Herd Volleyball Vies For MAC Tournament First-Round Bye in Matches with Bowling Green and Ohio This Weekend





Herd Volleyball Vies For MAC Tournament First-Round Bye in Matches with Bowling Green and Ohio This Weekend

11/11/2004

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd volleyball team heads to the state of Ohio for a pair of Mid-American Conference matches to close out the regular season this weekend, while also trying to earn a first-round bye in the MAC tournament.

The Herd takes on Bowling Green, Friday night at 7 p.m. from Anderson Arena and then goes south to play the first place Ohio Bobcats at 5 p.m Saturday.

In Friday night's match, Bowling Green enters the contest with a 15-12 overall record and is 7-7 in the MAC. For Saturday, Ohio is undefeated in the MAC and has already clinched the East Division and No. 1 seed in the tournament.

Marshall enters the weekend looking for its third consecutive 20-win season. Marshall is currently, 19-9 on the year and 10-4 in the MAC. The Herd is deadlocked in a tie with Ball State and Eastern Michigan at 10-4 for the second best record in the MAC. The first through third place teams get a first-round bye.

If the Herd gets a bye, it would be the first time in school history. If Marshall wins its 20th, it will be the first time since 1977-80 that the Herd has put together three straight 20-win campaigns.

Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs also reached a personal milestone at the helm of the Herd with its last win over Toledo. It was win No.60 for Jacobs at Marshall, moving him into second place all-time on the school wins list ahead of Martha Newberry.

The Herd's Kelly-Anne Billingy (Trincity, Trinidad) needs only three kills to become the first Marshall player ever to reach 600 kills in a season and only the fourth in MAC history.

First serve against Bowling Green is set for 7 p.m., Friday. The Herd and Bobcats take the floor at 5 p.m., Saturday at the Convo.