Marshall to Open Conference Play|
Sept. 24, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va – Marshall volleyball will open Conference USA play this weekend when it travels to Florida Atlantic (7-5) on Friday and FIU (6-6) on Sunday.
“This is always an exciting time of the year and this year even more so,” coach Mitch Jacobs remarked. “It’s been a while since we’ve had so many different teams on the schedule. I think it’s going to be very exciting for our upperclassmen as well since they will be going to new places.”
Marshall enters the weekend 6-9 after defeating Maryland in the last match of the Michigan Invitational last Saturday. The Herd is led by senior outside hitter, Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who has recorded 102 kills, averaging 2.83 per set and 115 digs. Marshall has been getting outstanding play from a pair of trio of freshmen Cassie Weaver (Huntington), Elyse Panick (Chicago) and Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Kiekover leads the team with 144 kills while Weaver has tallied 114 and Panick has 104.
Freshman outside hitter Panick earned her first all-tournament honors in the Michigan Invitational. During the tournament, she recorded 30 kills and 17 digs with her best performance coming in the upset win over Maryland where she tallied 16 kills while hitting .270 and 15 digs.
“We are opening against two good opponents that we have never seen before,” Jacobs commented. "Both are playing well right now and I hope we can go on the road and hopefully steal a win or two.”
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