Marshall Swings Into Championship Action|
Nov. 20, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall volleyball team received a first-round bye in the Conference USA Tournament by securing the No. 4 seed in this week's playoff at Alumni Memorial Gym in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Thundering Herd will play No. 5 North Texas (17-13, 9-6 C-USA) at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. The Herd finished the regular season 15-15 overall (8-6 C-USA) and defeated Middle Tennessee on Nov. 15, in its last regular-season match, to help secure the No. 4 seed.
Marshall's No. 4 seed is the highest seed it has received since the 2007 season. That season the Herd won the regular-season championship and lost in the semifinals to that year's champion Tulsa, 3-2.
MUCH MORE HONORS
Byous-McConnell ranks second in the league with a .377 hitting efficiency and is second on the team with 2.67 kills and 3.03 points. She ranks ninth in total blocks (231), block solos (51) and block assists (180) in Marshall history. She also is third in career hitting percentage with a .299 hitting efficiency.
Bane has been among the league's top setter the last three seasons. She stands at No. 4 in the league with a 10.56 assists per set average and has been named C-USA Setter of the Week twice this season and four times in her career. She has collected 1,246 assists on the season. Bane is also fourth in career assists at Marshall with 3,663.
TALENTED ON AND OFF THE COURT
Der, who owns a 3.9 GPA in advertising, also was voted to the Capital One District II First Team which advances her to the national all-academic ballot for Marshall. In 2012, the outside hitter was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and C-USA All-Academic Team. She also earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal.
THE FORGOTTEN ONE
"It's unfortunate that Dorothy (Rahal) didn't make the all-conference team," Der said. "Everything starts with her, I don't know where we would be without her. She makes the pass then Sammie (Bane) makes the set and we attack. She has had an outstanding career and I'm proud to call her my teammate. She is like a sister to me."
SCOUTING THE MEAN GREEN
The Mean Green is led by Carnae Dillard, who was named to the All-C-USA First Team. She led the Mean Green offensively in several categories in cluding kills (441), kills per set (4.24) and was second on the team in digs with 343 and averaged 3.30 digs per set. The San Antonio native had some explosive single-match performances this season. She tied her career high of 31 kills against Marshall and tossed in back-to-back double-digit dig performances with 26 against Southern Miss and Tulsa. She also broke into the top-10 on the North Texas career kills list as she now has 993 total kills, placing her sixth all time.
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