Herd Volleyball Nets First Ever MAC Tournament Win with Sweep Over Toledo
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University volleyball team won its first ever Mid-American Conference Tournament match in workmanlike fashion, sweeping the Toledo Rockets 3-0 (34-32, 30-24, 30-27) on Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center. With the win, Marshall will advance to Friday’s quarterfinal match versus Central Michigan at 1 p.m. from Ball State’s Worthen Arena.
Marshall (19-15, 8-8 MAC) was led by a match-high 12-kill effort from senior Nicole Michal (Louisville, Ky.) who was playing her final match on the Henderson Center floor. Sophomore Amber Sims (Ney, Ohio) added 10 kills and four blocks while sophomore Katie Stein (Sussex, Wis.) tallied 42 assists.
“This is awesome,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “We gritted it out. The things they (Toledo) did well all season long we were able to stop tonight. We didn’t get frustrated and that is so important.”
Michal added three blocks to go along with four blocks from sophomore Nickie Sanlin (Fairview Heights, Ill.).
Toledo (10-22, 5-11 MAC) hung around with the Thundering Herd, but never seized more than a one-point lead throughout the entire match. Chelsey Poquette posted 11 kills to lead the Rockets, committing only two errors in 22 attempts for a .409 attack percentage.
The Rockets scrambled to salvage their season with the Herd serving for the match at 29-24 in game three, rolling off three straight points but losing the match on a Kate Bean service error.
MU recorded a .266 team attack percentage to the Rockets’ .214 percentage.
The No. 7 Herd will face the No. 2 Chippewas in Friday’s first match at Ball State. Marshall dropped a 3-2 decision to CMU on Oct. 18 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.