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Marshall University volleyball sweeps LA Tech

October 2, 2018

RUSTON, La. — Marshall University’s volleyball team broke into the Conference USA win column Sunday with a 3-0 sweep of Louisiana Tech in the Thomas Assembly Center.

Marshall, now 8-10 for the season, is 1-3 in conference matches after winning, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21. LA Tech fell to 6-12 overall and 1-2 in the league.

“Our energy was really good today,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said in a release. “We were very good on the serve and pass game as well as on the defensive side of the ball. I felt that we were able to do enough on the block that our floor defense was able to take over and it really showed in sets two and three.

“Gabby (Coulter) distributed the ball very well and late in the match was able to find her middles and that helped us finding the match. I’m very proud of our team that they were able to close it out in three.”

Freshman Sarah Schank led the Thundering Herd with 10 kills and added 12 digs. Senior Shelby Conley and sophomore Ciara Debell both recorded nine kills and senior Lauren Mattmuller added seven. Coulter, a freshman, had 28 assists and junior libero Amber Weber had 16 digs.

Marshall is back home in Cam Henderson Center for an 11 a.m. Friday match with Western Kentucky.

Women’s soccer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jayne Lawman’s goal in the second minute put Marshall ahead, but Charlotte rallied Sunday for a 3-2 women’s soccer victory at Transamerica Field.

Lawman’s goal was her third this season.

Charlotte (8-3-0, 4-0-0 Conference USA) had two goals from Julia Grainda and one from Megan Greene. The 49ers took 23 shots while the Thundering Herd had four.

Marah Abu-Tayeh’s seventh goal of the season pulled Marshall within 3-2 with less than two minutes remaining.

Marshall’s next match is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at UTSA.

MARSHALL 1 1 - 2

CHARLOTTE 1 2 - 3

MAR - Lawman, 1:15.

CHA - Grainda (Sipprell), 8:41.

CHA - Grainda (Greene), 47:25.

CHA - Greene penalty kick, 82:35.

MAR - M. Abu-Tayeh, 87:36.

Shots: M 4; C 23. Saves: (M) Bonelli 10, Team 2; (C) Stapleton 1. Corner kicks: M 2; C 6. Fouls: M 10; C 8. Attendance: 753.

Tennis

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Anna Smith and Madi Ballow won women’s tennis singles matches Sunday to conclude Marshall’s final day at the Hokie Fall Invite.

Smith defeated Gabby O’Gorman from Penn State in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3) for fifth place in her singles flight. Ballow beat Adetayo Adetunji of Delaware, 6-3, 6-3, in the consolation bracket.

Annabella Bonadonna from Iowa State downed Marshall’s Victoria Walter, 6-0, 6-4, (Iowa State) def. Victoria Walter (Marshall); 6-0, 6-4. Kate Earnhardt from Appalachian State won against the Herd’s Liz Stefancic, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).

Radford’s doubles duo of Drousile Dzeubou/Malin Falk beat Smith/Ballow, 8-5. Olivia Rohrbacher/Olivia Ryan from Penn State defeated Walter/Stefancic, 8-6.

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