Nov. 2, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After a five-set back and forth match, Marshall was defeated by Memphis, 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 11-25, 12-25), on Friday evening in the Elma Roane Field House.
The Thundering Herd dropped to 16-11 (6-7 C-USA) and extended its losing streak to seven. Memphis improved to 10-18 (5-8 C-USA) and is now one match behind Marshall in the battle for the final seed to enter the Conference tournament.
Three different Herd players earned double-digit kills including middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell, and outside hitters Katy Schad and Laura Der.
"We battled at times tonight and at others we didn't give the energy and effort worthy to compete," head coach Mitch Jacobs said. "I'm frustrated for the kids right now. I wish I had some answers but all we can do is try to push through this. Playing your way out of a losing streak is the only way to do it. Just play with great effort."
Der and Schad both earned double-doubles on the night. Der booked the most kills with 14 and finished with 11 digs. Schad recorded 13 kills and 14 digs.
Byous-McConnell posted 11 kills and earned two blocks. Freshman Lauren Legge led the defense at the net with three block assists, while tallying seven kills.
Setter Sammie Bane finished with 41 assists and eight digs. She also recorded six kills and was clean in errors, finishing with a team-high .429 hitting percentage.
Libero Dorothy Rahal anchored the back row with a team-leading 24 digs.
Memphis was led by Altrese Hawkins with 16 kills, while Maja Kostic followed with 15 of her own.
Middle blocker Marija Jovanovic added 10 kills and seven blocks assists, while Katie Meyer led the defense with nine blocks.
The Tiger defense combined for 12.0 blocks, compared to Marshall's 4.0.
The two teams battled in the first four sets, splitting the games evenly to send the match into a deciding set. The Herd battled back from a five-point deficit to trail 13-12 in the final points of the game. The comeback fell short as a kill by Jovanovic helped seal the Memphis win.
The Herd will travel to UAB for its next match on Sunday. Marshall takes on the Blazers at 2 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Ala.