Oct. 4, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball drops a tough 3-0 (32-30, 27-25, 25-21) decision to Conference USA foe Tulane on Friday night in the Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd fall to 8-10 (2-1 C-USA) while the Green Wave improved to 16-2 (2-1 C-USA).
“We lost to a heck of a team tonight,” coach Mitch Jacobs said. “I’ve felt like our service game was pretty weak. When you play a team that good offensively, it really put our defense at a disadvantage.”
Marshall was led by senior outside hitter Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who tallied 12 kills with a .320 hitting percentage and nine digs. Senior middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) chipped in with 11 kills and a .458 hitting efficiency.
The Marshall squad came out swinging early in the match and jumped to a 4-0 lead over Tulane. The Green Wave slowly battled back into the set and tied it at 16 apiece. From that point forward the teams traded points and neither team refused to lose. A kill from Annie Shurtz of Tulane and an attack error by freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.) iced the match for the Green Wave, 32-30.
The second frame was almost the complete opposite of the first set for the Herd. Tulane came out strong and grabbed a 17-10 lead over Marshall. The Herd stormed back into the set by taking 12 of the next 17 points from the Green Wave. Once again the teams went back-and-fourth before Tulane eventually took the set 27-25 after a big kill from Tea Juric of the Green Wave.
“We were good offensively, had a few breakdowns with our ball control and that lead to point runs that we were unable to overcome,” added Jacobs.
After winning the first two set in extra points, the Green Wave came out with the momentum in the third set and took a quick 7-1 lead over the Herd. Marshall rallied back to pull the set within one at 20-19 before Tulane captured five of the last six points to win the final set 25-21.
“Now we put this one behind us and move on to Louisiana Tech on Sunday,” concluded Jacobs.
The Herd will continue conference action on Sunday when it takes on Louisiana Tech (7-11, 1-2 C-USA) at 1 p.m.