Marshall Looks to Continue Recent Success
Volleyball to play in the Michigan Invitational
Sept. 18, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. this weekend to take on No. 10 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio and Maryland in the Michigan Invitational.
The Herd will face Michigan at 11:30 a.m. and Ohio at 5:30 p.m. on Friday before taking on Maryland Saturday at 2 p.m. The Marshall-Michigan game will be featured in the Crisler Center, home of the Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Marshall’s matches against Ohio and Maryland will be played in the Cliff Keen Arena. The Herd enters the weekend 5-7 after defeating Southern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Kent State this past weekend in the Thunder Invitational. Marshall also has won four of its last five after dropping six of its first seven matches of the year.
The Herd is led by senior outside hitter, Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who has recorded 71 kills, averaging 2.96 per set and 81 digs. She has played in only six matches due to an injury. Marshall has been getting outstanding play from freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.), who has a team-high 117 kills, averaging 2.54 kills per set while also leading the team with 32 total blocks. Senior libero Dorothy Rahal (Venice, Fla.) has recorded 183 digs, averaging 3.81 per set and earned Marshall Thunder Invitational Most Valuable Player honors.
A Look at the Opponents
Scouting the Wolverines
The Wolverines enter the weekend 7-1 after suffering its first loss of the year at the hands of No. 16 Florida State. Sophomore Tiffany Morales is second in the Big Ten with 4.41 digs per set, while classmate Krystalyn Goode comes in at third in blocks per set (1.44/s). Junior Lexi Dannemiller is fourth in assists per set (10.78/s). As a team, Michigan is fourth in the Big Ten with a .263 hitting percentage. U-M also is fifth in assists (12.83/s), kills (13.97/s) and digs (15.00/s). Michigan is led by coach Mark Rosen, who is in his 15th year with the program.
Scouting the Bobcats
The Bobcats are entering the weekend 8-1 after winning the Western Kentucky Invitational this past weekend, defeating then-No. 21 Western Kentucky, UNLV and Virginia. Ohio moved up to No. 24 in the AVCA Coaches Poll after being unranked before the WKU Invitational. Katie Horton was named the tournament’s MVP, averaging 2.82 kills a set in the three matches. Kelly Lamberti leads Ohio with 3.32 kills per set, while Meredith Ashy is averaging 4.61 digs a set. At the helm for Ohio is coach Ryan Theis, who is in his sixth year with the program.
Scouting the Terrapins
The Terrapins enter the weekend 8-1 after capturing the Maryland Invitational title this past weekend with wins over New Hampshire, George Mason and Villanova. Mary Cushman was named the tournament’s MVP and had 12 kills in the GMU win. She is averaging 3.28 kills per set, while Ashleigh Crutcher is at 3.72 kills a set. Leading Maryland is coach Tim Horsmon, who is in his sixth year.