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Herd volleyball team tops WVU

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MORGANTOWN -- Marshall University volleyball won Tuesday at West Virginia, 3-1, in the "Battle for the Golden Ball" match.

Marshall (14-11) beat the Mountaineers (16-8) in the WVU Coliseum, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22.

"I am just so proud to represent and be a part of the 200,000 people that walk around Huntington and our wonderful state wearing kelly green," said Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs. "No greater color in the world. Go Herd."

Freshman Elyse Panick's double-double performance of 14 kills and 10 digs led the way.

Cassie Weaver also had 14 kills while Sacha Byous-McConnell and and Lauren Legge added 11 and 10 respectively. Dorothy Rahal recorded 14 digs. Sammie Bane had 10 digs and 58 assists.

"Elyse (Panick) was fantastic from start to finish," Jacobs said. "Kiko (Ally Kiekover) was total energy and attacked very efficiently for us, but it was Cassie (Weaver) who stepped in for an ailing Laura (Der) tonight and was just lights out."

Marshall gets back into Conference USA play Friday at home against UTEP (7 p.m.) and also hosts a Sunday (1 p.m.) match against UTSA.

MEN'S SOCCER

HUNTINGTON -- Kentucky visits Marshall for a 7 p.m. Wednesday men's soccer match on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for youth.

Kentucky has a 4-8-2 season record and is 1-3-2 in Conference USA.

WIth two weeks remaining in the regular season both Kentucky and Marshall, 2-8-6 overall and 0-3-3 in the conference, retain hopes of climbing into the top seven of the standings and qualifying for the C-USA tournament.

"For us we need points right now and if we can get a win or two in our last three matches, we still have a shot at making the conference tournament," Marshall coach Bob Gray said.

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