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No. 8 @HerdVolleyball Falls to No. 1 North Texas at C-USA Tournament

Jessa Long (left) and Amber Weber (right)
Nov. 17, 2017

Final Stats

Box Score (PDF)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – No. 8 Marshall volleyball put up a fight but could not hold on as top-seeded North Texas took the match 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 16-25, 12-25) in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.
Sophomores Jac’cara Walker (15) and Madison Hill (10) led Marshall in kills. Walker hit a .308 percentage in the match and senior Justice Craft hit .364. Sophomore Madelyn Cole had 38 assists and finished the season with 1,013. Freshman libero Jessa Long led the team in digs with 15.
“We came out just on point,” Herd coach Mitch Jacobs said. “But there’s a reason why North Texas is our Conference Co-Champion and the number one seed.
“It’s time now to look forward. I do think we use North Texas as our model. Our group this year is exactly where North Texas was last season. Almost identical records both for the season and in conference. Time for our team to take the next step I know it can for next year.”
The Thundering Herd came out firing in the first set. Marshall led from beginning to end as Craft, Hill and Walker had three kills each. The Herd’s largest lead of the set was eight after a block by Walker and Craft put the score at 18-10. Marshall scored the final three points to take the first set.
The Herd held a five point advantage in the second set at 11-6, but North Texas battled back to tie the set at 12-12. The remainder of the set was a back-and-forth battle until the Mean Green pulled it out in the end.
North Texas took control in the third and fourth sets to take the win and advance to the semifinals. North Texas awaits the winner of the No. 4 UTSA vs. No. 5 Florida Atlantic match and will play Saturday Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. Earlier on Friday, No. 2 WKU defeated No. 7 Charlotte 3-1, and No. 6 Southern Miss upset No. 3 Rice in five sets. WKU will play Southern Miss Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Marshall ends the season 11-19 and North Texas improved to 27-2.