Oct. 18, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball knocked off Conference USA foe East Carolina, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) on Friday evening in the Cam Henderson Center. With the victory, coach Mitch Jacobs scored his 400th career victory and his 218th victory at Marshall.
“It feels really good to get my 400th career win with a big conference victory,” Jacobs remarked. “But with that being said, I’m more worried about getting my 401st win on Sunday against UAB.”
The Thundering Herd improved to 11-11 (5-2 C-USA) on the season while the Pirates slipped to 10-13 (1-5 C-USA) on the year.
The Marshall squad was led offensively by senior outside hitter Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who tallied 13 kills while collecting seven digs. Fellow senior Dorothy Rahal (Venice, Fla.) led the Herd on the defensive end with 15 digs.
Marshall jumped out to a quick 17-5 lead over ECU in the first set. The Pirates called a timeout down 21-9 to rally its troops and battled to get the set within five points before the Herd, behind a big kill from Der, was able to finish off the set, 25-19.
The second frame started out similar to the first for Marshall as it forced ECU to call a timeout down 14-8. The Herd was able to keep its momentum out of the break to take a 22-12 lead over the Pirates. ECU started to crawl back into the set and forced Marshall into a timeout at 23-17. The Herd was able to take the set by forcing ECU into two attack errors, winning the set 25-18.
The Pirates came out fighting in the third set and tied it at 4 all, early in the set. The Herd was able to answer ECU’s early momentum and went on a 9-5 run to grab a 14-9 advantage. The Pirates were able to pull within two at 19-17 before Marshall ended the set with a 6-1 run to win 25-18.
“I was really happy about how we came out and played tonight,” Jacobs said. “I was impressed with how we responded in the third set after East Carolina was able to pull within two.”
Marshall will travel to UAB to continue its conference schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.