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MU volleyball team faces top-flight foes

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's volleyball team goes on the road this week to face some heavyweight competition.

Marshall plays three matches in the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Thundering Herd (5-7) faces No. 10 Michigan (7-1) at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in the Crisler Center, home of the Wolverines' basketball teams. The Herd and No. 24 Ohio (8-1) meet at 5:30 p.m., Friday, in Cliff Keen Arena.

A Saturday, 2 p.m., match with Maryland (8-1) is also in Cliff Keen Arena.

Marshall defeated Southern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Kent State last weekend at home in the Thunder Invitational.

Senior outside hitter Laura Der from Clarksville, Ind., leads the Herd with 71 kills (2.96 per set) and 81 digs in six matches after returning from an injury.

Freshman middle blocker Ally Kiekover from Grand Rapids, Mich., has a team-high 117 kills (2.54 per set) while also leading with 32 total blocks. Senior libero Dorothy Rahal from Venice, Fla., received Most Valuable Player honors in the Thunder Invitational. Rahal has recorded 183 digs for an average of 3.81 per set.

MEN'S SOCCER

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall senior co-captains Travis Brent (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Zach Hunter (Marietta, Ga.) were named to the All-Qdoba Invitational team selected the coaches.

Marshall lost to Oakland, 2-1, and defeated IPFW, 1-0, last weekend in the tournament at the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

Northern Kentucky visits Marshall (2-4-1) for a 2:30 p.m., Sunday match.

All-Qdoba Invitational

Miche'le Lipari, Oakland

Matt DeLang, Oakland

Nick Kristock, Oakland

Nick Kolarac, St. Francis (Pa.)

Francis de Vries, St. Francis (Pa.)

Bryan Causey, St. Francis (Pa.)

Scott Williams, IPFW

Corey Tom, IPFW

Travis Brent, Marshall

Zach Hunter, Marshall

GK Sean Lewis, Oakland

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