Volleyball Prepares for Kent State Mizuno Classic
The Herd will play against Kent State, Liberty and Saint Francis (PA)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball heads to Kent, Ohio this weekend for the fifth annual Kent State Mizuno Classic. The Herd will take on Saint Francis (PA) on Friday and finish with Kent State and Liberty on Saturday.
Marshall (4-4) enters the match with a .500 record after coming out the victor in a five-set battle against Morehead State on Wednesday. The match gave the Herd a 4-0 home record for the season and broke a four-match losing streak.
The Herd is led by outside hitters Laura Der and Katy Schad, who both combine for four double-doubles on the season. Der has a team-high 3.39 kills per set average, while Schad leads the team in kills with 93.
Setter Sammie Bane posted 273 assists in the first eight matches. Sophomore Katie Potts has contributed 12 service aces and junior libero Dorothy Rahal has 103 digs. Defensively, freshman Jillian Shemanski leads the team in blocks with 19 at the middle blocker position.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
The Golden Flashes (2-4) are coming off a 3-2 comeback victory over South Florida. Freshman outside hitter Kelly Hutchinson leads Kent State with 74 kills and a 3.52 kills per set average. The Flashes' primary setter Aleksandra Nowak has 197 assists on the season while libero Hannah Herc has a team-best 3.14 digs per set. Sophomore middle blocker Liz Reikow has combined for 22 blocks.
Liberty (6-1) enters with a six-match win streak after falling to UNC-Greensboro in its season-opener. As reigning Big South Champions, the Flames have made five consecutive appearances in the Big South conference championship match. Freshman outside hitter Caroline Douglas leads Liberty with 88 kills and 3.03 kills per set. Setter Jade Craycraft has 261 assist on the season and Gabrielle Shipe records a team-high 109 digs. Five different players have over 10-plus blocks on defense for the Flames.
Saint Francis (PA)
The Red Flash (3-4) had a two-match win streak broken by Duquesne on Tuesday. Freshman hitter Hannah Kutny has 2.86 kills per set in her debut season and senior middle blocker Elizabeth Williams records the most kills and service aces with 66 and 13, respectively. Williams also leads the team in blocks with 26. Three different players have over 60 assists for Saint Francis, while Alanna Blenkarn leads the team with 131 assists. Defensively, 10 different players have 20-plus dig totals for the season.
KENT STATE MIZUNO CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 9
Marshall vs. Saint Francis (PA) 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Marshall vs. Liberty 1 p.m.
Marshall vs. Kent State 5 p.m.