Nov. 8, 2013
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Marshall volleyball lost a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 25-20) decision to Conference USA foe Southern Miss Friday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
“It wasn’t our night,” coached Mitch Jacobs said. “We had some great individual performances but this just isn’t an individual sport. We need to find that competitive desire we had. It seemed to have left us since the WVU match.“
Marshall slipped to 14-14 (7-5 C-USA) on the season, while the Golden Eagles improved to 14-12 (5-6 C-USA) on the year.
The Thundering Herd was led by senior outside hitter Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who tallied 19 kills with a .281 hitting percentage and eight digs. Freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.) collected 12 kills, five total blocks and six digs while junior setter Sammie Bane (Brownstown, Ind.) recorded a double-double with 46 assists and 10 digs.
The Herd got off to a fast 3-0 start in set one before Southern Miss tied things at five all. The teams traded points for much of the set before Marshall was forced into a timeout, trailing 15-13. The Herd was forced into another timeout behind 23-20. Marshall was unable to gain any momentum to close out the set and dropped the first set, 25-22.
Southern Miss took an early 4-2 advantage in the second frame before Marshall tied things at four apiece. The Herd then went on a 7-3 run before the Golden Eagles pulled the set within one and forced Marshall into a timeout leading, 12-11. The Herd answered the energy that coach Jacobs called for during the timeout and went on a 10-7 run to force USM into a timeout down, 22-18. Marshall finished on a 3-1 run to win its only set of the match, 25-19.
Marshall came out sluggish to start the third set and was forced into a timeout trailing, 5-1. The Herd was able to rally and force the Golden Eagles into a timeout with a two-point lead, 12-10. USM came out flying after the timeout and finished the set with a 13-6 run to take set three, 25-16.
It was evident in the fourth set that the Herd was unable to match the energy level of Southern Miss. Marshall was forced into an early timeout trailing 8-4 and a second timeout down, 13-7. Southern Miss called a timeout after the Herd rallied off four-straight points to pull the set to 18-12. Marshall was able to pull to rally an 8-7 run to finish the set but fell, 25-20.
“It only gets tougher from here when we face Tulsa on Sunday,” concluded Jacobs.
The Herd will return to action on Sunday, when it travels to Tulsa, Okla., to face the Golden Hurricane at 1 p.m. ET.