Sept. 1, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall finished the Cardinal Classic on Saturday with losses to Louisville and Duke. The Thundering Herd was swept 3-0 in both matches, losing to Louisville 25-9, 25-15, 25-12 and Duke 25-18, 25-14, 26-24.
Marshall dropped to 3-3 after losing three matches in the two-day tournament.
"Louisville was a struggle," said head coach Mitch Jacobs. "They are loaded this year and just well beyond us and our young players at this point."
The 2011 Big East champions and 2012 pre-season favorites forced the Herd to only tally 19 kills as a team and commit 24 attack errors, putting Marshall in the red for hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Laura Der accounted for nine of the 19 kills, while senior Katy Schad recorded five. Schad led the team with eight digs.
The Cardinals combined for 34 kills and a .389 hitting percentage after only committing six attack errors. Defensively, Louisville controlled the net with a total of two block solos and 10 block assists. All-Big East preseason selection Gwen Rucker led the team with seven kills and five block assists.
"We competed much better against Duke even though the scores of the first two sets didn't show it," said Jacobs. "We lost Sacha (Byous-McConnell) to injury that she sustained last night. She tried to go in the Louisville match but wasn't able to play her game. She will definitely need to sit for a few days to a week."
After losing the first two sets, the Herd took its largest lead at 5-2 to open the third set. Duke battled back and the two teams flipped for the lead until tying the score at 24-24. A service error by Marshall and a service ace by the Blue Devils secured the win for Duke.
"With Lauren (Legge) having to move into the middle, it took a little bit to adjust and then we played very well. We need to learn from this weekend and move on as we have five matches over the next seven days."
Legge had four kills and a .800 hitting percentage in the competitive third set. She finished the match with a .200 attack percentage after only committing one error.
Schad led the Herd in the match against Duke, swinging down 13 kills, posting nine digs, and recording two block assists. She was followed by Der, who had 11 kills, one service ace and seven digs.
Setter Sammie Bane had 30 assists and libero Dorothy Rahal led the team in digs with 15.
Duke was led by Emily Sklar, who finished the match with 13 kills and 10 digs. Chelsea Cook followed with 10 kills and four block solos.
Der finished the tournament with a team-high 36 kills and a 4.00 kills per set average. She also had four service aces and 22 digs. Her effort was rewarded with an All-Tournament team selection.
Marshall will travel to Johnson City, Tenn. for its next match against East Tennessee State University. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 3.