Marshall to Play in the UIC Invitational


Ally Kiekover

Ally Kiekover

Sep 5, 2013

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HUNTINGTON. W.Va. - Marshall volleyball will travel to Chicago to play in the UIC Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Thundering Herd will face UIC on Friday night at 8 p.m. before facing Denver and Chicago State on Saturday.  

Marshall enters the weekend 1-4 with its lone victory coming against Montana. The Herd has been getting outstanding play from freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.), who has posted a .317 hitting percentage and 52 kills while averaging 2.74 kills per set over five matches. She also has 11 blocks on the season, three solo and eight assisted. Kiekover was named to the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament Team for her efforts.

The Herd is led by Mitch Jacobs, who is in his 12th year as Marshall’s coach and 20th overall.

UIC has a 1-2 record after completing competition at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational at the U.S. Naval Academy this past weekend. The Flames defeated Elon, 3-1, before falling 3-1 to Navy and UNC Wilmington.

Junior middle hitter Sara Sternard paced the Flames and concluded the tournament with a .365 hitting percentage with 38 kills, and was named to the all-tournament team. Senior setter MaryKate Imrie tallied 133 assists in the three matches to average 11.08 per set. A Horizon League member, the Flames are led by Katie Schumacher-Cawley, who is in her fifth year with the program.

Denver enters the weekend after a successful showing in the Pioneer Classic on Aug. 30-31, going 4-2. The Pioneers are led by senior right-side hitter Colleen King, who has recorded 38 kills with a .263 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Moni Corrujedo has tallied 35 kills, 30 digs and seven total blocks.  A Summit League member, the Pioneers are led by Jesse Mahoney, who is in his second year with the program.

Chicago State enters the weekend 0-4 on the season.  The Cougars are led by junior outside hitter Valeria Desiderio, who has tallied 45 with a .133 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Mackenzie Lotter has recorded 126 assists while junior defensive specialist Mia Townsell has collected 35 digs.  A Western Athletic Conference member, the Cougars are led by Toby Rens, who is in his first year with the program.