Nov. 12, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. – After falling down two sets against the Knights of UCF, Marshall volleyball was able to rebound and force a fifth set but in the end was downed in the final set on Friday night at UCF.
All sets were closely contested between the Herd and the Knights (25-27, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 15-12). This was the fourth straight match in a row Marshall has finished in five sets.
The Herd was led by Cameron Yoho who was the top spot on the squad in kills with 20 as well as in points with 22.5, plus she added a .312 hitting percentage. Abby Tomas’s also added 17 kills and Sacha Byous-McConnell led the team in hitting percentage with a .444 (16 kills, 4 errors, 27 total attempts) average.
Sammie Bane set a new career record in the assists category after earning 64 set-ups during the five-set contest. This marks the third game in a row that the setter has reached the 55-assist plateau.
Ryanne Milligan added 25 digs in the match, setting a new career-high for the libero. She now totals 342 digs for the year.
Marshall would lead the majority of the first set, even going up two points with only point needed for the win, but three straight kills by UCF brought the score to 25-24. Yoho would knock down one of her career-tying 20 kills to bring the score even at 25, but UCF would be victorious by grabbing two straight points to win the set.
After falling in the second set, Head Coach Mitch Jacobs rallied his Thundering Herd Volleyball squad and picked up two straight wins in the third and fourth sets.
During the third set, Marshall got to work after quickly falling behind 4-1. Following two straight errors from UCF’s Rachel Vukson, Marshall never looked back as five kills apiece in the set from Tomas and Yoho would be enough to win the game 25-20.
was pivotal in the fourth set as she paced her squad with six kills during the game, including a clutch kill to notch the set at 20 apiece. Marshall went on from there to capture the set 25-21 thanks to four attack errors from UCF in the last five points.
In the fifth and final set, the Knights were able to pull ahead quickly as they went up 7-3. The Herd did it’s best to keep things close as Byous-McConnell recorded a .667 hitting percentage during the firth set. However, UCF was just too much as they took the final set 15-12 to capture victory.
The defeat drops Marshall to 8-18, 7-9 in C-USA on the season while UCF improves to 17-10, 9-7 in C-USA.
Marshall continues onto El Paso, Texas for a Sunday match against the Miners of UTEP. The Herd looks to avenge a previous match-up this year, in which UTEP sunk the Herd 3-1.The contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.