Volleyball Travels Midwest for Weekend Matches|
Sept. 20, 2012
The Thundering Herd will face off against Tulsa at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday and travel to Dallas, Texas for a match against SMU on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Marshall volleyball (11-4, 1-0 C-USA) is coming off its third tournament title of the season after winning the East Carolina Pirate Invitational. The tournament gave the Thundering Herd its first league win after Marshall defeated East Carolina 3-1.
Senior outside hitter Katy Schad leads the team on offense with 187 kills, while recording 174 digs. Junior outside hitter Laura Der follows with 178 kills and a team-leading 3.87 kills per set average. After sitting out seven matches this season due to injury, middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell has emerged as a dominant hitter, recording the second-best hitting percentage in the league with a .347. Setter Sammie Bane has 548 assists and records 10.15 assists per set.
Defensively, libero Dorothy Rahal is coming off an East Carolina Pirate Invitational MVP selection and leads the team with 228 digs per set. At the net, freshman Jillian Shemanski has a team-leading 42 blocks. As a whole, the Herd leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage after limiting teams to a .165 percent average while also leading the league in service aces with 1.44 per set.
A LOOK AT TULSA
The defending Conference USA champions are 8-7 (1-0 C-USA) after recently defeating SMU on Wednesday. The Golden Hurricane are led by the best hitter in the conference, Tyler Henderson, who combines for a league-best 279 kills and 5.37 kill per set average. Kellie Culbertson and Diana Silva each tally over 125 kills for the season, while Culbertson leads the team in service aces with 24. On defense, Tulsa is led by Jessica Adams in digs and has five players with over 20 blocks for the season. Herderson and Ashley Hooper lead the corps with 29 blocks each. Setters Jordan Clampitt and Bailey Clampitt have been splitting time and have 380 and 273 assists, respectively. Tulsa leads the conference in kills with 14.47 per set as well as in digs with 16.86 per game.
A LOOK AT SMU
The Mustangs are 3-9 for the season and are searching for their first conference win. SMU currently is 0-3 in their home gym. Outside hitter Carolina Young leads the team with 150 kills and 3.49 kills per set. She also has a team-high 16 service aces. The setter spot is split between Olivia Bailey and Avery Acker. Bailey leads the team with 257 assists and 8.86 assists per set. Defensively, libero Susan Lewis leads the team with 136 digs, while middle-blocker Maddie Lozano has a team-leading 45 blocks with 39 block assists.