Nov. 18, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – Falling two sets early in the match, the Marshall Volleyball program battled back to send the contest into a final fifth set, but Memphis held on to force the Herd to suffer a 3-2 (25-22, 25-18, 13-25, 22-25, 15-12) defeat.
Marshall dropped to 8-20, 7-11 with the loss and Memphis improved to 18-13, 7-11 with the win.
Sammie Bane eclipsed the 1,000 assist mark for the season during the match, finishing the game with 52 assists. The freshman setter now has 1,037 assists for the year.
Cameron Yoho led the attack at the net, finishing with a team-high 17 kills, while Sacha Byous-McConnell added 11 and had the most efficient hitting percentage with .292. Laura Der also recorded 13 kills during the match.
Despite the loss, Marshall out-performed Memphis in most every statistical category. Defensively, Marshall showcased 10.0 (2 solo, 16 assists) blocks at the net, while Memphis only grabbed 5.0 (2 solo, 6 assist) blocks.
Marshall also out-hit the Tigers, posting 58 kills compared to their 55 and having nearly a 20 percent hitting percentage, compared to Memphis’ 16.7 percent.
Memphis looked like they were going to sweep the Herd early, winning sets one and two. In the first set, the Tigers used 16 kills and only three attack errors to record a 25-22 win in the first game.
In the second set, Marshall’s unforced errors proved the difference as the Herd had a -6.1 hitting percentage. The Herd committed 10 attack errors in only 33 total attempts and Memphis capitalized, winning the set 25-18.
After returning from the intermission, Marshall turned the tables and completely dominated the third set. Marshall had 12 kills and only two attack errors, while forcing Memphis to commit nine attack errors. The Herd also had two big blocks to limit the Memphis attack and keep the match going with a 25-13 victory.
The fourth set mirrored the results of set three as the Herd limited their unforced errors and made Memphis hit eight errors as a team. Der finished with five kills in the set, while the team totaled 16 kills and a 27.3 hitting percentage to win the set 25-22, sending the match to a deciding fifth set.
In the final set, Memphis came out strong, establishing an early 5-1 lead. Marshall cleaned up the defense and started to produce efficient hitting, trimming the Memphis lead to 11-10 at one point. In the end, Memphis would use two kills from Altrese Hawkins to put away the fifth set, 15-12, and take home the 3-2 win.
Marshall stays at home for their next match against UAB. The match is set to start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Follow the game through GameTracker or free LiveStream video, via www.HerdZone.com.