The score of the box
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – With a dominating offensive performance, the Marshall University volleyball team (4-3) swept the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (4-5), 3-0, (25-16, 25-22, 25- 22) during his opening game of the Marshall Invites on Friday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
“I’m really proud of our execution tonight offensively,” the Herd volleyball head coach said. Ari Aganus said after his team had a .347 hit percentage in the win. “We were able to rely on multiple plays to keep the offense spread out. Lydia (Montague) and Essence (Clerkley) were key to opening up options for our pins because they were such offensive threats. Every player in our program did Phenomenal work. , and the vibe of our amazing fans was huge as we got back in third for the sweep!”
Senior Lydia Montague had a fantastic performance with a team-high 11 kills and a .529 hit percentage. The center blocker for Lehi, Utah, also participated in the herd’s six blocks with six assists.
Senior Medium Blocker Clerkley Gasoline was no slouch on offense as the middle tackle had a .538 hit percentage and eight kills in the win.
Junior Regan Tinkle added nine kills and a .400 hit percentage in the contest.
Second year Brynn Brown compiled 34 assists from 78 set attempts, committing no set errors.
Fifth year senior Kaitlyn Gehler recorded 13 digs and a graduate student Macy McElhaney followed by 11.
The opening set was hotly contested early on but saw the herd trail 10-9. A pair of kills by Macy McElhaney, a kill from Montague and a service ace from Gehler put the home team ahead 13-10 and saw Charleston Southern call a timeout. The stoppage did not break Marshall’s momentum. Montague killed time out and then teamed up with Macy McElhaney for three straight blocks to wrap up a 7-0 MU rally, giving them a 17-10 lead. The Buccaneers had just six points the rest of the way as the Herd won the first stanza, 25-16.
The second frame saw the two sides in a 4-4 stalemate early in the set. Montague then had a kill and registered an ace on serve to give Marshall a 6-4 advantage. The Herd extended their lead to four, 8-4, on a CSU attacking error and a Macy McElhaney kill. Charleston Southern cut Marshall’s lead and tied the second set, 21-21. However, MU collected four of the last five points of the set to win it 25-22. The Herd had a .406 attack percentage in the game, executing 17 out of 32 kills and committing only four errors.
The third set featured just four lead changes but saw the scoreboard tied 12 times. Marshall had to overcome two four-point deficits. Once early in the set, 11-7, and the herd saw themselves trailing 17-13 late in the frame. Despite trailing by four points, Marshall showed resilience as he staged an 8-2 rally, which included a pair of Macy McElhaney kills, a kill by Clerkley and five CSU errors, including four consecutive errors, to go up 21-19. Although the Buccaneers scraped a pair of points to tie the set, 21-21, the visitors made three errors in the final five as a Charleston Southern service error sealed the set, 25-22, and the match for the herd.
Marshall wraps up action at the Marshall Invite on Saturday against Murray State at 12:30 p.m. and Kent State at 6 p.m. The Kent State game will serve as Local Heroes Night where we honor those who have a positive impact on our community.
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