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Volleyball match precedes basketball madness

Oct. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Thundering Herd Madness begins Friday with a volleyball match.

Rice and Marshall, separated by one-half game in the Conference USA standings, meet at 5:30 p.m. in Cam Henderson Center.

Volleyball admission is free for anyone with a ticket to the Thundering Herd Madness basketball event at begins at 8 p.m.

Tulsa (13-8) and Rice (13-8) share first place in C-USA with 6-1 records, followed by Marshall (15-5), at 5-1.

Rice sophomore Jillian Humphrey was chosen as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week following wins over UTEP and Tulane.

Megan Murphy of the Owls leads the conference in assists with 11.07 per set while Sammie Bane from Marshall is fourth with 10.26.

Sacha Byous-McConnell of the Thundering Herd ranks second in the conference with a .336 hitting percentage.

Laura Der from Marshall is ranked third in kills with a 4.04 average and Dorothy Rahal is third in digs with a 4.36 average.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

ONA -- Tulsa visits Marshall for a 7 p.m., Friday, women's soccer match at Cabell Midland High School.

Tulsa (7-5-2) and Marshall (6-7-1) are tied for seventh place in C-USA with 2-3-1 records.

Chelsey Maiden from Marshall is sixth in conference statistics with 1.14 points per match on six goals and four assists. Erin Simmons of the Thundering Herd is 10th (1.00) with six goals and two assists.

Tulsa goalkeeper Katie Bykowski ranks second in goals-against average at 0.70.

SWIMMING

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall is hosting the West Virginia State Games swimming and diving meet Friday and Saturday in Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium at Cam Henderson Center.

Marshall is joined in the competition by defending champion West Virginia University, Davis and Elkins, Fairmont State, WVU Tech, West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit.

Friday events begin at 4 p.m. Saturday sessions are at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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