Herd Volleyball Earns First Road Win of Season

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Marshall volleyball picked up its second win of the season, taking a 3-1 victory over Central Michigan in the opening night of the Chippewa Challenge in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Friday evening. The Herd won the first two sets 26-24, 25-22, dropped the third set to CMU 25-23, and grabbed victory with a 25-22 fourth set finish.


“It was a hard fought win,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “I’m proud of our girls for playing as a team and extending themselves deeper into sets. We played our best volleyball in the closing moments, even in set three.”


Sophomore Cassie Weaver (Huntington, W.Va.) achieved her second double-double of the season, picking up 14 kills and 10 digs in the contest. Sophomore Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.) collected 11 kills, and junior Lauren Legge (Pliny, W.Va.) recorded eight kills with one solo block and six more block assists.


“Lauren Legge was a huge factor for us tonight,” Jacobs continued. “Not just offensively, but it was her best defensive match of her career.”


Marshall started the match taking the first point with a kill from Legge. Freshman Justice Craft (Kentwood, Mich.) started her first match of the season, and responded with a huge kill in the first set to give the Herd the 6-4 advantage early on.


After a service ace and a few tough balls from the Chippewas, Marshall came back to tie the set at nine all after kills by sophomores Kiekover and Weaver.


The teams continued to battle back and forth until a perfectly timed block from Legge gave the Herd a 20-19 lead, with which they continued to run. Marshall went on an 11-4 run before a Chippewas kill brought the score to 22-20. After a kill by Kiekover, the Herd took the first set 26-24 to take a 1-0 advantage in the match.


Marshall picked up the first point of the second game before CMU earned five straight points to take a 6-3 lead. A big kill from Craft cut the run, and Marshall went on to take the next five points. A second kill from Craft gave the Herd an 8-6 advantage, before the Chippewas battled back, taking six points in a row on a 12-9 run.


The Herd regrouped, coming within one and then going into 12 scoring ties before taking a two-point lead for the set point at 24-22 on a block from Legge and Craft. Marshall took the second set 25-22.


Continuing its pattern, the Herd took the first point of the third set and quickly went up 4-2. Central Michigan then went on a five point run before Marshall responded with three straight points to tie the set. A kill by Weaver gave the Herd the lead as they went up 11-9. The Chippewas battled back, going up 22-16; Marshall brought the game back within one off another kill from Weaver before falling 25-23 in set three.


Keeping up with the routine, the Herd picked up the first point in the fourth set and quickly went up 3-0 before CMU took six straight points. Marshall fought back on a four point rally to take a 7-6 advantage. The squads went through 15 tied scores and eight lead changes before Marshall finally pushed through for a 25-22 set win and 3-1 match victory. 


“We look forward to the challenge ahead of us tomorrow,” Jacobs finished.


Marshall begins the morning with a 10 a.m. match against Butler and will conclude its tournament with a 5 p.m. face-off against Green Bay.

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