Sophomore Jac'cara Walker led the Herd with 16 kills.
Sept. 24, 2017
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Marshall volleyball team bounced back with a sweep of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in three sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-19). The Thundering Herd is now 1-1 in Conference USA play.
Sophomore Jac’cara Walker (16) and Madison Hill (12) combined for 28 kills. Sophomore Madelyn Cole led the Herd with 35 assists. Freshman libero Jessa Long finished with 12 digs. Marshall improves to 6-11 and Middle Tennessee falls to 4-12 and 0-2 in conference action.
“Always great to steal a W on the road,” Herd coach Mitch Jacobs said. “Very tough environment in Middle’s gym. They play in a small venue and make it very hard on the opponent to hear anything. I thought that the team played with great energy today and we had to because Middle plays with so much emotion, it can wear on you.”
In the first set, Marshall took the lead at 5-4 on a kill by redshirt freshman Tiffany Isaacs. The Herd held the lead until the Blue Raiders tied it up at 19-19. Marshall regained the lead on a block by freshmen Addisyn Rowe and Katie Jacques. The Herd kept the lead through the rest of the set and finished it off with a kill by Hill.
The second set began in just about the same manner as the first. Marshall took the lead at 5-4 off a Middle attack error. The Blue Raiders tied the set at 9-9 and again at 10-10, but Marshall outscored MTSU 15-6 on the way to taking the set.
With Marshall going for the sweep, the Herd took the lead in the third set at 4-3 on a kill by Walker. The Gainesville, Fla., native finished the third set with six kills and Hill added four. Marshall capped off the sweep on a kill by senior Taylor Pelton.
“Our block and our service games were definitely big difference makers,” coach Jacobs said. “Middle goes all out on every serve and in sets one and two, had very few errors. So the pressure out on our passers was intense. We knew that going in and Middle was winning that battle early.
“We settled down, our passers were amazing from mid set two, forward, and that allowed our offense to get going and took over the match.”
Marshall finished the match with eight total blocks and had an attack percentage of .506.
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Marshall returns to the court on Friday, Sept. 29, to host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Cam Henderson Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m.