Oct. 13, 2005
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
The first-place Thundering Herd volleyball team is back in action this weekend in C-USA play on the road at UAB and Memphis. The Herd hits the court in Birmingham to take on the Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday night and then travels to Memphis to take on the Tigers at 1 p.m. Sunday.
With its 13-4 overall record and 5-0 mark in Conference USA play, the Thundering Herd is the only unbeated team in league play. Marshall also climbed to the top of the AVCA Midwest Regional Rankings this week. It is the first time in program history the Herd has been ranked No. 1 in its region.
The Herd comes in winning a season-best six matches in a row and its last 13 of 15.
UAB comes into the weekend with a record of 11-3 overall and a 2-2 mark in conference play. Memphis is 11-9 overall and tied for second in C-USA with a 3-1 record. The Blazers come into the weekend fresh off of handing Memphis its first conference loss, 3-2 last Sunday. UAB's Ivana Bozic is fourth in C-USA with 4.67 kills per game.
The Herd is dominating on both sides of the net statistically in C-USA. The Herd leads in hitting percentage (.260), opponent hitting percentage (.148), assists per game (15.02) and blocks per game (2.52). Individually, Kelly-Anne Billingy leads the league in kills per game with 5.57, three players, Billingy, Nickie Sanlin and Stephanie Cahill are in the top ten in hitting percentage, Katie Stein leads in assists per game with 14.14 and Cahill is second in service aces.
Billingy and Stein are both ranked fifth in the nation in kills per game and assists per game respectively.
In C-USA play only, Marshall's numbers are even more impressive. As a team, Marshall is hitting .335 in league play and holding opponents to a stingy .098. The Herd is also on top in kills per game with 17.4 and assists per game with 16.47 and second in both aces and blocks.