Sept. 18, 2010
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Marshall University volleyball team was unable to slow down the Saint Louis University offense at the Billekin Invitational as the Thundering Herd fell, 3-0 (23-25, 15-25, 15-25) on Saturday morning at the Chaifetz Pavilion.
Marshall dips to 5-6 on the season, while SLU improves to 5-6.
"Our energy has to be more consistent," head coach Mitch Jacobs said. "However, we did some really good things through games one and two. The wheels came off in game three and you have to hand it to the pressure that SLU kept on us.
The Herd squad started off on the wrong foot against the Billekins, falling behind 5-0 to begin the first set. The Herd would not let the frame get out of reach, slicing the deficit to two, 19-17, thanks to a kill and service ace from Katy Schad.
Later in the stanza, the SLU lead was minimized to just one, 24-23, when Schad connected for her fourth spike of the match. The tournament-host's Hannah Kvitle answered by hammering home the set-winning kill to edge MU, 25-23.
The Billekins motored past the Herd in the second set, hitting at a .500 (16K-2E-28TA) clip, on the way to a 25-15 win to take a 2-0.
SLU continued its strong offensive attack, using a 10-3 run to open the frame and eventual take the set (25-15) and the match.
Elizabeth Herman finished with a team-best seven kills, while Ryanne Milligan added a team-high nine digs to go along with eight assists.
Sacha Byous-McConnell collected a .500 hitting percentage, slamming home six kills on 12 attacks with no errors.
"I was very happy with the way Dez [Wilkerson] and Sacha [Byous-McConnell] played in the middle and I thought Ryanne [Milligan] did a nice job in our first look at running a 6-2 offense," Jacobs said.