Sept. 12, 2017
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall volleyball team suffered its third straight loss, falling to the West Virginia Mountaineers, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22), Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center.
“Credit West Virginia for coming in here and showing our group how hard you are supposed to play the game,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “We are young and learning and we need to band together. I look forward to getting in the gym tomorrow and working with these young women to get through this and learn to play to our potential.”
Jac’cara Walker led the Herd with 13 kills, 11 digs and three aces. Madison Hill added 10 kills and Lauren Mattmuller tallied seven kills. Madelyn Cole led the Herd with 24 assists. Jessa Long tallied eight digs. Cole and Addisyn Rowe had four blocks apiece.
West Virginia (8-2) opened the match by taking five of the first eight points but a kill by Hill and a Mountaineers error evened the match. The teams remained deadlocked until the Mountaineers won seven of eight points in the middle of the set to open up an 18-13 lead. A kill by Walker cut the Herd deficit to 21-18 but the Mountaineers closed out the set by winning four of the final five points, taking the opening set, 25-19.
Marshall (3-9) began the second set by taking six of the first eight points. Walker had a pair of aces during the run. West Virginia took nine of the next 13 points to gain an 11-10 lead. After the Mountaineers took a 20-15 lead, a pair of kills by Lauren Mattmuller cut the Herd’s deficit to 20-17. West Virginia took five of the final seven points of the set, taking a 25-19 second set win to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
The Herd opened the third set by taking seven of the first 10 points. West Virginia cut the Marshall lead to three at 9-6 but the Herd captured the next three points to increase its lead to six. The Mountaineers took control of the set with a five-point run, taking an 18-17 lead in the process. The Herd took a two-point lead at 21-19 on a kill by Walker, but the Mountaineers took six of the last seven points to claim the set, 25-22, and the match.
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Marshall closes out non-conference action this weekend at the Rocky Top Classic hosted by Tennessee. The Herd will open the invitational against the Volunteers on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Marshall finishes the tournament on Saturday against Furman at Noon and USC Upstate at 4:30 p.m.