Nov. 9, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball broke a seven-match losing streak by sweeping Tulane, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17), in the Cam Henderson Center on Friday afternoon.
Marshall improved to 17-12 (7-8 C-USA) with the win, while Tulane dropped to 6-20 (4-11 C-USA). The victory helps Marshall in its journey to the conference tournament as the Thundering Herd will improve its league standing, previously sitting at the final eighth place seed.
The Thundering Herd benefited from 13 service aces, while totaling 37 kills and a .216 hitting percentage to knock off the Green Wave.
Marshall's defense accounted for 5.0 (1 solo, 8 assists) total blocks and limited the Tulane offense to a .083 hitting percentage (25 kills, 18 errors, 84 attacks).
"I felt like we put a lot of pressure on Tulane in the service game," said head coach Mitch Jacobs. "We were able to come out and play defense consistently. Bigger than that, we were good on both sides of the ball. We played decent on offense and defense. When mistakes we made, we didn't harp on them we moved on. We executed in key times."
Outside hitter Laura Der led the Herd with 15 kills, three service aces and was one dig shy of her 18th double-double, earning nine. Her .244 hitting percentage helped Marshall finish with a team attack percentage of .216.
Sophomore Katie Potts earned a .300 hitting percentage, totaling four kills, while posting three service aces. Freshman Lauren Legge led in the aces category, booking a season-high four from behind the service line.
Middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell anchored the Herd defense with three blocks, while Legge and Potts each had two blocks assists. The defense didn't allow a single Tulane player to have double-digit kill counts and forced three Green Wave players to have negative hitting percentages.
Marshall will play its final regular season match against UTEP on Sunday afternoon. The match will feature "Senior Day" and start at 1 p.m. ET.