Volleyball Defeated 3-0 to Begin Hokie Invite

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

BLACKSBURG, Va.—Marshall volleyball began its final regular season tournament of the season, dropping to 5-7 on the season after falling to Radford 3-0 in the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.

The Herd lost by scores of 25-23, 25-18, and 25-20.

Sophomore Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.) led the Herd with 10 kills, and fellow sophomore Cassie Weaver (Huntington) followed closely with nine. Kiekover posted a .381 hitting efficiency during the match. Junior Jillian Shemanski (Jupiter, Fla.) picked up a solo block and block assist while recording a .333 hitting percentage with six kills. 

Radford was led by freshman outside hitter Maddie Palmer, who posted a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs.

 

“Radford played fluid and very efficient,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said. “We knew what to expect and they just put it to us. We got worked in the serve and pass game, and we weren’t able to sustain any consistent play. We are going to take a serious look at ourselves and see if we can move forward with a better effort tomorrow.”

 

In the opening stanza, Marshall trailed by as many as five points in the set. The Herd battled back, cutting the lead to one point at 23-22, before falling in game one. The squad posted a .298 hitting percentage collectively while Weaver led the team with four kills and a .364 hitting efficiency.

 

In game 2, Marshall took the first point but fell behind to the Highlanders, who took a 17-10 advantage. The Herd responded taking four of the next five points. Radford then went on to take the next four straight points, before three errors had the Herd cutting the Highlander advantage once more before losing 25-18 in the second set.

 

Down 2-0 after the intermission, the Herd began behind once more at 7-2 before rallying back to cut the Highlanders lead to two at 10-8. Marshall continued to remain close until Radford climbed five ahead and held that advantage, taking the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.

 

The Herd returns to the court Saturday to face UNC Wilmington at 12:30 p.m. and closes the tournament facing host school Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.

 

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