Volleyball hits the road


Marshall University’s volleyball team hits the road this weekend to take on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Friday at Dale F. Halton Arena.

The Herd improved its record to 15-8 (6-4 C-USA) Thursday after beating Middle Tennessee State University, 3-1.

Junior Cassie Weaver said the team is confidant and focused heading into this weekend.

“We’re not satisfied with our play just yet,” Weaver said.

The last time the Herd faced the 49ers, Weaver led the team with an impressive 21 kills in the Herd’s 3-2 victory Sept. 25. Junior Ally Kiekover registered 13 kills while senior Jillian Shemanski finished with nine. Sophomore setter Kayla Simmons dealt 54 assists.

“We’re stressing to stay hungry the rest of the season in order to make up for the beginning of Conference USA play,” Weaver said. “We’re just trying to make the most of the few games we have left.”

The 49ers are 5-13 (2-6 C-USA) after losing seven straight matches.

Weaver said the Herd is focused on playing its own game, and isn’t putting stock in the 49ers’ recent struggles.

“We need to stay focused on what makes us good instead of getting too distracted about who’s on the other side of the court,” Weaver said.

Marshall will look to improve its record with a victory before heading to Alabama to take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham Oct. 30. The Blazers have yet to win a game in conference play.

Brittanie Fowler can be contacted at [email protected].