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Marshall Posts 3-0 Sweep of Liberty
Marshall used a strong attack to down Liberty, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15), stopping the Lady Flames' eight-match winning streak on Saturday at the Kent State Mizuno Classic.
The Lady Flames (8-2) went 2-1 this weekend in Ohio, and have tied their best start through 10 matches in program history. The Thundering Herd advances to 6-4, including 2-0 at the invitational.
Following the concluson of the weekend's matches, Liberty's Caroline Douglas and Loren Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.
For the match, Marshall hit .306 with 44 kills and also added nine aces. Liberty attacked at a .181 clip and led the Thundering Herd, 7-5, in blocks.
Douglas recorded a team-high nine kills to go with three blocks, while Thomas registered seven kills and five blocks. Jade Craycraft dished out 23 assists in addition to six kills and a team high-tying six digs.
Laura Der paced Marshall with 18 kills to go with nine digs, while Katy Schad hit .556 in tallying 16 kills. Sammie Bane recorded a match-high 37 assists.
Marshall took an early 4-3 lead in set one and stayed ahead for the rest of the set on the way to a 25-18 victory in the opening set. The Thundering Herd hit. 289 in sending down 16 kills, and Der posted seven kills. Douglas led the Lady Flames with five kills, as Liberty hit .184 in the first session.
The Lady Flames battled back from a 19-16 deficit, tying set two with a 3-0 rally that included a pair of kills from Lillie Happel. However, the Thundering Herd closed out the set with six unanswered points to take set two, 25-19.
During set two, Marshall served up five aces, including three by Rahal in the set's closing stages. The Lady Flames posted four blocks in the frame. Der added seven kills in the second set.
The Thundering Herd raced out to a quick 12-5 advantage in set three. Liberty sliced its deficit to five on five different occasions, with the last coming at 20-15 when Thomas sent down her fifth kill of the set. Schad then registered three kills during Marshall's set-clinching 5-0 run to earn the sweep.
Marshall hit .435 during the final set, led by an 8-for-10 performance by Schad. Liberty hit .138, and Thomas went 5-for-6 in the third stanza.
The Lady Flames now return to the Commonwealth of Virginia, where they will play their next two matches. Liberty will face both Virginia Tech and Virginia, Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., meeting the Hokies at 1 p.m. before a 7 p.m. match against the host Cavaliers.