Oct. 4, 2012
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall looks to keep its undefeated home record intact with a 6:00 p.m. ET match against East Carolina on Friday in the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall is 14-5 (4-1 C-USA) for the season, winning the past three matches against Southern Miss, UCF, and SMU in five-set finishes. The Herd will look to repeat the 3-1 win against ECU as Marshall knocked off the Pirates in the Pirate Invitational in early September.
As a team, the Herd leads Conference USA in service aces and opponent hitting percentage and is tied for second in league play with UTEP and Rice. Outside hitters Laura Der and Katy Schad lead the Herd on offense, recording 255 and 245 kills respectively. Der leads the team with a 3.98 kill per set average and has a team-high 19 service aces.
Sophomore Sammie Bane has been the primary setter throughout the season, setting up 733 assists for a 10.18 assists per set average. Defensively, libero Dorothy Rahal has led the back row with 309 digs (4.29 per set), while freshman Jillian Shemanski has opened up her debut season with a team-leading 69 blocks, putting her sixth amongst C-USA players.
Marshall is looking to extend its 7-0 home record against the Pirates. The last time a Marshall team had as much success on the home court was in 2005, when the Herd marked an 8-0 home streak for their first eight home matches.
A LOOK AT ECU
The Pirates kick off the month of October with a road match at Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. After a rough September which saw ECU go 0-12, the Pirates hope to see their fortunes change along with the calendar.
East Carolina is currently 1-15 overall and 0-5 in Conference USA action. Junior Nicole Willis leads the way for the Pirates with a team-best 161 kills and is averaging 3.58 kills per set. She has also amassed 129 digs, 22 total blocks, 11 service aces and nine assists for a team-leading 183.5 points. Shelby Beasley has been consistent defensively for ECU in the back row. The junior from Winter Park, Fla., has registered a team-high 250 digs on the year to average 4.31 digs per set. She has also contributed 19 assists and leads the squad with 14 aces on the season.
Sophomore Zarah Cecich and junior Kasey Kavanaugh have been platooning at setter. Cecich currently leads the Pirates with 318 assists (6.62 assists per set), while Kavanaugh has posted 162 assists (4.38 assists per set). Senior Kelly Derby continues to dominate the net as she has put up a total of 69 blocks to lead the team. She is averaging 1.19 blocks per set.
The marshall volleyball match is being sponsored by Applebees in Barboursville. Applebee’s located at 19 Mall Road in Barboursville, is the proud partner of tonight’s Marshall Athletics Media Room. Applebee’s prides itself on serving good food to good people and have continued to provide a great relationship with Marshall University and Cabell County.