Herd volleyball schedule is set
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's volleyball schedule for 2014 features the Thunder Invitational and a match with West Virginia University in Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall plays at home 13 times including the season-opening Thunder Invitational matches Aug. 29-30 against Eastern Michigan, UIC and Virginia. West Virginia visits Oct. 1 for the "Battle for the Golden Ball."
The Thundering Herd also goes to tournaments at Central Michigan, Southern Illinois and Virginia Tech.
"This is a very challenging schedule, one that could propel us into the NCAA tournament if we play to our potential," Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs said in a news release. "Certainly, it is one of our more challenging non-conference slates, but that's the only way I know how to try and prepare my team for Conference USA play."
Jacobs enters his 13th season at Marshall with a 223-160 record. Last season Marshall was 16-16 overall and placed fourth in C-USA at 8-6.
He will have a young team this year with All-CUSA setter Sammie Bane as the ohly senior.
C-USA has 13 volleyball members, including newcomer Western Kentucky. Marshall plays 16 conference matches.
"Conference USA is changing once again, and again for the better," Jacobs said. "We add Western Kentucky, and that will be a big boost. That's been a top 50 RPI team in almost every season in recent years. Plus, with our new schedule format in C-USA, you blind draw four teams to play twice and we have drawn Charlotte, UAB, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. I would assume going in that the latter three will be picked in the league's top five.
"If our 2014 team can play inspired and to its potential, this schedule could propel our RPI high enough to get an (NCAA) bid whether we win the league or not."
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