Marshall to Face Morehead State for the 60th Time


Ally Kiekover going for the kill.

Ally Kiekover going for the kill.

Sep 3, 2013

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HUNTINGTON. W.Va. – Marshall volleyball will continue its rivalry with Morehead State on Wednesday night when they travel to Morehead, Ky. The 60th all-time meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. The Herd is 7-3 in the last 10 matchups against the Eagles.

“Morehead State is a great rivalry,” Head Coach Mitch Jacobs said. “The Eagles are a well-coached team and we always have great matches. It’s fun to play only an hour down the road because we get a lot of local fans to show up.”

Marshall enters the match 1-3 with its lone victory coming against Montana last Saturday. The Herd is led by senior outside hitter, Laura Der, who has recorded 37 kills and 47 digs. Der was named to the 2013 Preseason All-Conference USA team.

The Herd has been getting outstanding play from freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover, who has posted a .359 hitting percentage and 48 kills while averaging 3.00 kills per set over four matches. She also has eight blocks on the season, two solo and six assisted. Kiekover was named to the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament Team for her efforts.

Morehead State opens its home schedule against Marshall after starting the season 1-3 with a victory against Cincinnati. The Eagles finished last season with a 26-7 record and a lost to Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.  The Eagles were picked to finish second in the league’s East Division in a vote by head coaches and sports information personnel. 

MSU is led by senior outside hitter, Aryn Bohannon, who has tallied 36 kills with a .194 hitting percentage.  The Eagles senior libero Leslie Schellhaas was tabbed the Ohio Valley Conference volleyball Co-Defensive Player of the Week this past week. Schellhaas had a pair of 25-plus dig matches, recording 27 versus Tennessee and 26 in a four-set victory over Cincinnati. She also complied a .977 serving efficiency and a .958 receiving percentage as a primary passer over the weekend.