Oct. 24, 2013
Match 22 – Charlotte (10-13, 0-8 C-USA) at Marshall (10-11, 4-2 C-USA)
Saturday, Oct. 29 – 2 p.m. ET. Location: Huntington, W.Va.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall volleyball will host Conference USA foe Charlotte on Saturday before traveling to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on West Virginia in the Battle for the Golden Ball on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Marshall enters the match 12-11 and 6-2 in Conference USA. The Herd is seeking its fourth consecutive C-USA victory and has won a season-high nine-straight sets. Marshall is led by senior outside hitter Laura Der (Clarksville, Ind.), who has recorded 217 kills, averaging 3.39 per set and 206 digs. Also leading the charge for the Herd is senior middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who is second in the conference with a .382 hitting percentage, having collected 204 kills.
HALLOWEEN PARTY WEEKEND
Admission will be $1 for fans wearing Halloween costumes on Saturday to the match. Contestants will be judged and the winner will receive a prize courtesy of Marshall Athletics. The first 50 fans will receive a candy bag giveaway courtesy of City Tan Express.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd have won 7 of its last 10 matches and are currently tied with a season-high three match winning streak. The Marshall squad have won nine sets in a row, all in C-USA action. It is the longest conference set streak for the Herd since the 2007 season when Marshall took 18-striaght sets from league opponents. The longest C-USA streak for Marshall came during the 2005 campaign, which the Herd won 28-straight sets.
REACHING FOR THE STARS
Senior outside hitter Laura Der reached the 1,000-career kills plateau in her match against FIU Sept. 29. Her 1,093 kills for her career ranks sixth in program history.
Also crossing a major plateau was junior setter Sammie Bane, who surpassed 3,000 assists for her career at FAU on Sept. 27. Bane’s 3,304 assists ranks fourth in program history.
Senior libero Dorothy Rahal moved into second place in all-time digs at Marshall against Tulane on Oct. 4. She has recorded 1,484 digs at Marshall.
Senior middle blocker Sacha Byous-McConnell is second in C-USA with a .382 hitting percentage. She has collected 204 kills on the season, averaging 2.62 kills per set. Byous-McConnell is third in all-time hitting percentage with a .293 hitting efficiency for her career.
CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior setter Sammie Bane earned C-USA Setter of the Week honors for the second time this season on Oct. 20. Bane led Marshall to a pair of straight-set victories last weekend. She dished out 81 assists over the two-matches with a .415 set percentage. The junior averaged 13.5 assists per set and led the team to a .249 hitting percentage for the week. She had previously won it on Sept. 30 for her performances against Florida Atlantic and FIU (Sept. 27 & 29).
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Charlotte enters the match 10-13 and 0-8 in C-USA. The 49ers showed much improvement, winning a set Friday and two on Sunday in their two weekend losses to C-USA opponents Tulsa and Middle Tennessee. Charlotte snapped Tulsa’s nine-set win streak by taking the second set against the only undefeated team in league play Friday night. Sunday, the 49ers took Middle Tennessee to the brink, falling by two points in the fifth and tiebreaker set to the Blue Raiders. Charlotte is 1-2 all-time against the Herd, but this is the first time the two programs have met in West Virginia and the first time meeting as conference opponents.
The 49ers are led offensively by senior middle blocker Amanda Videmsek, who has tallied 269 kills, averaging 3.24 per set with a .261 hitting percentage, while freshman outside hitter Chlaire Kreuz has collected 203 kills, 23 service aces and 49 digs. Leading the way on the defensive side is sophomore Michelle Hovey, who has recorded 396 digs on the season.
Marshall will travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on West Virginia in the battle for the Golden Ball on Tuesday, Oct. 29.