May 1, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball added Jessa Long (Dixon, Ill./Dixon HS) and Amber Weber (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS/USF) to its 2017 roster, head coach Mitch Jacobs announced Monday.
"Amber and Jessa gives us two more players who already understand how to play at a high level," Jacobs said. "Both will give us much needed help for our ball control and defense. They are excellent athletes and great competitors. I look forward to seeing who will win the libero job this fall."
Long was a four-time captain, a four-time MVP, four-year athletic scholar, four-year all-conference and all-area team member at Dixon High School. She received defensive player of the year honors and led her team to regional and sectional championships. Long finished high school with 1,518 digs, 548 kills and 168 aces. She had an area-best 561 and 520 digs in her freshman and sophomore season, respectively. Long has been involved with Sports Performance Volleyball, No Limits Volleyball and Fusion Volleyball clubs. Long plans to major in health sciences.
Weber comes to Marshall after spending her freshman year at the University of South Florida. She appeared in 23 matches and recorded 126 digs as a defensive specialist. She recorded four double digit dig matches with the Bulls. She helped her high school become the 4A state runner up as a senior by recording 444 digs. She excelled as a member of the Ocala Power United club and qualified for the USAV national tournament three times. Weber plans to major in dietetics.
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Marshall begins its 2017 season at the Austin Peay Tourney from Aug. 25-26. The Herd will compete against Missouri, Austin Peay and UMKC.