Nov. 5, 2015
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall volleyball hosts its final homestand of the year, as it welcomes the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. and then the Rice Owls on Sunday at 1 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
With four games remaining on the Herd schedule, Marshall sits at eighth place in the Conference USA standings, which will place it as the final seed in the C-USA tournament. The Herd holds a one-game edge over Middle Tennessee.
Last Friday, junior libero Allie Kellerman (Louisville, Ky.) placed herself in the Marshall record book once again, with 32 digs against UAB. The dig total is tied for ninth best all-time in a single match by a member of the Herd. Kellerman also is tied for second all-time with 36 against Davidson.
TRIO OF SENIORS
Marshall volleyball will say thank you to seniors Ashley Arnold (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Lauren Legge (Pliny, W.Va.) and Jillian Shemanski (Jupiter, Fla.) on Friday night against Southern Miss for their years of dedication. Legge and Shemanski have been with the Herd for the last four years, while Arnold joined as a transfer. All three have excelled in the classroom, the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll twice apiece.
On Sunday, Marshall Athletics will celebrate the recent accomplishments of Kellerman and Herd coach Mitch Jacobs that happened at UTEP (10/16) and at UTSA (10/18). The junior libero recorded her 1,000th dig in the second set against the Miners, as she finished the match with 24 digs. Coach Jacobs earned his 100th Conference USA win in a thrilling four-set win over the Roadrunners. Not only was the win special to Jacobs, but it handed UTSA its first C-USA home loss. Kellerman and Jacobs will receive commemorative volleyballs prior to the match against Rice.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Southern Miss enters the match with two straight losses, but with a 21-9 record (8-5 C-USA). The Golden Eagles are 5-6 away from Hattiesburg this season.
Offensively, Southern Miss is led by Stephany Purdue, who has 457 kills in 116 sets, good for 3.94 kills per set. Purdue's 3.94 places her fifth in Conference USA. On the defensive side, the Golden Eagles are powered by Marry Pursell, who leads C-USA in total digs with 563, but her 4.71 digs per set ranks behind Marshall's Kellerman.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Rice will come to Huntington with a loss for the week, as it fell to UTSA on Wednesday night, 3-1. The Owls are 18-9 and 8-5 in Conference USA - tied for fourth in the standings with Southern Miss.
Rice is led by Leah Mikesky on offense, with 407 kills and a .219 hitting percentage. On defense, the Owls are led by Portia Okafor and Kimberly Vaio with 117 blocks and 375 digs, respectively.
Along with celebrating the seniors on Friday night, Marshall will host $1 hotdog night in the Cam Henderson Center. Sunday afternoon will be the last time to see Marshall play at home this season. It will be Parents' Day, as any parent who brings his or her children to the match will receive $1 admission.