Nov. 13, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS – Marshall Volleyball wrapped up the longest road-trip of the season with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-19) loss to conference opposition, UTEP.
With the loss, the Herd fell to 8-19 and 7-10 in Conference USA match-ups. UTEP improved to 19-11 and 9-8 in the conference.
Laura Der was the most productive player during the contest, recording a team-high 12 kills and a team-leading 13 digs. Despite being injured for six matches this season, Der has recorded 149 kills for the season and 211 digs as an outside hitter.
Sacha Byous-McConnell also added 11 kills and a season-high .611 (11 kills, 0 errors, 18 total attempts) hitting percentage during the match.
UTEP used solid defense to keep the Marshall attack at bay, finishing with 7.0 (3 solo, 8 assists) blocks, compared to Marshall’s 2.0 (1 solo, 2 assists).
Errors at the net also cost the Herd the match as four different Marshall players combined for 18 attack errors, while UTEP stayed fairly clean with only seven.
“After working so hard to come back in Friday night’s match (vs. UCF), it was disappointing to get out-worked today,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “We have four left this year and we need to get back to what we’ve done so well leading into this weekend, and the main thing was playing with everything we’ve got.”
In the first set, Marshall fought back from a four-point deficit at 17-13 to send the game into extra-points. Three Marshall players (Laura Der, Cameron Yoho, Abby Tomas) totaled four kills each in the match, but UTEP’s Jeane Horton’s six kill effort helped the Miners push past the Herd 28-26.
UTEP used the momentum in the first set to hold Marshall to 25-19 in the remaining sets and earn the three set victory. Horton led the Miners in kills with 17 slams, while Xitlali Herrera used 14 kills and a .542 hitting percentage to secure the win.
Marshall returns home for it’s next two matches and will face off against Memphis on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET and UAB on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to go to www.HerdZone.com to take advantage of the GameTracker live stats and free LiveStream video offered during the weekend.