Volleyball Ready for Cardinal Classic
The Thundering Herd will face Louisville, Duke and Samford
Aug. 30, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After opening the 2012 season by winning its own Thunder Invite, the Marshall volleyball team looks to ride its 3-0 momentum to the Cardinal Classic.
The Cardinal Classic is being hosted by the University of Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center and will include competition from Louisville, Duke and Samford.
The two-day tournament will start Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. ET as the Herd take on Samford in the first match. Marshall will follow with matches against Louisville at 11 a.m. ET and Duke at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Marshall started the season 3-0 this past weekend after knocking off Wright State, IUPUI and Miami (OH) in its first Thunder Invite championship title.
Senior outside hitter Katy Schad was awarded MVP of the tournament after swinging down a total of 50 kills in the two-day tournament. Schad was joined by freshman Lauren Legge and junior Sacha Byous-McConnell as All-Tournament selections.
Setter Sammie Bane was recognized by Conference USA for her efforts in the tournament as well, receiving C-USA Setter of the Week after accounting for 10.46 assists per set and helping the team to a hitting percentage of .225.
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A Look at the Competition
The Cardinals have followed their Big East conference championship in 2011 with a 3-1 record after coming in second in its own Active Ankle Challenge and beating Kentucky earlier this week. Senior outside hitter Lola Arslanbekova leads Louisville with 68 kills and a 4.53 kills per set ratio. Junior libero registers the most digs, totaling 85 and has a 5.67 digs per set average. At the net, senior middle blocker Gwen Rucker has been dominant, posting 19 total blocks for a 1.27 blocks per set average.
The Blue Devils (3-0) started the season with a tournament title after going undefeated in its own Duke Invitational. Freshman Emily Sklar has had an impressive start to her collegiate career, recording 33 kills and a 3.67 kills per set average. Setters Christina Vicich and Kelsey Williams have been splitting time and have 49 and 44 assists, respectively. Junior libero Ali McCurdy leads the team with 52 digs, while middle blockers Chelsea Cook and Christina Gray both have over 10 total blocks to start the season.
After winning the Southern Conference championship in 2011, the Bulldogs have started the 2012 season 0-3 after finishing in last at the Hurricane Invitational. Senior middle blocker Lauren Hutchinson leads Samford with 39 kills and a 3.00 kill per set average. Setter Casey Garvey has already registered 134 assists in the first three games. On defense, Alexis Bauer has a team-high 53 digs, while Katie Murphy and Elizabeth Neisler tie for the most blocks with six total blocks each.