Sept. 21, 2012
TULSA, OKLA. - Marshall volleyball had its eight-match win streak stifled as the Herd took its first league loss to Tulsa on Friday evening. The Golden Hurricane defeated Marshall 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16).
Marshall dropped to 11-5 (1-1 C-USA), while the reigning Conference USA champions improved to 9-7 (2-0 C-USA).
"We played a very good team and committed 25 unforced errors," commented head coach Mitch Jacobs. "You cannot do that and expect to be successful against a quality opponent."
"We were playing with great energy in the first set when we went on and error spree and dropped our energy level. We have to stay up and not just play with great energy and hustle, but we must execute."
Outside hitter Laura Der led the Herd with 16 kills and was one dig short of her seventh double-double, totaling nine.
Senior outside hitter Katy Schad followed with 11 kills, while earning her 10th double-double of the season after finishing with 15 digs.
Setter Sammie Bane posted 32 assists and libero Dorothy Rahal recorded a team-high 18 digs.
Tulsa's defense proved too tough for the Herd, as the Golden Hurricane limited Marshall to a .091 hitting percentage and recorded 7.0 blocks (1 solo, 12 assists).
Conference USA's leader in kills, Tyler Henderson, recorded nine kills and a .400 hitting percentage for the Golden Hurricane, while Miriele led the team in blocks with four. Libero Jessica Adams finished with a match-high 21 digs.
"There is no soul searching needed," continued Jacobs. "We have a good group that has been working very hard and we just had a bad night. Fourteen more conference matches in front of us and all we need to do is turn our minds to SMU and give our best on Sunday."
Marshall will travel SMU to round out the weekend road trip. The Herd will face off against the Mustangs at 2:00 p.m.ET on Sunday.