Marshall Drops 3-1 Decision to UTSA
Volleyball loses second-straight conference match
Nov. 3, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball dropped a 3-1 (27-29, 25-18, 25-14, 27-25) decision to Conference USA foe UTSA on Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center.
“Now we know first hand how good McKenzie Adams can play,” coach Mitch Jacobs said. “We did some nice things early on her but she adjusted and had her way. That’s what great players do. As for us, we had every opportunity to take set four but didn’t play with the same energy we did through the first 20 points.”
The Thundering Herd slipped to 14-13 (7-4 C-USA) on the season while the Roadrunners improved to 18-7 (10-1 C-USA) on the year.
Leading the way for the Herd was senior Sacha Byous-McConnell (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who tallied 13 kills and a .542 hitting percentage while sophomore Lauren Legge (Pliny, W.Va.) collected 11 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Senior libero Dorothy Rahal (Venice, Fla.) recorded 23 digs.
“Sacha (Byous-McConnell) was once again fabulous, but UTSA was able to keep us from getting her the ball more,” added Jacobs. “Dorothy (Rahal) was great and it was nice to see Lauren work her way out of the early set struggles to finish strong for us.”
The first set was a classic battle between two teams who refused to give up. The intensity level was high throughout. UTSA and Marshall went back-and-forth for much of the set and the Roadrunners called its first timeout trailing 19-17. The team traded the rest of the points until Marshall was able to rally two-straight points to win 29-27.
Marshall came out sluggish in the second frame and trailed 7-4 early on. The Herd was able to battle back to tie things at nine apiece before being forced to call a timeout down 14-11. Marshall was forced into an additional timeout trailing 17-13. The Herd was unable to gain any momentum to finish out the set and dropped the second set, 25-18.
The third set was one to forget for Marshall. The Herd was unable to gain any momentum in the set and called its first timeout trailing 14-6. Coach Jacobs called a second timeout two points later after C-USA leader in kills, Mackenzie Adams collected both kills. Marshall ended up dropping the set 25-14.
The Marshall squad came out fighting after struggling in the third set and grabbed an early 9-5 advantage to force the Roadrunners into a timeout. The Herd kept on rolling and forced UTSA into another timeout leading 17-10. The Roadrunners sped out of the timeout and went on a 13-3 run to force Marshall into its last timeout. Each team traded the next few points before UTSA won the final set 27-25 behind two kills by Dajana Boskovic.
“We took a step backwards since Tuesday nights big win and now we have to find our ability to be efficient again as a team,” add Jacobs.
Marshall volleyball will return to action when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on Southern Miss, Nov. 8 before playing at Tulsa, Nov. 10.
“Come Tuesday we need to refocus and find a way to improve,” concluded Jacobs.