Herd volleyball nets win over UTEP

October 9, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s volleyball team dug deep to down the UTEP Miners on Sunday afternoon in Huntington.

The Herd fell behind two sets to one before winning the final two sets to earn a fiveset victory (21-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-21, 15-6).

Marshall (9-11, 2-4 C-USA) finished the match strong, scoring 11 of the final 13 points of the match to earn its second conference win. UTEP fell to 3-14 overall and 0-5 in C-USA.

Ciara Debell led Marshall with 27 kills while Lauren Mattmuller had a season-high 19 kills and an attack percentage of .621.

Debell and Mattmuller combined for seven kills in Marshall’s final eight points to put away the Miners.

After trailing 2-1 in the match, Marshall took advantage from the start, jumping out to as big as an eight-point lead before a UTEP rally brought that deficit to within three. However, the Herd closed out strong, led by a Shelby Conley kill, to force the decisive fifth set.

While Debell and Mattmuller took care of things offensively, junior libero Amber Weber took care of the defensive side, recording 34 digs in the match.

Marshall returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday against C-USA leader Rice before returning to Cam Henderson Center for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday against Middle Tennessee.

Women’s soccer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Marshall’s women’s soccer team could not overcome UTSA or Mother Nature on Sunday.

The Herd fell behind early and UTSA gained cushion with another tally after an hour-long weather delay to earn a 2-0 win over the Herd in C-USA women’s soccer action.

UTSA (5-6-1, 1-3-1 C-USA) dominated the match, outshooting the Herd, 12-1 in the contest.

For Marshall (5-6-2, 3-3-0 C-USA), goalkeeper Megan Bonelli had five saves.

UTSA struck first in the 23rd minute to take a 1-0 lead at the break, then followed up the long weather delay with a goal in the 66th minute that deflected off the top of the crossbar and went into the back of the net.

Marshall returns to Huntington for a pair of conference contests this weekend. On Friday, Marshall hosts Rice at 7 p.m. before a noon contest against North Texas on Sunday. Both matches are at Hoops Family Field.

Women’s golf

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Marshall’s women’s golfer Shelby Brauckmuller carded an Even-par 70 on Sunday and finished at Even-par for the tournament to finish tied for fifth at the Princess Anne Invitational on Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va.

As a team, Marshall finished ninth out of 12 teams at the event after posting a 303 as a team on Sunday. That round total came after the team posted a 283 on Saturday.

“It was a difficult day for the team and we didn’t have the four scores like we did yesterday,” Herd head coach Brooke Burkhammer said. “Shelby continues to come up clutch for us every single time she tees it up. Kerri (Parks) grinded and did not give up after things got tough for her.”

Parks ended up shooting a 2-over 72 to give her a pair of nice rounds to end the tournament. After struggling to an 83 in the tournament’s first day, she bounced back with rounds of 71 and 72 respectively in the final two days.

UCF won the team title by four strokes and UCF’s Elizabeth Moon won medalist honors by three strokes.

Marshall’s next action is Oct. 14-17 when the team takes part in the Mary S. Kauth Invitational, hosted by UTSA.

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