Thundering Herd Look To Keep Pace In MAC With Match Against Western Michigan Friday





Thundering Herd Look To Keep Pace In MAC With Match Against Western Michigan Friday

10/17/2002

HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—After two road wins last weekend at Northern Illinois and Bowling Green, the Marshall volleyball team returns home to take on Western Michigan in important Mid-American Conference play Friday night. The Herd, currently second behind Akron in the MAC East Division with a 5-1 record, hopes to continue its best start in league play since 1998.

The Broncos enter Friday night’s play at 14-14 overall, 3-3 in conference play. However, WMU is coming off a split with two of the top teams in the MAC last week. They took out Eastern Michigan, a team that gave Marshall their only loss, and lost a hard fought game to the Akron Zips, who lead the Herd in the East Division with a 7-0 conference mark.

Marshall (14-5) enters this weekend with the best turnaround in Division I, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Senior Heidi Kuethe leads the Herd in hitting percentage with a .290 average, the fifth best in the Mid-American Conference. Junior Tracey King leads the Herd with 252 kills, while freshman setter Katie Stein is averaging 11.3 assists per game.

Tomorrow night’s match starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.