Sept. 24, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After defeating rival West Virginia in the battle of the Golden Ball trophy for the eighth-consecutive season on Wednesday night, Marshall volleyball will host Conference USA opponents Southern Miss on Friday at 6 p.m. and UCF on Sunday at 2 p.m.
SOUTHERN MISS – Friday at 6 p.m.
Southern Miss (13-2, 1-0 C-USA) travels to Huntington after winning two-of-three at the Radisson-UCF Classic, including wins against UCF and Florida A&M. Ashley Mell, an outside hitter, was named C-USA Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 21 for her individual performance in the tournament. Mell was named to the all-tournament team and averaged 4.08 kills-per-set in the three match tournament.
Kelsea Seymour was named C-USA Setter of the Week after dishing out 10.31 assists-per-set and 3.50 digs-per-set to join Mell on the all-tournament team. She has registered 10 double-doubles, which is tops in the C-USA and also ranks fourth in the conference in helpers per set at 10.15.
UCF – Sunday at 2 p.m.
UCF (8-6, 0-1 C-USA) hosted the Radisson-UCF Classic, dropping all three matches, two of which lasted five sets (Southern Miss and Florida A&M). The Knights have been a streaky team, with five-straight victories to open the season and four-straight losses entering the weekend. UCF will play in Greenville, N.C., to take on East Carolina on Friday prior to playing the Herd.
Outside hitter Erin Campbell tops the Knights in kills with an average of 3.42 per set. Meredith Murphy leads the squad in digs on the season, 231, while Sara Rex averages 1.02 blocks-per-set, good for fourth in C-USA.
Marshall (13-2, 1-0 C-USA) enters the weekend slate of games, winners of three in a row, with victories at Morehead State (3-1) and vs. East Carolina (3-1) and WVU (3-1) at the friendly confides of the Cam Henderson Center.
Emily Sullivan, Elizabeth Herman and Kristin Marcum continued to provide a balanced attack on the offensive side of the court in the win against the Mountaineers. Sullivan and Herman tied for match-high honors with 14 kills each, while Marcum sported a double-double of 12 kills and 11 digs. It marked her sixth double-double of the season. Sullivan chipped in with five block assists and a pair of digs, with Herman adding four digs and a block assist.
Fleming recorded her team-best seventh double-double of the season with a match-high 44 assists and 10 digs, along with four kills and two block assists. It marked the ninth time this season that Fleming has surpassed the 40 assist plateau.
Both matches can be viewed on Game Tracker by logging onto www.herdzone.com. The match against UCF can be viewed on CBS College Sports. For more information on match reruns, log onto www.cbscollegesports.com.