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Volleyball team falls at Eastern Kentucky

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

RICHMOND, Ky. -- Eastern Kentucky made its home opener in volleyball a success Monday with a 3-1 victory over Marshall at McBrayer Arena.

The team split the first two sets, the Colonels winning the first 30-28 and the Thundering Herd (1-3) the second 25-22. Eastern Kentucky survived close calls in the final two, 26-24 and 25-23, to remain unbeaten (4-0).

"Being down two outside hitters in this match was tough," Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs said. "I thought we played hard and together. We played very unselfish and as a team. We just didn't have enough time to overcome the injuries to prepare for a tough EKU team."

Ally Kiekover, freshman middle blocker, had another big outing, but it wasn't enough against the Colonels. She tallied a career-high and match-best 23 kills. She also had three service aces, two blocks and six digs. She entered the match as the Conference USA leader in hitting percentage (.447).

"Kiko (Kiekover) gave us an incredible spark today," Jacobs said. "She just plays so hard and you can really see the passion she plays with. Her performance today was great. She moved over and played outside hitter today, due to some injuries. She really stepped up when we needed someone to. I also thought Elyse played well for us."

Elyse Panick, a freshman outside hitter, recorded her first collegiate double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs. She tallied a career-best and match-high five total blocks.

Marshall's next match is Thursday at Morehead State. The match begins at 7 p.m. at Wetherby Gym. The Eagles (1-2) got their first win Sunday with a 3-1 decision over host Cincinnati in the UC Invitational at Fifth Third Arena.