Herd volleyball sweeps Furman to start South Carolina road trip
The score of the box
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – The Marshall University volleyball team (5-5) swept the Furman Paladins (4-6), 3-0, (25-22, 25-23, 25-12) Friday night in Greenville, Carolina from South.
“Tonight was the perfect definition of a team win,” said the Herd volleyball head coach. Ari Aganus said after the victory. “We had plays that couldn’t sink offensively and Macy (McElhaney) and Jazz (Parrish) stepped up and took responsibility and execution themselves the whole game. Brynn (Brown) was another force all around and a solid play we could count in. We’re excited to have another opportunity to improve in one final game before starting conference play tomorrow at USC Upstate.
Graduate student Macy McElhaney led the herd with 16 kills in the game.
With 10 kills and 11 recoveries, junior Jazminn Parrish cashed a double-double. Second year Brynn Brown also had a double-double with a team-high 27 assists and a team-high 17 digs.
Fifth year senior Kaitlyn Gehler had 16 digs in the win.
In the first set, the score was 7-7. The Herd rallied 9-1 with a pair of casualties per Macy McElhaneytwo wins per senior Clerkley Gasolineone kill each of redshirt junior Olivia Fogo and Brown to go with a service ace from Montague to take a 16-8 lead. The Paladins shot within two points down, 23-21, but the Herd hung on as a Fogo kill sealed the set, 25-22.
MU trailed for the majority of the second stanza until a pair of kills by Macy McElhaneya murder by Brown and a blocking by Parrish and a graduate student Kayla Malec overturned the score at 14-13 Marshall. The score was tied three times in the streak, but the herd did not falter as they took the second set 25-23.
The third frame was all Marshall. He took the lead from the start and never looked back. The closest Furman came to the herd after the opening set points were 8-5 as Marshall swept the contest with a dominating 25-12 score in the final set. MU had a .326 hit percentage in the final set with 17 kills on 43 kills and just three errors.
Marshall ends his trip to Palmetto State on Saturday at 2 p.m. when he takes on USC Upstate.
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