Herd Volleyball Falls to Miami 3-2
OXFORD, Ohio – The Thundering Herd volleyball team fell short in a comeback bid to lose to the Miami RedHawks in five games Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio, 21-30, 24-30, 30-28, 31-29 and 15-9.
With the loss, Marshall falls to 14-8 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The RedHawks improve to 6-13, 4-6 in the MAC.
Just like in Huntington a month ago, the Herd and RedHawks battled it out in a five-game showdown. This time however, the RedHawks pulled it out with a 15-9 win in game five.
Miami opened up a commanding advantage in the match, taking the first two games by scores of 30-21, 30-24. Marshall then dug in and fought back to pull out a pair of close contests in the third and fourth games.
The Herd trailed 20-13 in the third game but Marshall was able to fight all the way back to take the game 30-28. The fourth game was a back and forth battle throughout much of the stanza. Marshall held a 25-23 edge, but was able to push its advantage to 27-23. Miami came back to take a 29-28 lead, but a Miami service error and two ball handling errors gave Marshall the fourth game, 31-29.
After jumping out to a quick 8-3 lead in game five, Marshall pulled to within 11-8, but that was as close as it would get.
Marshall was led on the night by freshman Kelly-Anne Billingy (Trincity, Trinidad). The 6’3 outside hitter put down 27 kills, to lead all players. She also recorded 10 digs and five blocks on the night.
Freshman Stephanie Cahill (Louisville, Ky.) was the only other Herd member in double digits in kills with 12. Junior Katie Stein (Sussex, Wis.) led the Herd with 16 digs.
Also for the Herd, junior Amber Sims (Ney, Ohio) had 9 kills, six block assists, and a block solo. Sophomore Christin Bimberg (Schwerin, Germany) led the Herd with 32 assists. Freshman Maggie Arias (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 14 digs.
As a team, Marshall hit only .127 on the night. The RedHawks hit .229. Miami had five players in double-digits in kills with Kate Norris and Angie Zent leading the way with 14 each.
After dropping two straight, Marshall will have to regroup before Wednesday night’s clash with MAC East-leading Ohio in the Cam Henderson Center.
“We need to find the vibe we were playing with in the past before this weekend,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “It’s not going to get any easier, but we’re going to be OK. We’ve got a young team, but we can’t use that as an excuse. We’ve got to get better for Ohio.”
First serve against the Bobcats is set for 7 p.m.