Nov. 5, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – The Marshall volleyball team posted their fourth win in a row with a five-set fight against Houston that ended in Marshall’s favor, 3-2 (25-27, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 15-11). Abby Tomas led the team with 21 kills and three other Thundering Herd players had plus-ten kill counts.
Marshall moved to 8-16 overall and 7-7 in the conference while Houston, who was ranked second in Conference USA, dropped to 16-8 and 9-5 in C-USA play.
The Herd has now won three of the past four matches in 3-2 finishes and is undefeated (3-0) in five-set showdowns.
At the net, Marshall combined for their most kills of the season with 65. Abby Tomas continued to dominate offensively after recording her fourth match in a row with a plus-15 kill count. Her 21 kill performance was followed by Desirre Wilkerson and Sacha Byous-McConnell’s 13 hammers and Cameron Yoho added 11 kills herself.
Byous-McConnell was flawless during the match as she recorded all of her kills without obtaining any attack errors, allowing her to finish with a .565 hitting percentage
Defensivley, the Herd totaled 11.0 blocks (2 solo, 18 assists) to help grab the victory. Wilkerson contributed seven blocks (7 assists), while Laura Der had five blocks (5 assists). Four Marshall players had ten or more digs and Ryanne Milligan led her team with 19 digs.
Sammie Bane was one assist short of her career-high and posted 55 assists in the match.
During the match, Marshall and Houston traded sets back and forth, and it took a final deciding game to determine the victor. At one point in the final set, Houston took a three-point advantage at 9-6, but after a timeout taken by Head Coach Jacobs the Herd scored seven straight points to turn the tables and take a 13-10 advantage. After a smash from Wilkerson set up match-point, Byous-McConnell buried a kill for the final point to give Marshall the 3-2 victory.
"It was a great fight tonight," said Coach Jacobs after the match. "We had a very good team performance. Now we need to look at tonight's match and figure out the adjustments we need to make for tomorrow."
Marshall stays in Houston for the final match of the weekend. The contest starts at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night and will be offered through GameTracker, via www.HerdZone.com.