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Marshall Ready for Home Opener

Sacha Byous-McConnell going for the spike.

Sep 9, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball will welcome East Tennessee State to the Cam Henderson Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. its 2013 home opener. Marshall (2-6) looks to start its home action with a win after going 1-2 this past weekend in the UIC Invitational.

“I’m looking forward to finally playing at home Tuesday night,” said Head Coach Jacobs. “We are really excited to get in front of a friendly crowd.”

Senior middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) earned a place on the UIC Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the Herd with 33 kills with a .491 hitting percentage and five total blocks. Byous-McConnell ranks second on the team with 71 kills this season, behind freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.), who has 81. Byous-McConnell’s .342 overall hitting percentage ranks sixth in Conference USA.

Also at middle blocker is Ashley Arnold (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), a transfer from Winthrop, who leads the team in blocks (21) and blocks per set (1.05).

East Tennessee State (3-4) heads to Huntington after a 1-2 performance at the Kentucky Classic this past weekend. The Bucs defeated Liberty, but fell to Virginia Commonwealth and host-school Kentucky.

Senior outside Megan Devine leads ETSU with 65 kills, averaging 4.33 kills per set while junior middle blocker Meredith Hardy boasts an impressive .408 hitting percentage behind 38 kills for the Bucs.

“ETSU is going to be a challenge”, Jacobs added. “They won the Atlantic Sun a year ago and will be in contention again this year. I’m looking forward to see how the girls react to this type of adversity.”

Marshall and East Tennessee State last met in 2012, with ETSU picking up a 3-1 victory. ETSU holds a 27-14 overall series advantage over the Herd. Under Jacobs, Marshall is 1-1 all-time against the Bucs.

Catch every minute of play for the Thundering Herd on Marshall’s student station, WMUL-FM 88.1.  All home matches will be broadcast on the radio and online. The online production can be found at

All volleyball matches can also be followed through GameTracker live statistics and Live Stream Video. Both of these productions can be found at the volleyball schedule on

Follow live updates as well on Marshall volleyball twitter account @HerdVolleyball and be sure to visit for recaps and releases.