Marshall Volleyball Completes the Thunder Invite on Saturday
Pelton and Hill named to All-Tournament Team
Marshall vs. Toledo Box Score | Marshall vs. Maryland Box Score
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall volleyball team completed the Thunder Invite inside the Cam Henderson on Saturday with a pair of losses to Toledo and Maryland.
“It was great to have all the teams here this weekend,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “It was a fun tournament for the fans. There were some great matches. Now we have to turn our attention and focus on West Virginia.”
Senior Taylor Pelton and sophomore Madison Hill were named to the Thunder Invite All-Tournament team. Pelton had a team-high 37 games over the three matches and hit at a .281 clip. Hill had 21 kills with a .375 hitting percentage and seven blocks. Marshall (3-8) was also led by sophomore Jac’cara Walker with 36 kills over the tournament, while sophomore Madelyn Cole had a team-high 114 assists and 10 blocks.
MATCH ONE: Toledo 3, Marshall 2 (15-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 26-24)
Marshall lost a five-set thriller to Toledo (3-5) in the Thundering Herd’s first match of the day. Marshall took the first two sets of the match, but was unable to finish the match as Toledo won the final three sets.
In the first set, after leading 8-6, Marshall won eight of 10 points and carried the momentum for the rest of the set to win by 10 points. A kill from Pelton finished off the first set, one of 19 she had in the match.
The Herd rode its momentum into the second set, as it built an early 4-0 lead over the Rockets. Marshall extended its lead to its largest of the set at 13-9 after a Walker kill. Toledo battled back and tied the match at 17 and eventually took the lead at 19-18 after a block. The lead didn’t last and Marshall rallied back and closed out the set, 25-21, with a block by Tiffany Isaacs and Cole.
Toledo battled back and tied the match at two sets apiece, after taking the third and fourth set. The Rockets came out strong in the third set, holding as much as a six point lead. Marshall was down 24-20, but fended off three set points, before a service error gave the third frame to the Rockets. Toledo took an early 4-1 lead in the fourth set and never trailed from there. Marshall tied the set at 23, but the Rockets closed out the set with a kill and a block.
The final set, although only requiring a maximum of 15 points to win, went longer than any other set in the match. After the score was tied at 12, no team won two consecutive points until the Rockets finally did at 26-24. Toledo had eight blown match points before finally securing the win. Marshall had three match points of their own on which they could not capitalize. The frame featured 20 ties and six lead changes.
Walker had a season-high 23 kills in the match, while Cole had a season-high 53 assists. Freshman Jessa Long had a team-high 21 digs.
MATCH TWO: Maryland 3, Marshall 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-12)
Marshall wrapped up the invitational with a three-set loss to undefeated Maryland (9-0).
Maryland jumped out to an early 15-7 lead over the Thundering Herd in the first set, its largest lead of the set. Marshall battled back and brought it the set within four (21-17) after a ball handling error on Maryland. The Terrapins quickly responded and won the set, 25-18.
Maryland went on to close out the match by taking the second and third set. The Terrapins took a lead at 4-3 in the second set, and never looked back, winning the set, 25-14. Maryland also led early on in the third set and won by its largest margin of the match, 25-12.
Pelton led the Herd with nine kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Cole dished out 25 assists, while freshman Addisyn Rowe led the team with two blocks.
THUNDER INVITE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
MVP: Gia Milana, Maryland
Erika Pritchard, Maryland
Hailey Murray, Maryland
Taylor Pelton, Marshall
Madison Hill, Marshall
Kaity Smith, Virginia Tech
Maurissa Leonard, Toledo
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Marshall will host in-state rival West Virginia University on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.