Oct. 6, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball won 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-19) to Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech on Sunday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd improved to 9-10 (3-1 C-USA) while the Lady Techsters dropped to 7-12 (1-3 C-USA).
“The biggest thing today was that we needed to bounce back from Friday night,” coach Mitch Jacobs said. “It was Tulane’s night on Friday and we really needed one for us and today was it.”
Marshall was led by senior outside hitter Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who tallied 16 kills with a .333 hitting percentage and 12 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Legge (Pliny, W.Va.) chipped in with 9 kills and a .263 hitting efficiency.
“Der played fantastic today,” added Jacobs. “She the best player on the team but we have a number of really good players on this team and they stepped up today.”
The Marshall squad came out swinging early in the match and jumped to a 4-0 lead over LA Tech. The Lady Techsters slowly battled back into the set, taking two of the next three points to cut the deficit to 5-3. From that point forward the Herd took control scoring four in a row. The Herd put up 14 kills to take set one from the Lady Techsters 25-14.
The second set started slower for the Herd with LA Tech taking the first point. The Herd traded points with the Lady Techsters to tie the score at two apiece. The Herd went on an eight point run to push its lead to 10-2. Marshall took the set 25-11 after a big kill from Elyse Panick (Chicago).
After winning the first two sets, the Herd came out with the momentum in the third set and took a quick 5-1 lead over LA Tech. The Lady Techsters rallied back to make it 15-12. The Herd took the next two points to advance the lead to 17-12. The Herd held off a comeback attempt to take the final set 25-19.
“Our defensive today was very good, as soon as we started to focus on the offense it started to become a close game,” commented Jacobs. “That’s kind of what happened against Tulane because we tried to match them offensively and I tried to get our players to focus on the defense because they are better offensively than us.”
The Herd will continue conference action when it travels to Rice (4-13, 1-2 C-USA) on Friday. The match is set to start at 8 p.m. ET.