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Herd volleyball to host ECU

Oct. 05, 2012 @ 12:07 AM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall Thundering Herd volleyball is 14-5 for the season, 4-1 in Conference USA and 7-0 at home entering a 6 p.m., Friday, match against East Carolina in Cam Henderson Center.

East Carolina (1-16, 0-5) has lost 14 consecutive matches.

Laura Der from Marshall is ranked fourth in C-USA with 3.98 kills per set while Nicole Willis of the Pirates is seventh with a 3.58 average.

Marshall setter Sammie Bane is ranked fourth in the league with 10.18 assists per set. Zarah Cecich from ECU is 11th, averaging 6.62.

Shelby Beasley from East Carolina is listed third in defensive digs with 4.31 per set, right ahead of Marshall's Dorothy Rahal with 4.29.

East Carolina's Kelly Derby is fourth in blocks with a 1.19 average and Marshall's Jillian Shemanski is sixth with 1.06.

SOCCER

HOUSTON -- Marshall takes a 6-6-0 season record and 2-2-0 conference mark into an 8 p.m., Friday, women's soccer match at Rice (6-5-2, 4-1-0).

Marshall continues its trip with a 1 p.m., Sunday, match at Houston (4-5-2, 0-1-2).

WOMEN'S TENNIS

HUNTINGTON -- Kellie Schmitt, a three-time C-USA Player of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009) at Marshall, rejoined the Herd as an assistant coach.

Schmitt, 25, spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Joey Blake's Topnotch Tennis Academy in Scottsdale, Ariz.

She rejoined the Marshall team for the Tribe Invitational at William and Mary that begins Friday.

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