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@HerdVolleyball Hosts West Virginia in the ‘Battle for the Golden Ball’

Sept. 11, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall volleyball team closes out its four-match homestand with the Battle for the Golden Ball against West Virginia on Tuesday at 6 p.m., inside the Cam Henderson Center.
Senior Taylor Pelton and sophomore Madison Hill were named to the Thunder Invite All-Tournament Team. Pelton had a team-high 37 games over the three matches against Virginia Tech, Toledo and Maryland. Hill had 21 kills with a .375 hitting percentage and seven blocks.
Marshall (3-8) handed Virginia Tech its second loss of the season last Friday. The Thundering Herd defeated the Hokies in three sets. The Herd was led by Jac’cara Walker with 13 kills and four aces, while Madelyn Cole had 36 assists and nine digs.
West Virginia has started its 2017 campaign off strong, as it boasts a 7-2 overall record. The Mountaineers’ only losses have come against No. 2 Minnesota and No. 6 Penn State. WVU has defeated Delaware, UT-Martin, Tennessee, UTSA, Tennessee Tech, Harvard and Wright State.
The Mountaineers are led by sophomore outside hitter Payton Caffrey on offense with a team-high 103 kills (3.43 kills per set). Senior middle blocker Mia Swanegan and sophomore outside hitter Katelyn Evans are also threats on offense. Swanegan has 86 kills at a .331 clip, while Evans has 71 kills.
Marshall 3, West Virginia 2
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
The Thundering Herd reclaimed the ‘Golden Ball’ from in-state rival West Virginia in the nightcap of day one of the West Virginia Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va. Marshall won the final two sets to edge out the Mountaineers in a five-set thriller. Jac’cara Walker finished the match with 12 kills, while Madison Hill had 11 kills and seven blocks. Madelyn Cole dished out a team-high 30 assists and had 10 kills and nine digs.
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Marshall will wrap up non-conference action this weekend at the Rocky Top Classic hosted by Tennessee. The Herd will open the invitational against the Volunteers on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Marshall closes out the tournament on Saturday against Furman at Noon ET and USC Upstate at 4:30 p.m. ET.