MU ROUNDUP: Volleyball team wins
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall recorded a 3-0 Senior Day sweep over UTEP in Conference USA volleyball Sunday at Cam Henderson Center.
Two Thundering Herd seniors were honored prior to the match. They were Katy Schad and Andrea Snipes-Booker. Both are four-year lettermen. Schad is graduating with a degree in finance and Snipes-Booker is graduating with a degree in criminal justice and psychology.
By virtue of the 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 victory, Marshall (18-12, 8-8 C-USA) secured a spot in the C-USA Tournament scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa is the host school. The Herd got the No. 6 seed after Memphis and Houston suffered losses Sunday.
Marshall will meet No. 4 seed UCF on Friday at 8 p.m. The teams split their matches during the regular season.
UTEP finished 18-12, 10-6 C-USA.
"UTEP just didn't look like the team we have seen on tape. You can credit our kids for playing really hard with their backs against the wall, knowing that it could be win or be out of the tournament today," Herd coach Mitch Jacobs said. "We played as if it was tournament time."
Outside hitter Laura Der produced the most kills by a league player in three sets, earning 22 in the sweep. As the second ranked C-USA player in kills and points, she finished with 26.0 points. She added a .422 hitting percentage, along with a team-high three blocks and two service aces.
Schad earned her 18th double-double of the season, totaling 10 kills and a match-high 20 digs.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marshall's Karli Timko and Dana Oppinger won the White Draw doubles on Sunday during the final day of competition in North Carolina's Kitty Harrison Invitational. The Thundering Herd duo defeated Virginia Tech's Isel Martinez-Marcos and Ilinca Stoica in the finals, 8-6.
In the match for third in that division, the Herd's Kai Broomfield and Ellie Ball posted an 8-4 win over UNC Greensboro's Annette Rios and Kayla Gammie.
Marshall's No. 1 team of Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova, winners of the Blue Draw title last year, made it to the finals again, North Carolina's Lauren McHale and Tessa Lyons won, 8-5, to deny a repeat.
In singles, Ball, who won a three-set thriller against North Carolina's Laura Slater in the semifinals, lost to Duke's Marianne Jodoin, 6-1, 6-0 in the title match. Zaprazna wound up fifth in the Blue Draw and Timko placed 11th in the White Draw.
Oppinger lost in the finals in the Navy Draw bracket and Broomfield placed third.
Marshall will open the spring part of its schedule on Jan. 18 against Eastern Michigan.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Marshall (1-0) takes on Indiana State (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. today in the Hulman Center. It's the third meeting between the two schools. The series is tied 1-1.
The Thundering Herd opened the season under new coach Matt Daniel on Friday with a 65-63 home win over Radford. Shay Weaver led Marshall with a career-high 19 points. Suporia Dickens added 12 points and six rebounds.
The Sycamores opened Friday with a 69-39 win over Eastern Illinois. Anna Munn led the Missouri Valley Conference school with 18 points and Racheal Mahan added 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.