Marshall Drops Road Match at Eastern Kentucky, 3-1

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RICHMOND, Ky.- Eastern Kentucky’s Rachel Vick had 18 kills, while Alexis Plagens posted 17 as the Colonels moved to 4-1 overall with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22) win over the Thundering Herd Wednesday evening in McBrayer Arena.

EKU’s Abbey Cvelbar added 47 assists to go with Dena Ott’s 23 digs.

Marshall dipped to 1-3 with the loss.

Lauren Legge and Cassie Weaver paced the Thundering Herd with 12 kills apiece, while Elyse Panick had 11 and Ally Kiekover notched 10. Ally Kellerman posted 17 digs and Sammie Bane added 35 assists to her 12 digs.

“EKU came to play all night and we came to play for 10 points,” said Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs. “Very similar to the Eastern Michigan match, but now on the road, it’s tougher to turn momentum. That said, you have to hand it to our group after set two. We came out competing. EKU just made a few more plays and we are not solid enough defensively. The best part of preseason is that we play a lot. This one is over and we need to get better for Friday.”

Marshall hung tough in the first set, tying it at 17-apiece on an Ashley Arnold kill after trailing 13-8 in the early going. However, the Colonels got three of the last four points to take it 25-21.

The Herd raced out to a 5-1 lead at the beginning of the second set with kills by four different players. EKU responded, though, by winning 13 of the next 16 points to pull out to a 14-8 lead and never looked back.

Marshall had another quick start in the third set when it pulled out to a 9-1 lead. EKU got as close as three points, but the Herd ran off the last four points to pull out a 25-18 win on two kills by Weaver, and one each by Panick and Jillian Shemanski, who hit .571 for the match.

EKU posted an early 8-4 lead in the fourth set, but the Herd came back midway through the stanza and went ahead 20-18 on a Panick kill to force an EKU timeout. However, the Colonels battled back to take seven of the final nine points, culminating with a block assist by Vick and Cvelbar.

Marshall will be back in action Friday at the Central Michigan Tournament when it faces the host Chippewas at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Herd will take on Butler at 10 a.m. and Green Bay at 5 p.m.
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