Aug 30, 2013
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Charlottesville, Va.-- Marshall volleyball lost against Virginia Friday night at Virginia's Memorial Gymnasium, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 29-27).
The Herd fell to 0-1 in the young season, while the Cavaliers improved to 1-0.
"We were outplayed by a good margin at the net," Head Coach Mitch Jacobs said. "Virginia is very big and athletic. They got into our hitters on the block and we didn't do the same to them. Our floor defense was very solid but you've got to touch more balls at the net to force your opponent into errors."
Sophomore middle blocker, Jillian Shemanski, led all Herd players with nine kills while hitting .615. Senior libero, Dorothy Rahal, recorded 12 digs on the night while senior outside hitter, Laura Der, collected eight kills and two blocks. Junior setter, Sammie Bane, led the Herd with 23 assists.
"Sammie did a great job as the match went on forcing the speed and that helped us," also said Jacobs. "Taylor (Riedel) spread the ball around and got everyone into the match and when our passion rose, so did our play."
Freshman outside hitter, Cassie Weaver, opened her collegiate career with seven kills while hitting .267. The Herd finished at .147 hitting efficiency and collected four blocks.
Virginia's freshman outside hitter, Jasmine Burton, led all players with 14 kills while hitting .520. She also recorded five total blocks. Burton was named one of PrepVolleyball.com's Top 150 as a senior at Louisville High School in West Hills, Calif.
Virginia ended the match hitting .340 and recorded 10 total blocks.
The Herd came out sluggish against the Cavaliers in the first two sets before rallying in the third set, but ultimately losing the set 29-27. MU hit .250 as a team in the third set after only hitting .061 (1st set) and .080 (2nd set).
"It was a tough loss in set three, we really had our opportunities," also said Jacobs. "Tomorrow's another day and puts two more challenges in front of us to see what we are made of."
Marshall will face Montana at 10 a.m. and James Madison at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to conclude the Jefferson Cup tournament.