Volleyball Drops Contest to UCF, 3-1|
Oct. 28, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball wrapped up its weekend road trip with a loss to UCF on Sunday afternoon, 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 10-25, 20-25), at The Venue in Orlando, Fla.
Following Friday's loss to Southern Miss, the Herd went 0-2 for the weekend and was unable to snap a four-match losing streak. Marshall dropped to 16-10 (6-6 C-USA), while UCF earned its fourth win in a row and improved to 11-13 (8-4 C-USA).
Outside hitter Laura Der finished with a match-high 20 kills and combined for her 15th double-double of the season after booking 13 digs.
Senior Katy Schad also combined for a double-double, earning her 16th of the season after posting 11 kills and a team-high 16 digs. She was the most targeted defender as well, taking 38 serve receives.
Setter Sammie Bane recorded 46 assists and led the team with two service aces, while adding eight digs.
"It was good to see us play a little better today even though UCF was stronger," Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said. "They are playing their best ball right now and we are trying to rediscover our identity.
"I'm confident that we have the ability to get back on track to fulfill our goal of qualifying for the Conference USA tournament."
Marshall struggled to find open lanes in the UCF defense as the Knights totaled 13.0 blocks. Six different UCF players recorded a block, while DeLaina Sarden combined for a match-high seven blocks.
The UCF offense was also efficient, posting a team attack percentage of .379, which is the second-worst hitting percentage Marshall has allowed all season. UCF's Evija Vilde recorded a team-high 17 kills off a .350 hitting percentage, while Ashley Gialenios earned 16 kills off a match-high .536 attack percentage.
Marshall will play its final two road matches of the regular season next weekend. The Herd face off against Memphis at 8 p.m. ET on Friday and follow with a 2 p.m. ET match against UAB on Sunday.