@HerdVolleyball Falls to Southern Miss, 3-1|
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall Volleyball lost its second Conference USA match of the season Friday, dropping a 3-1 decision against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at the Cam Henderson Center.
Madison Hill led the Thundering Herd (6-11, 1-2 Conference USA) with 14 kills (and 10 digs), while Taylor Pelton added 10 kills, as well. Madelyn Cole contributed 38 assists and Lauren Mattmuller totaled 12 digs. Shelby Conley and Kayla Simmons tallied 11 digs apiece.
Kylie Grandy had 13 kills and 13 digs for the victors (11-7, 2-1) and Natalie Druhan added 16 digs.
The two teams combined for 23 blocks (Southern Miss 12, Marshall 11).
Marshall jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first set, but Southern Miss quickly erased that and took a 6-5 lead. Neither team had more than a one-point lead until a Hill kill gave the Thundering Herd a 14-12 advantage. Southern Miss responded with six straight points to take an 18-14 lead and increased the margin to 24-18, but four consecutive attack errors and a kill by Pelton cut the Marshall deficit to one point (24-23). The Golden Eagles took the final point of the set for a 25-23 win.
Marshall opened the second set by taking five of the first seven points. Southern Miss responded with a four-point run to take a 7-6 lead, but a pair of kills by Pelton and a kill by Justice Craft gave the Herd a two-point advantage (9-7). A kill by Cole gave the Herd a 15-11 lead, but Southern Miss answered with a five-point run to take a 16-15 advantage. The Herd held a 19-17 lead after a Southern Miss attack error, but the Golden Eagles took eight of the set’s last ten points to win, 25-21, and took a 2-0 lead into intermission.
Southern Miss opened the third set by taking five of the first eight points. The Herd got within one point at 6-5, but Southern Miss opened up a four-point lead (12-8). Marshall used a kill by Hill to take its first lead of the set at 19-18. The Herd had its first set point at 24-21, but three consecutive points for Southern Miss tied the affair at 24-all. A block by Pelton and a kill by Addisyn Rowe gave Marshall a 26-24 third-set win.
The Herd took seven of the first 11 points of the fourth set, but Southern Miss countered with three straight points to tie the set at 7-apiece. The Golden Eagles built a 12-9 lead, but the Herd took four consecutive points to grab a 13-12 advantage. Southern Miss went on a prolonged run, taking ten of the next 12 points for a 22-15 lead and closed out the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.
“It was such a hard-fought match,” said Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs. “The players we went to battle with tonight fought their rear ends off. I loved the attitude that we showed and this group nearly pushed it to a fifth set. It wasn’t a win, but I liked a lot of what I saw out there.”
Marshall will head south next week, with a match at FIU on Friday at 7 p.m. and a showdown with Florida Atlantic on Sunday at 1:30.