@HerdVolleyball Takes Down FIU, 3-1
Hill and Walker combine for 39 kills
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MIAMI – The Marshall volleyball team defeated the FIU Panthers, 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-13), Friday night. Sophomore Madelyn Cole had 43 assists and 17 digs, while fellow sophomores Madison Hill and Jac’cara Walker combined for 39 kills.
“Sets one through three were battles right to the end,” Herd head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “I’m not going to say it was always pretty volleyball, but both teams left it on the court and I’m so proud of our girls for putting in that kind of fight.
“Then to have things start going our way, and keep our foot on the gas in set four was great to see.”
In the first set, Marshall jumped out to an early 6-2 lead behind three kills by Hill. FIU then marched back to take the lead at 7-6. Marshall tied it back up at 10-10 and at 24-24, but just could not get in front of FIU. The Panthers took the first set 26-24.
The second set was a back-and-forth battle in the beginning as the lead changed hands four times when FIU took over at 11-10. Marshall kept it close until a kill by Hill gave the Herd the lead at 23-22. Two more kills by the Rockwall, Texas, native gave Marshall the set two win and tied the match at 1-1.
Set three was another closely contested battle. Marshall took an early 5-4 lead off a block by Hill and senior Justice Craft. FIU tied it up six times throughout the set but could never regain the lead. After a FIU service ace tied the score at 23-23, a kill by Walker and then a block by Cole and freshman Addisyn Rowe gave the Herd the 2-1 set advantage.
In the fourth and final set, FIU scored first but then Marshall took the lead at 5-4 and never looked back. The Thundering Herd outscored the Panthers 20-8, on the way to winning the match. Rowe contributed two blocks out of Marshall’s final three points.
“You can also give a huge assist to the Marshall men’s soccer squad,” coach Jacobs said. “They came in after their training session and just added a ton of energy that our team fed off of.”
The Herd improved to 7-12 and 2-2 in Conference USA action. FIU fell to 2-8 and 1-3 in conference play.
“2-1 on the road in league play is huge and another big fight is coming Sunday,” coach Jacobs added.
Next up, Marshall will travel to San Antonio, Texas, to take on UTSA. The match is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8, with first serve at 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time.