Sept. 7, 2016
Final Stats | Box Score (PDF)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Marshall volleyball swept the Bowling Green Falcons, 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-21), on Wednesday night at the Stroh Center.
The Thundering Herd picked up its second sweep of the season, as it improved to 5-3 overall. The Falcons fall to 3-3.
The Herd was led by senior Ally Kiekover with 16 kills and hitting at an impressive .714 percent. Following Kiekover offensively was freshmen Jac'cara Walker and Madison Hill with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Hill finished the match hitting at .692. Kayla Simmons had a team-best 25 assists and nine digs. Madelyn Cole recorded 21 assists. As a team, Marshall finished the match hitting at .396.
Marshall was dominant in the first set. The Thundering Herd jumped out to an early 9-5 lead following a kill by Kiekover. From there, Bowling Green didn't get any closer than four points as the Herd cruised to a 25-14 set victory. Cassie Weaver and Walker finished the set with four kills each.
The second frame would be the most contested set, as it featured eight tied scores and four lead changes. The Herd took an early 3-1 lead off a kill from Hill. Bowling Green battled and eventually took a 12-8 lead that forced a Herd timeout. Following the timeout, Marshall rallied and went on a seven-point run to retake the lead, 15-12. After the Falcons were able to bring the match within one at the 17-16 mark, the Herd regained its three point lead after scoring two points with a kill by Walker and a block by Shelby Conley and Hill. BGSU made a comeback and tied the set at 20, and forced the match to go back-and-forth. With the score tied at 23, Marshall was able to tally the next two points off kills by Walker and Weaver to seal the second set, 25-23.
The Thundering Herd came out of the break strong, as it started the third set on a five-point run. The Herd pushed its lead to 7-2, but Bowling Green began to rally. The Falcons brought the set within one off a bad set by Cole at 9-8. Only leading by one, Marshall never surrendered the lead and gained distance from the surging Falcons. The Herd pushed its lead out to four points at 19-15 off a kill by Kiekover. Marshall maintained the four point lead and clinched the sweep by taking the third set, 25-21.
Quotes by head coach Mitch Jacobs
On the team's play in the middleÃ¢â'¬Â¦
"We definitely controlled the middle of the net tonight. I was very impressed the way our ball control gave us a lot of opportunities to run our middles. 'Kiko' and Madison were really working to get opportunities and our setters did a great job finding them."
On the team's outside hitters getting one on one swingsÃ¢â'¬Â¦
"Once we established the middle we were able to have some success at the pins. It's hard when you're an outside and only see out of system balls. So it was great to see us go outside in system at times and let them get some one on one swings."
"Fun night, great that it went our way. That's a really good team we just swept so now it's our challenge to regroup and focus for Friday."
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Marshall remains in Ohio at the Toledo Rocket Invite from Friday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Sept. 10. The Herd will face Fort Wayne and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday at Noon and 5 p.m., respectively. Marshall finishes the tournament against Toledo on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.