Sept. 4, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall volleyball team travels to High Point, N.C., to participate in the four-team High Point University Classic on Sept. 5-6. The Herd will play Davidson on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Sunday double-header against Charlotte and High Point at 2 and 7 p.m. respectively.
In the first match of the tournament, the Herd will take on Davidson (0-4). The Wildcats dropped all four matches at the NC State Tournament to Campbell, Charleston Southern, Morgan State and the tournament-host.
Davidson is led offensively by junior outside hitter Sarabeth Peele, who averages a team-best 3.38 kills-per-set. On the defensive side, freshman libero Molly Crenshaw leads the squad in digs-per-set (3.50), while junior middle blocker Jorden Benedict tops the team in total blocks (15).
In the first of two matches on Sunday, the Herd will take the court against Charlotte (1-3). The 49ers enter tournament play after falling to Elon on Tuesday. The team opened the season with a victory against Wake Forest, 3-2, before dropping their last three matches.
Match two on Sunday will come against tournament-host High Point (4-1). After dropping their season opener to North Carolina Central, the Panthers have run off four straight victories. Junior outside hitter Megan Smith was named Big South Conference Player of the Week for her effort at the North Carolina Central University Tournament. On the season, Smith is averaging 4.19 kills-per-set, along with a team-best 15 service aces.
MU enters the tournament after sweeping the home-opening match against Charleston on Wednesday evening. With the win, MU improves to 4-0 on the season, the best start in program history since 1996.
Against the Golden Eagles, Kristin Marcum recorded a team-high 13 kills, Elizabeth Fleming dished out a match-high 40 assists and Katy Schad just missed a double-double with nine kills and nine digs on the evening. Cameron Yoho connected for a .900 attacking percentage with nine kills on 10 attempts with no errors.
Live stats for the tournament can be followed at:
High Point Classic Live Stats
The Marshall vs. High Point match can be watched at:
High Point Classic Live Video