Herd volleyball drops two matches at Alabama event

September 9, 2018

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Marshall University assistant volleyball coach Jason Morris scouted Georgia Tech extensively and the Thundering Herd rewarded him Saturday with a four-set victory over the Yellow Jackets in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash.

“What a great birthday gift for Jason,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “He spent a lot of time scouting Georgia Tech and put together a great game plan with the staff, and the kids executed.”

The Herd improved to 5-6, while Georgia Tech dipped to 9-2 after the 27-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23 Marshall triumph.

On Friday, Marshall volleyball was defeated by tournament host Alabama in four sets (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-11) to open play at the Hampton Inn Bama Bash at Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Thundering Herd (4-5) was led by Joelle Coulter’s 14 kills and nine digs. Shelby Conley added 10 kills for Marshall, while Ivana Trencheva tallied seven kills. Gabrielle Coulter recorded 39 assists and Amber Weber had 11 digs to lead the Herd.

Alabama (7-0 and ranked 28th nationally) was led by a balanced attack, with five players posting 10 or more kills. The Crimson Tide was led by Doris Carter’s 14 kills. Ginger Perinar and Mahalia Swink added 12 and 11 kills, respectively, while Cidavia Hall and Hayley McSparin tallied 10 kills apiece.

The Herd dropped its second match of the day to Northern Illinois 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) on Friday evening.

The Herd was led by Ciara DeBell, who had 10 kills and two blocks. Joelle Coulter added seven kills and 14 digs, while Lauren Mattmuller had six kills. Gabrielle Coulter tallied 26 assists and Amber Weber recorded 16 digs. Northern Illinois (2-7) was led by Meg Wolowicz with 14 kills. Jori Radtke added 11 kills and nine digs for the Huskies.

“We just got outworked by Northern Illinois in every phase of the game,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said.

Northern Illinois opened the first set with a 7-1 run that the Herd never recovered from.

Kills by Mattmuller and Isa Dostal and a pair of kills by DeBell cut NIU’s lead to 18-16, but the Huskies scored the next four points and seven of the last nine to take the opening set, 25-18.

Women’s soccer

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Marshall women’s soccer team defeated the High Point Panthers 1-0 on Friday at Vert Stadium in High Point, North Carolina.

Redshirt junior Jayne Lawman led the scoring efforts for the Herd (2-3-1). Lawman scored in the 70th minute to record her second goal of the season. Marshall recorded four shots on goal compared to one for the Panthers with junior keeper Megan Bonelli getting the save. The teams battled for the remaining 20 minutes of the contest. High Point (1-5-1) had several shot opportunities but could not capitalize.

The Marshall defense continued to shut down a majority of scoring opportunities for High Point. The Thundering Herd allowed only seven Panther shots over the 90-minute contest.

Marshall stays in North Carolina and travels to Boiling Springs to play at Gardner-Webb on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women’s golf

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The Marshall women’s golf team is back on the links Sunday and Monday at the William & Mary Invitational. The three-round, two-day event will be played at the River Course at Kingsmill Resort.

“Kingsmill is a great place to be and we are excited about getting things started tomorrow,” Herd head coach Brooke Burk-hammer said. “Anytime you play 36 holes it is a long day, but we have to persevere through it all to be successful. I know these girls are always up to any challenge in front of them.”

The five players stepping out on the course for the Thundering Herd will be senior Ylva Forslund, junior Shelby Brauck-muller, sophomores Stormy Randazzo and Kerri Parks and freshman Jackie Schmidt.

Marshall is one of 13 teams that will compete, along with William & Mary, Boston College, Bucknell, Elon, James Madison, Longwood, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Radford, Richmond, Stetson and Xavier.

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