MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Despite staving off six Marshall match points over the course of two sets, the Mean Green volleyball team fell in the fifth set, 15-13, and was eliminated from the Conference USA Championship in the quarterfinal round.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way our girls played in that match, and they showed incredible determination and fortitude late when they fought off all those match points,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “We had to play yesterday, and they didn’t. Sometimes, that extra rest can be the difference between winning by three points and losing by three points."
After trading off the first two sets, Marshall took control of the match during the third as it ripped off point after point on the Mean Green.
The Herd carried its momentum into the fourth set until NT, when faced with four match points late in the frame, battled back each time to keep its season alive and won the fourth in extras, 31-29.
In the fifth and final set, Marshall, once again, put itself in a position to win the match. The Mean Green dug down and fought off two more match points before eventually falling to the Herd, 15-12, in the tie-breaking set.
"Credit Marshall, they will be a tough out in this tournament for anyone," coach Palileo concluded.
Senior captain Courtney Windham tallied 13 kills and a monstrous 15 blocks, one short of her career high.
All-C-USA first-team selection Carnae Dillard notched her 26th double-double of the season with a team-high 20 kills and 10 digs.
Senior captain and starting libero Shelby Tamura dug up a team-high 18 balls.
Senior middle blocker and All-C-USA second-team selection Karissa Flack posted her 10th double-digit kill performance of the season with 11.
The loss officially eliminated the fifth-seeded Mean Green from its first C-USA volleyball championship tournament in the quarterfinals following a first-round victory over Florida Atlantic.