@HerdVolleyball Sweeps Charlotte
Madison Hill led with 16 kills
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall volleyball team swept the Charlotte 49ers Sunday afternoon, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-11) in the Cam Henderson Center. Sophomore Madison Hill led the Thundering Herd with 16 kills and a .429 hitting percentage.
“Today, I thought we played together and I thought we played hard,” Herd head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “Those are two things we have to do if we want to be in the match. This is a team that beat us earlier in the year. It’s up to us to try to take care of our remaining schedule the best that we can.”
Marshall improves to 10-17 and 5-7 in Conference USA action. Charlotte falls to 18-10 and 5-7 in conference play.
Sophomore Jac’cara Walker and senior Justice Craft each contributed seven kills. Sophomore Madelyn Cole finished with 30 assists and freshman Jessa Long had 17 digs. Freshmen Addisyn Rowe and Katie Jacques contributed three block assists each.
The Herd came out strong right from the start taking an 8-3 lead in the first set. Charlotte fought back, tying the set at 13-13. A 49ers service error gave the lead back to Marshall and the Herd didn’t look back. Hill ended the set with a kill to give the Herd the win.
Marshall kept the momentum going in the second set as Charlotte couldn’t get the deficit any closer than four. Hill had six kills in the second set including three of the final five points scored. Once again, the set ended on a kill by Hill and Marshall went into the break with a 2-0 lead.
The third set was all Marshall. The Herd started out with a 6-0 lead before Charlotte scored its first point. A 49ers service error and then a kill by Jacques gave Marshall a seven point lead and led to a Charlotte timeout. The Herd then extended the lead to double-digits during a 6-0 run with senior Kayla Simmons serving. Marshall scored five of the final six points to take the sweep.
“There are some players who did a few things for us that don’t get a lot of notoriety,” coach Jacobs said. “Kayla Simmons’ serving was something special today and the few digs that she had were at really big moments. I thought Jessa Long played her best match of the season after losing the libero jersey last match.”
Marshall has just two remaining matches in the regular season. The Herd travels to El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday for a match with UTEP. First serve is set for 8 p.m., eastern. Senior day for Marshall is Saturday Nov. 11 against UAB with first serve scheduled for 2 p.m.