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Marshall to honor late UAB assistant

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 12:40 AM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University volleyball is hosting matches Friday and Sunday in a “Fight Like Hal” promotion.

Hal Messersmith was a Conference USA assistant coach at UAB who died in July of colon cancer. His wife is UAB head coach Kerry Messersmith.

“Fight Like Hal” promotions are scheduled at several C-USA schools, replacing Breast Cancer Awareness functions with All Cancer Awareness events.

“Our idea was that all cancer should be getting money raised for it, not just a select few,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said.

Marshall plays Tulane at 7 p.m., Friday, and Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m., Sunday, in Cam Henderson Center.
Thundering Herd players will be wearing purple jerseys for both matches that will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Purple is the color of the ribbon representing all cancer awareness.

Anyone who wants to bid on the jerseys but can’t attend the matches can contact Ty Osborne, assistant director of marketing and promotions, at 304-696-6160 or osborne112@marshall.edu.

Fans who wear purple to the matches get in for $1.

“This upcoming weekend is big,” Jacobs said. “It’s not just the conference stuff, but also that we are doing it in memory of my buddy Hal Messersmith.”

Marshall enters the matches with an 8-9 season record and 2-0 mark in C-USA coming off victories last weekend at Florida Atlantic and FIU.

Herd junior Sammie Bane was named as the C-USA Setter of the Week. Senior outside hitter Laura Der has recorded 131 kills and 143 digs. Freshman Ally Kiekover leads the team with 162 kills.

Tulane (15-2, 1-1) has lost only to North Dakota and UTSA. The Green Wave is led by freshman outside hitter Tea Juric with 218 kills and 149 digs. Freshman Annie Shurtz has 195 kills and 128 digs.

“They are a heck of a ball club we are about to play,” Jacobs said.

Louisiana Tech (6-11, 0-2) has lost seven of its last eight matches, including conference meetings with UTEP and UTSA. Junior Rebecca Redgen of the Lady Techsters has 213 kills and an average of 3.18 per set.

The Lady Techsters play Friday at Charlotte.



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