Nov. 5, 2011
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Marshall volleyball took their Saturday night match against Houston to a five-set decision, but the Cougars came out on top, 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12). The contest was the third straight match in a row the Herd has finished in five sets and the loss ended Marshall’s four-win streak.
The defeat is also the first five-set loss of the season for Head Coach Jacob’s program and gave the Herd a 8-17, 7-8 C-USA record. Houston improved to 17-8 and 10-5 in Conference USA.
Marshall entered the match with momentum from the 3-2 victory just the night before over Houston and started the match with a 25-23 win in the first set. Laura Der helped set the tone in the set with two service aces, while Abby Tomas and Cameron Yoho each had six kills. Yoho also recorded a .556 hitting percentage (6K, 1E, 9TA) in the opening game.
Houston returned the favor in the second set and pushed past Marshall 25-22 to tie the match. The Cougars used a seven kill effort from Katie Norris and five slams from Kadi Kullerkann to take the win.
Once again, the tables turned in the ensuing set as Marshall beat the Cougars 25-22 in the third game. Yoho again had six kills, while Ryanne Milligan posted six digs and Dorothy Rahal followed with five digs.
With Marshall trying to close out the fourth set for the win, Houston held strong and won the fourth set to send it to the 15-point final set. Houston won the fourth game 25-22 despite Marshall hitting a .324 team hitting percentage (14K, 3E, 34TA). Throughout the entire weekend, neither team was able to win two sets in a row.
Marshall had recorded a 3-0 record in matches that went to five-sets on the year, but Houston put a stop to the trend as the Cougars never relinquished a lead for the entirety of the fifth set. Houston used 10 block assists in the set to limit the Herd attack and win the set 15-12.
Yoho finished the match with a new career-high in kills for herself with 20 hammers. Abby Tomas added to her team-leading total with 15 kills on the night. Der collected 10 kills and only had one error in the five sets, giving her a personal season-high .429 hitting percentage. Der finished with her second double-double of the season after combining 11 digs with her 10 kills
Sammie Bane also recorded a double-double after tallying a career-tying 56 assists and 15 digs. It is her ninth double-double of the season. “Sammie really had an incredible weekend,” commented Jacobs on his primary setter. “She is a tough kid and as she is developing, the team is also grasping their roles and that is why we are going in the right direction.”
On defense, Milligan totaled a team-high 21 digs in the match and Katy Schad followed with 16 of her own. Yoho had the most blocks with three (1 solo, 2 assists).
“It was another long battle that went back and forth, but ended the opposite of last night,” added Jacobs after the match. “Houston just wanted it more. We put up a good fight, playing the No. 2 team in the league. We had two outstanding battles this weekend. Give credit to Houston for continuing to believe in themselves.”
Marshall will return to the road for two matches against UCF and UTEP next weekend. The Herd will face UCF on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET and will then travel to El Paso, Texas to for a 2:00 p.m. ET match on Sunday.