus to Eastern Kentucky and our opponents at Central Michigan."
Marshall will travel to Richmond, Ky. Wednesday, September 3 to face Eastern Kentucky before heading to Mount Pleasant, Mich. for the CMU Tournament next weekend.