Aug. 9, 2017
Conference USA Official Release
IRVING, Texas – Marshall volleyball sophomores Madison Hill and Jac’cara Walker have been named to the 2017 Conference USA Volleyball Preseason Team, the league announced Wednesday.
The team featured the conference’s top 13 players, including the Preseason Player of the Year. Marshall was predicted to finish fifth in the 13-team Preseason Poll as selected by C-USA coaches.
Hill earned All-Conference USA second team accolades and was a member of the C-USA All-Freshman team last season. The Rockwall, Texas, native set a new Marshall single-season record with a .418 hitting percentage. She ranked eighth in the NCAA and first in C-USA. Hill was first on the team in blocks with 79 and fourth in kills with 229.
Walker collected C-USA All-Freshman team honors last season as she was one of Marshall’s primary outside hitters. She finished the season second on the team in points (367), kills (336) and aces (22). Walker was also a threat on defense by ranking fifth on the Herd for blocks with 29. The Gainesville, Fla., native ranked 10th in C-USA for kills per set with 3.26.
The Thundering Herd will host two scrimmages prior to the start of its regular season. Marshall will play the annual Green and White intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. The final scrimmage will be held on Friday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky University. Both scrimmages are open to the public for free and will be held in the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall starts its 2017 regular season at the Austin Peay Tourney in Clarksville, Tenn. The Herd opens the tournament against Missouri and Austin Peay on Friday, Aug. 25. Marshall finishes the tournament on Saturday against UMKC.
Below is the complete list of C-USA preseason accolades:
2017 Conference USA Volleyball Preseason Team
*Alyssa Cavanaugh, WKU, Sr., OH
Jessica Lucas, WKU, Sr., S
Rachel Anderson, WKU, Jr., MH
Catherine Repsher, Southern Miss, So., OH
Sarah Bell, Southern Miss, Jr., S
Amanda Chamberlain, North Texas, Sr., MB
Holly Milam, North Texas, Sr., MB
Madison McDaniel, Rice, Sr., S
Portia Okafor, Rice, Sr., MB
Madison Hill, Marshall, So., MB
Jac’cara Walker, Marshall, So., OH
Abbi Reid, Florida Atlantic, Jr., RS
Marijeta Runjic, UTSA, Sr., OH
* - C-USA Preseason Player of the Year
2017 Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. WKU (11)
2. Rice (1)
4. Southern Miss
6. North Texas
7. Florida Atlantic
9. Middle Tennessee
10. FIU (1)
12. Louisiana Tech