Oct. 5, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball expanded on its undefeated home record with a 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-8, 25-21) victory over ECU on Friday evening in the Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd improved to 15-5 (5-1 C-USA), giving Marshall its most wins since recording 22 in 2009. The Herd also kept its home record clean, jumping to 8-0 in games played in the Cam Henderson Center. The record ties the 8-0 home court win streak set during the first eight league games of the 2005.
The Pirates dropped to 1-16 (0-6 C-USA) with the loss.
Outside hitter Laura Der led the team on offense with 20 kills and finished with her tenth double-double of the season, posting 14 digs as well. She only accumulated seven errors on the night, finishing with a .260 hitting percentage.
Junior middle-blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell followed with a career-high 18 kills and led the team in hitting percentage with a .364 mark.
On defense, the freshman duo of Jillian Shemanski and Lauren Legge continued to be a force at the net, leading the team in blocks. Shemanski had a team-high six blocks and Legge combined for five blocks.
Libero Dorothy Rahal, who ranks fourth in digs in C-USA, led the team with 22 digs. Senior Katy Schad put up 15 digs for the second-most digs on the team.
“It is a good win,” said head coach Mitch Jacobs. “We came back after a little bit of a letdown in set three and finished really strong. We kept our foot on the gas for a while.”
“East Carolina really started doing some good things in set four and they made it a close battle,” continued Jacobs. “We jumped out to a 10-1 lead, but they fought really hard. We just have to take care of business at home. We will keep going forward. We have five wins in the conference and no question, we need at least nine or ten to get in the tournament.”
Marshall jumped out to an aggressive start, winning the first set 25-21 after Byous-McConnell earned a .714 hitting percentage and five kills in the opening game.
East Carolina responded by taking a 16-9 lead over Marshall in the second set. The Herd scored 10 unanswered points to bring the game to 23-22, but was unable to finish the comeback, losing the set 25-22.
Following the ten minute intermission, Marshall limited ECU to a negative (-.115) hitting percentage in the third set and only allowed the Pirates four kills throughout the game. The Herd put up a team hitting percentage of .276 to win the set 25-8.
The Herd finished off the Pirates in set four with a 25-21 score. Der and Byous-McConnell each tallied six kills to seal the win.
The Herd will return to the Cam Henderson Center for a match against Rice on October 12 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to follow HerdZone.com for more information.