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Volleyball Brings Back the Golden Ball in a 3-1 Win Over West Virginia

Marshall Volleyball brings back the Golden Ball.

Nov. 25, 2011

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HUNTINGTON, W.VA. - In the final match of the season, Marshall (10-21) had five players tally double-digit kills to push for a 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-22, 25-23) win over West Virginia (7-19 )in the Golden Ball match.

Cameron Yoho led the team with 13 kills. Desirre Wilkerson followed with 12, while Sacha Byous-McConnell and Abby Tomas each recorded 11. Laura Der ended the match with 10 kills and also led the team with 4 service aces.

Ryanne Milligan recorded a career-high 29 digs in the match to help Marshall showcase some of their best floor defense of the year. The team combined for a season-high 97 digs during the contest. Dorothy Rahal and Andrea Booker followed Milligan's team-leading effort with 17 kills apiece.

Sammie Bane recorded her 14th double-double of the season in the final match of the season after posting 50 assists and 12 digs.

"From Ryanne Milligan's 29 digs, to five players recording double digit kills, to our six-zone players Dorothy Rahal and Andrea Booker combining for 34 digs, this was by far our highest energy performance and our best team effort of the season," said head coach Mitch Jacobs after the match.

Under Coach Jacob's direction, Marshall has taken home the Golden Ball nine times as the Marshall Volleyball program records a 9-1 record in the Jacob's era.

The competition began with Marshall setting the tone in the first set. The Herd never relinquished the lead throughout the entirety of the game, winning 25-19. Yoho and Wilkerson each collected four kills in the set.

The second set was a back-and-forth battle that ended in extra points. After taking the game to 25-25, West Virginia used a Marshall attack error and a kill by Kyle Armbruster to win the set, 27-25. Armbruster had a .455 hitting percentage and five kills in the match to help the Mountaineers win the set.

Marshall bounced back in the third set after establishing a 12-6 lead early in the match. The Herd never allowed West Virginia to climb back, winning the game 25-22. Byous-McConnell ended the set with five kills and a .667 hitting percentage.

The Herd closed out the match in the fourth set after fighting back from a 18-20 deficit to win the game 25-23. Marshall forced West Virginia to commit seven attack errors and slammed 15 kills as a team to help win the set.

"It's amazing to end the season with a win against West Virginia," commented senior Cameron Yoho after the match. "It's probably the best way to end my career here at Marshall. I'm so proud of my team and how hard they fought. Tonight couldn't get much better."

Yoho and Booker were honored before the match as the two members of the 2011 graduating class. Yoho, the lone senior of the team, will graduate with a major in exercise science. Booker, a junior, will earn her criminal justice major in three years and will also graduate with a minor in Spanish.

"I am really most proud to know that when Cameron Yoho and Andrea Booker think of their last match in the Cam Henderson center, they will always have a smile on their face," concluded Coach Jacobs after the victory.

Marshall ends the season with an overall record of 10-21, while finishing 10th in Conference USA play with a 8-12 standing.