Huntington native Taylor Riedel

Women's Volleyball

@HerdVolleyball Looks to Stay Red Hot at Charlotte

Oct. 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball takes its win streak on the road when it travels to Charlotte for a 6 p.m. first serve on Friday. The Herd and 49ers met earlier this season in Huntington, with Marshall earning the win in five sets.

Marshall volleyball clinched its third straight victory Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center in a 3-1 decision against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. The Herd was paced by junior Cassie Weaver (Huntington, W.Va.), who recorded 22 kills and 19 digs. Following Weaver was junior Ally Kiekover (Grand Rapids, Mich.) with 18 kills for the Herd, and sophomore Taylor Pelton (Louisville, Ky.) had 12. Junior libero Allie Kellerman (Louisville, Ky.) had 17 digs, while sophomore setter Kayla Simmons (Gainesville, Fla.) had 42 assists.

Marshall sealed its first Conference USA win of the season on Friday, Sept. 25 over the 'Niners in a five set battle. Overall, the Herd was led offensively by Weaver, who had an impressive 21 kills. Also in double-digit kills was Kiekover, with 13. Jillian Shemanski (Jupiter, Fla.) finished with nine kills. Sophomore setter Simmons was dealing with 54 assists, while Kellerman finished with 28 digs.

This season Marshall has three members over 250 kills each. Weaver leads the team with 323, while Pelton has 265 and Kiekover has 255. Overall, Marshall has 1,194 kills, which puts it No. 13 in the country in kills, according the NCAA as of Oct. 21.

With 433 digs this season, Kellerman is on pace to have her best season. The junior libero is just 17 digs shy of tying her high in a season, which came last season. Kellerman ranks first in C-USA in digs per set with 4.66.

The junior middle blocker, Kiekover, has been the most efficient player this season for coach Mitch Jacobs. Kiekover is hitting at a .401 percentage, which is second in Conference USA. Kiekover has a conference-best .414 hitting percentage in league matches.

Charlotte enters Friday's match in 10th place in Conference USA with a 5-15 record and 2-7 in Conference USA, but three of its wins have come at Halton Arena. The 'Niners have struggled as of late with seven straight losses, including four matches in a row losing in three sets.

The 49ers have three players over 100 kills this season, including Sarah McDonald with 236, good for 3.28 kills per set. Following McDonald is Abreia Epps and Semen Sen with 192 and 141 kills, respectively.

Charlotte is a threat from the service line, as it has a total of 109 aces this season, good for second best in the conference for 1.51 aces per set.

The Herd will take a week break before retaking the court at UAB on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Marshall defeated the Blazers earlier this season, 3-1.

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