Gray Team Rallies Past Black Team in @HerdVolleyball's Scrimmage
Senior Cassie Weaver had a match-high 25 kills
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball opened its 2016 season with an intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday at the Cam Henderson Center. The gray team rallied to defeat the black team, 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-8, 25-23, 16-14).
"It was fun for the team to just play without much direction," Herd coach Mitch Jacobs said. "I thought we looked quite good for only having six practices."
The gray team featured seniors Allie Kellerman, Ally Kiekover, Taylor Riedel, Cassie Weaver, juniors Justice Craft, Kayla Simmons, sophomores Kassidy Lemons, Lauren Mattmuller and Zoe Schreiber.
The black team consisted of sophomores Shelby Conley, Jayden Jacobs, freshmen Madelyn Cole, Madison Hill, Tiffany Isaacs, Audrey Shannon, Katie Smith and Jac'cara Walker.
The Herd's black team came out strong by winning the first two sets of the match. The team was led by Hill with 14 kills and a match-high .542 hitting efficiency. Cole was just as good as she posted a triple-double with 10 kills, 19 assists and a team-high 21 digs. Cole and Jacobs were tied for a team-high 19 assists. Walker posted a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs, while Isaacs had seven kills and was hitting at .400 percent. Shannon was second on the team with 18 digs.
"I loved the way our younger players played without fear and just enjoyed the game," coach Jacobs said. And in turn, to see how the veterans were able to turn up their intensity at key moments was a big positive."
The veterans did turn up their intensity for the Herd's gray team. After trailing 0-2 to start the scrimmage, the team dominated in the third set by claiming a 25-8 victory. The set win helped change momentum and propelled the gray team to win the next two sets and the match. Weaver led the gray team with 25 kills, while Kiekover followed with 22 kills and held a .528 hitting efficiency. Simmons collected 53 assists in the match. Kellerman had a team-high 20 digs and Craft recorded 10 kills. Schreiber and Mattmuller each had five kills.
"If we can see ourselves as one target, we will find the right path for a great year," coach Jacobs said.
Marshall will host its annual Green and White game next Sunday at 1 p.m. inside the Cam Henderson Center. The Thundering Herd opens its season on Friday, Aug. 26 against Evansville at the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.
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