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@HerdVolleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller over FIU

Sophomore Jac'cara Walker.
Oct. 20, 2017

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Jac’cara Walker and Addisyn Rowe tallied 15 kills apiece as the Marshall volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the FIU Panthers, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 15-7), Friday evening in the Cam Henderson Center.
“I’m very proud of the fight from our girls tonight,” Herd coach Mitch Jacobs said. “I thought that in sets four and five, we played as together as a team as we have played this season.”
Madison Hill added 10 kills for the Herd (9-14, 4-4 C-USA). Madelyn Cole had 49 assists and 16 digs. Jessa Long led Marshall with 19 digs and Amber Weber had 14 digs. The Herd as a team had nine service aces and 10 blocks.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair until FIU pulled away with a 7-3 run to take a 20-16 lead. An ace by Weber cut the deficit to 22-20, but FIU took three of the final four points to close out a 25-21 opening set win.  
The Herd took an 8-3 lead early in the second set, using a six-point run to turn a one-point deficit into a five-point lead. Walker had a pair of kills and Kayla Simmons had a pair of aces during the run. FIU used a long run to tie the set at 11. Marshall used a late 5-1 run to take a 21-17 lead and closed out the second set, 25-21, tying the match at the intermission.
Neither team could separate from the other early in set three until FIU used a four-point run to take a 14-8 lead. The Herd responded with a seven-point run to take a 16-15 lead. Rowe had a pair of kills and the Herd had a pair of blocks during the run. A pair of late three-point runs by FIU put the Panthers in front, 24-21. FIU took the third set, 25-22.
The Herd opened the fourth set with a five-point run, prompting FIU to take an early timeout. The Panthers cut Marshall’s lead to a point with an ace in the middle of the set, but a late six-point Herd run put Marshall ahead, 23-14. Weber had a pair of aces and Walker had a pair of kills during the run. The Herd forced a fifth set by taking set four, 25-17.
Marshall continued its momentum from the fourth set into the fifth, taking seven of the first nine points. Justice Craft, Taylor Pelton and Hill had a kill apiece during the early stages of the set. Kills by Pelton, Walker, Craft and Rowe put the match out of reach for FIU as the Herd closed out a 15-7 final set win to complete its comeback.
“It was very exciting being on the bench and coaching this team,” coach Jacobs said. “It was great to watch them respond and play the way they did.”
The Herd hits the road for matches at WKU (Oct. 27) and Florida Atlantic (Oct. 29).