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Marshall Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker to James Madison

Dorothy Rahal on the jump serve.

Aug 31, 2013


Charlottesville, Va. -- Marshall volleyball dropped a tough decision to James Madison on Saturday evening at Virginia's Memorial Gymnasium, 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 12-25, 21-25, 6-15).

The Herd fell to 1-2 in the young season, while the Dukes picked up their first victory of the 2013 season.

"This was two matches in one," Head Coach Mitch Jacobs said. "We were playing so well and together and we were completely out working our opponent. From the onset of set three it changed, and we became the team getting outworked."

Freshman middle blocker, Ally Kiekover, posted a match-high 15 kills enroute to a .448 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter, Laura Der, recorded her second-straight double-double after collecting 14 kills and 18 digs.

"The emergence of Kiko (Kiekover) was great to see," said Jacobs.

Senior libero, Dorothy Rahal, tallied a match-best 19 digs, while junior setter Sammie Bane, collected a match-high 54 assists. Senior middle blocker, Sacha Byous-McConnell, posted her best match of the season by tallying 11 kills and hitting .222.

James Madison's sophomore outside hitter, Meghan Niski, led the team with 13 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, while teammate and sophomore defensive specialist, Mackenzie Kleespies, tallied a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs.

The Herd came out aggressive and took the first two sets of the match. James Madison struck back and took the third and fourth set. In committing nine errors in the final set, the Herd lost momentum and dropped the final match of the Jefferson Cup.

"I give James Madison all the credit," Jacobs said. "All players were tired, the gym was 90 plus degrees, but they (Dukes) were the ones that dug down as a group and found another gear. Hopefully, we found out a lot about momentum and will learn from it."

Marshall will travel to Richmond, Ky., on Monday to take on Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m. ET.