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Walker’s 19 Kills Not Enough as Volleyball Falls to Marshall in Weekend Finale
Sherelle Walker put away 19 kills vs. Marshall
GREENVILLE, N.C. – UMBC freshman Sherelle Walker (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) collected 19 kills, but it was not enough as the UMBC volleyball team fell to Marshall, 3-1 (24-26, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21), Saturday afternoon in the Pirate Invitational at Minges Coliseum. The loss snaps the Retrievers’ four-match win streak that dated back to last Sunday’s win over Howard in the Maddie Bingaman Tournament.
Walker, the only Retriever in double figures against Marshall, finished the weekend with 40 kills in the three contests after registering 15 winners against East Carolina in the opener and six against Coastal Carolina Saturday morning.
Junior libero Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin) led UMBC (7-10) with a team-best 16 digs while sophomore Hannah Schmidt (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) and junior Emily Vandegrift (Leesburg, Va./Loundoun County) also scooped up double digit digs with 11 each.
Senior outside hitter Katy Schad led all hitters with 19 kills while also picking up 16 digs to complete the double-double. Junior libero Dorothy Rahal recorded a match-high 21 digs for Marshall (11-4) which has now won eight straight contests.
The opening frame set the tone for the entire match as the teams traded the lead back-and-forth throughout. With Marshall only able to establish a lead no greater than three, the Retrievers hung around and tied the set at 13-13. After five more ties, the Thundering Herd ran off four points to claim the lead 24-19. UMBC responded aggressively, holding off set points and rallying for seven consecutive points to claim a 26-24 come-from-behind opening set win.
The Retrievers continued the momentum into the early going in the second set by opening up a 5-2 lead. The Herd then went on a 10-1 run though to stake to a 12-6 lead and never looked back, leveling the match with a 25-13 win.
The third set returned to the opening set formula as the squads traded the lead five times and were tied 12 different times. With Marshall leading 14-10, UMBC rattled off four straight points to tie the set at 14 on a service ace by Schmidt. Neither team could separate itself over the next six points, but then Marshall steadily built a cushion and held on for a 25-20 set win.
UMBC opened brightly again in the fourth set, winning six of the opening nine points for a 6-3 lead. Though the Herd was able to knot the score on two occasions, the Retrievers pulled head again by three, 12-9, on a service ace by sophomore Tanaeri Santiago (Bayamon, Puerto Rico/American Military Academy). Marshall won three straight points though to tie the score, and then after four more ties, opened up a set-high six point lead, 24-18. The Retrievers rallied to cut the lead to 24-21 before the Herd put the set and match away.
UMBC is now off during the mid-week for the first time this season before traveling to Upstate New York to open America East play at Binghamton on Friday, Sept. 21. The Retrievers and Bearcats are set to begin play at 7 p.m. in Vestal, N.Y.
- Marshall now leads the all-time series with UMBC, 2-1, after the schools split two meetings in the 1980’s.
- Vandegrift only notched six kills against Marshall ending her streak of three consecutive matches with a double-double.