Volleyball Falls in Five Sets to Memphis


Sammie Bane helped Marshall record 62 kills, earning 58 assists.

Sammie Bane helped Marshall record 62 kills, earning 58 assists.

Oct. 21, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball sent the match to five sets against Memphis on Sunday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center, but fell short in the final against the Tigers, losing 3-2 (25-18, 24-26, 25-17, 23-25, 13-15).

Marshall went 0-2 for the weekend and the two defeats mark the only two losses all season at home and in five-set finishes. The Herd dropped to 16-8 (6-4 C-USA) with the loss, while Memphis improved to 9-16 (4-6 C-USA).

Similar to Friday night's loss against UAB, Marshall was able to out-compete the Tigers in every statistical category, but unforced errors at the service line hurt the Herd in the end. Marshall committed 18 service errors on the day.

"We have to find a way to be confident and remember what it is to finish," said head coach Mitch Jacobs. "We are the same team, but we are just not playing the same way. Hopefully we will figure things out on our very long road trip coming up."

A positive for the Herd was the blocking effort as Marshall recorded 9.0 total blocks compared to Memphis' 7.0. Middle blockers Sacha Byous-McConnell and Jillian Shemanski led the team with four blocks apiece. Byous-McConnel also booked eight kills, while Shemanski added six.

Four Marshall players combined for over 10 digs including Laura Der, Sammie Bane, Dorothy Rahal, and Andrea Snipes-Booker. Rahal had a team-high 21 digs, while Snipes-Booker added a season-high 11 digs from the back row.

Outside hitter Katy Schad led the team on offense with 22 kills and a .360 hitting percentage after only committing four attack errors. She also combined for eight digs and two blocks.

Der followed with 19 kills of her own, while earning a double-double with 16 digs. Der and defensive specialist Hannah Bailey tied for the most service aces with two.

Setter Sammie Bane tied a season-high, recording 58 assists and helped Marshall grab the second-most kills earned all season with 62. The Herd finished with a total team attack percentage of .245, compared to Memphis' .192.

Marshall will hit the road for the next two weeks, starting with matches at Southern Miss and UCF this coming weekend. The Herd will play Southern Miss at 8 p.m. ET on Friday and follow with UCF on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.