Herd Volleyball Charges Back for 3-2 Victory Over East Rival Kent State
Marshall huddles in a game-five timeout prior to knocking off KSU in a thriller from the Henderson Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Thundering Herd volleyball team roared back from a 0-2 deficit to stun the visiting Kent State Golden Flashes in five games at the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday and keep their hopes of hosting a first round match in next week’s Mid-American Conference Tournament alive. Marshall won by scores of 25-30, 20-30, 30-20, 30-20, and 15-13.
Marshall (18-15, 8-8 MAC) came out sluggish on its Senior/Fan Appreciation Night, dropping the match’s first two games to go down 0-2 after getting swept the previous night by the Buffalo Bulls. The Herd used the break between games two and three to regroup and salvage their chances of hosting the all important round one match of the tournament.
“During the break a lot of emotions came out,” senior Isabell Anderer said. “It was very intense in the locker room. The seniors really wanted to come out and finish and win it at home.”
Anderer, a Sinsheim, Germany, native, did most of her damage after the brief intermission, tallying 10 kills in games three through five, including a match-winning kill in the fifth stanza to push the Herd to the 15-13 win. Anderer finished with 13 kills and six digs.
Game five saw Marshall post a .615 hitting percentage to the Golden Flashes’ .500 clip. MU was down 8-4 at one point but eventually tied it at 8-8. The back-and-fourth affair witnessed three Herd service aces from Nickie Sanlin (Fairview Heights, Ill.), Katie Stein (Sussex, Wis.) and Amber Sims (Ney, Ohio).
Sims recorded a career-high 19 kills with only four errors for a .484 hitting percentage, while Stein notched career ace No. 100 in the match.
“Amber is the most improved player in the league,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “We stepped up, worked hard and got the job done. We got killed in games one and two, but we killed them in games three and four. It was a long, non-competitive match until the fifth game.”
Marshall is now 6-5 in five game matches in 2003.
Kent State (12-13, 8-8 MAC) was led by a powerful effort from sophomore Danielle Holt. The Flash outside hitter recorded a game-high 25 kills to go with 15 digs.
Marshall senior Tracey King (Miami, Fla.) killed 12 balls with seven digs while fellow senior Nicole Michal (Louisville, Ky.) registered nine digs with five blocks.
Stein assisted on 42 Herd points, sharing some duty with senior Andrea Kastein (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who posted eight assists.
The Herd will wait until the rest of Saturday night’s action is complete to get official word of whether they will stay at home for the MAC’s first round on Tuesday, or if they will be forced to take to the road, as well as who their opponent will be.