Memphis tops Marshall volleyball, 3-2
HUNTINGTON -- Memphis won the final two sets to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat Marshall, 3-2, Sunday in Conference USA volleyball at Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall won the first set 25-18 and third 25-17 and Memphis took the second 26-24. Altrese Hawkins and Marija Jovanovic sparked the Tigers (9-16, 4-6 C-USA) as they won the final two sets 25-23 and 15-13 to complete a 2-0 road trip and 0-2 home weekend for the Thundering Herd (16-8, 6-4 C-USA).
Hawkins and Jovanovic led the Tigers in kills with 18 and 16, respectively. Hawkins becomes the second Memphis player to reach 1,700 career kills.
Similar to Friday night's loss against UAB, Marshall was able to out-compete the Tigers in every statistical category, but unforced errors at the service line hurt the Herd in the end. Marshall committed 18 service errors on the day.
Four Marshall players combined for more than 10 digs including Laura Der, Sammie Bane, Dorothy Rahal, and Andrea Snipes-Booker. Rahal had a team-high 21, while Snipes-Booker added a season-high 11 from the back row. Outside hitter Katy Schad led the team on offense with 22 kills and a .360 hitting percentage after only committing four attack errors. She also combined for eight digs and two blocks.
Der followed with 19 kills and 16 digs for a double-double. Setter Sammie Bane tied a season-high, recording 58 assists and helped Marshall grab the second-most kills earned all season with 62.
The Herd will return to action Friday against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss. Game time is 8 p.m. The road trip continues Sunday against UCF in Orlando with a noon start.
ORLANDO -- The No. 21 Knights scored three first-half goals and went on to blank Marshall, 5-0, in Conference USA action Sunday at the UCF Soccer Complex.
Jennifer Martin got the scoring started for UCF (13-4-1, 7-3-0 C-USA) and Ashley Nicol, Kayla Darden Kristina Trujic and Nicolette Radovcic added a goal each.
UCF, which got its third straight shutout win, outshot the Thundering Herd (7-10-1, 2-6-1 C-USA), 23-3 and 12-1 in shots on goal. It was the final home match of the season for the Knights.
For the Herd, senior Sarah Vinson set the Marshall record for career starts (75). She surpassed Lindsey Jayjack, who had 74 in 2002. Marshall's next match is Thursday against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. Play begins at 7 p.m.
OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- Marshall is in 12th place after the first round in the Old Dominion/Outerbanks Intercollegiate being played on the par-72 Kilmarlick Golf Club.
The Thundering Herd shot 310 Sunday. Nathan Kerns led Marshall with 73. Other Herd scores were Brian Anania with 78, Jeremy Rogers with 79, Josh Holmes with 80 and Logan Lagodich with 81.
Georgia Southern posted 290 to lead by five shots over host Old Dominion. Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes fired a 66 to lead by three over Stuart Kaufman of Elon and Jake McNulty of VCU. The tournament continues Monday.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. -- Marshall closes out the fall season Monday and Tuesday in the FedEx Memphis Women's Intercollegiate at the par-71 Ridgeway Country Club. Conference USA member is host. The Tigers tied Samford for the title a year ago.
The Thundering Herd's lineup will feature Korakot Simsiriwong, Samantha DiDomenico, Rachel Thompson, Caitlyn Morrone and Kristyn Morrone. The tournament has 12 teams.