Courtesy EKU Athletics

The Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team fell in straight sets to Marshall University Tuesday night.

The Colonels lost 22-25, 19-25 and 24-26. Freshman Abby Noll posted a match-high 14 kills and 13 digs on the match. Rachel Woody had 32 assists and 10 digs.

In set one, the two teams traded punches for most of the set. Marshall took a 15-13 lead after a kill by Mion Weldon. The Colonels answered right back with two points of their own after a Thundering Herd error. The two teams would trade point’s back-and-fourth again until the game was tied at 20-20. Eastern had back-to-back errors, to give Marshall the 22-20 lead. EKU answered back with two straight points of its own after a kill by Katelynn Caserma-Kloeble to tie the game back at 22-22. Marshall won the last three points of the set, to take the opening set 25-22.

In set two, Eastern got off to a quick start and jumped out to a 12-9 lead after a kill by Noll. Marshall would respond with five of the next six points to take a 14-13 lead in the stanza. The Thundering Herd kept the momentum going scoring six of the next eight points to take a 19-16 lead. Marshall scored the last four points of the set to take the second stanza, 25-19.

Set three was much like the opening set, and the two teams traded blows most of the set. After a Herd attack error, the Colonels took a 13-11 lead. Caserma-Kloeble gave Eastern its biggest lead of the set, 22-19, after her kill. Marshall did not go down without a fight though. The Thundering Herd scored the next five points to take a 24-22 lead after an EKU error. Eastern answered right back with back-to-back kills capped off by Noll to tie the match at 24-24. Marshall scored the final two points of the match to take the set 26-24.

Sarah Schank led the way for Marshall with a team-high 12 kills and five digs. Ciara Debell chipped in 10 kills of her own.

Eastern wraps up the non-conference portion of its

schedule this weekend in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Colonels take on Navy on Friday, followed by the host West Virginia and Duquesne on Saturday. First serve against the Naval Academy is at 4:30 p.m.

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