Oct. 30, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. - It took five sets, but the Marshall Thundering Herd volleyball team was able to knock off Tulane Sunday afternoon, 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12). Abby Tomas led the team with 22 kills and Ryanne Milligan had a 23 dig effort to help push the Herd to their second five-set win in a span of two weeks.
Marshall has now recorded three straight wins and posts a 7-16 (6-7 C-USA) standing, while Tulane dropped to 9-15 (4-9 C-USA).
The Herd opened up play Sunday afternoon in front of the largest crowd of the season, but had a bad showing in the first set. Tulane used a 14 kill performance with only one attack error to push past Marshall in the first set, 25-16.
Coach Jacob's team limited unforced errors in the second set and used three service aces along with a .348 team attack percentage (12 kills, 4 errors, 23 total attacks) to turn the tables and win the second set 25-19. Abby Tomas recorded five kills in the set.
In a match that was up and down all day, the Green Wave stole back the momentum in the third set and won 25-21. Tulane forced Marshall to less than a ten percent attack average (9 kills, 6 errors, 38 total attacks) to earn the set victory.
Using a seven kill effort from Tomas in the fourth set, Marshall tied the match up 2-2 with a 25-20 win to push the match to the deciding set.
Marshall rose to the challenge in the final set and made Tulane hit a negative team attack percentage (-.034) along with forcing them to commit eight attack errors to finish the game 15-12 and earn the match win. The victory is the Herd's second five-set win of the season, with the other five-set victory coming against SMU last weekend.
Tomas marked a career-high with her 22 kill performance and Milligan also set a career-best with her 23 digs. Marshall totaled 8.0 (4 solo, 8 assists) blocks, while Desirre Wilkerson (4 blocks, 1 solo, 3 assists) and Tomas (4 blocks, 2 solo, 2 assists) shared the top spot in the category. The team marked six service aces on the day and Milligan had the team-best two. Sammie Bane recorded 45 assists at the setter position.
"We got our first 2-0 weekend of the season with the win," commented Head Coach Jacobs. "It was incredible. Our whole pre-game talk with the team was you can't let down and just think that you have this. We want to take it, and you know what, we did."
The Herd travels to Houston next weekend for two 7:00 p.m. ET matches on Friday and Saturday. The matches will be offered through GameTracker, which can be located at www.HerdZone.com.