CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s golf team took fourth place at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational out of a field of 16 teams. Senior Clark Robinson was the Herd’s top player as he finished tied for seventh at 2-under.
Junior Alex Weiss improved by three shots from round two to round three and finished in the top 25.
ON THE LEADERBOARD
Eastern Kentucky won the team competition finishing at 7-under par overall with a three round score of 833. Virginia Tech was the runner-up at 1-over with a total score of 841.
The tournament came down to the wire as Erik Lindwall of EKU won the individual finishing at 7-under with a three round total of 203. Lindwall and Sarit Suwannarut were tied at 7-under going into the 18th hole. Lindwall made par while Suwannarut bogied the hole.
Head Coach Matt Grobe…
“I was very excited. This is one of the better finishes that we have had, and it’s really tough because I can’t really be out there having to do a lot of the operations for the tournament. Luckily for us, Logan (Lagodich) is here. It’s his fifth year and so Logan was here and out there for all three rounds which was awesome and the guys really responded well to him. He saved a lot of strokes out there for us being able to be out there with them.
“I feel really good about the team going forward and it is a quick turnaround before going to EKU this weekend.”
Herd women’s soccer
falls to WKU
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The Marshall women’s soccer team (2-3-2) lost its Conference USA opener, conceding a goal in the 82nd minute in a 1-0 loss to WKU (5-3-0) Thursday night at Hoops Family Field.
Goalkeeper Emily Moreland made three saves in the loss for the Herd. Ashley Seltzer recorded the lone shot on goal for Marshall.
The Herd controlled the first 15 minutes of the match, taking two shots, including the one on goal by Seltzer and managed to force two corner kicks. The Herd defense was also able to catch WKU offside five times in the half. Marshall was unable to capitalize on any of its opportunities as the score remained 0-0 at the half.
WKU controlled the majority of the second half, taking seven shots, including three on goal. The Herd defense was able to catch the Lady Toppers offside four more times in the half. WKU finally broke through in the 82nd minute, as Chandler Backes tallied her team-leading eighth goal of the season for the Lady Toppers. The Herd did not find an answer and fell by a final score of 1-0.
The Herd hits the road for a contest with William and Mary Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Women’s golf breaks
BATAVIA, Ohio – The Marshall women’s golf team broke three records on its way to taking first place at the NKU Fall Classic. Freshman Shelby Brauckmuller set a tournament record with a 3-under 68 during the third round.
The Herd set two team tournament records with a third round 292 and the overall three-round score of 898. Marshall led for most of the tournament and finished 15-strokes ahead of the runner-up, Youngstown State.
Brauckmuller improved through each round as she shot a first round 79, then dropped to a second round 76 and then the tournament record of 68 in the final round. She dropped in four birdies on her way to the record. Her improvement allowed her to climb up twelve spots on the leaderboard to a fourth place finish.
Redshirt sophomore Sarfina Seretharan finished in second place overall, one shot off the lead of Detroit’s Sarah Thompson. She improved six strokes from her first to her third round.
Interim Head Coach Brooke Bellomy …
“I’m extremely proud of the way this team played these past two days. They deserve this win because of the hard work they put in this past week. It’s going to be an awesome year with this team.”
Marshall men’s soccer
falls at High Point
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Marshall men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at High Point Wednesday night. The Herd fell to 3-3 while High Point improved to 4-0-1.
Marshall started on the attack with two shots within the first three minutes of the match. High Point then held the advantage with three shots in five minutes from the ninth minute to the 14th minute. Two went wide and the third was high. The Herd had three total shots in the first half with one on goal from freshman Paul Whitener.
The first 45 minutes ended in scoreless tie.
The Panthers went on the offensive in the second half with 11 total shots, eight on goal. Freshman Trevor Clemens made his third straight start and had an incredible performance in the second half making seven saves before the goal was scored in the 86th minute.
Clemens made three quick saves in a five minute stretch about seven minutes into the half. The Panthers made another major attack beginning in the 81st minute with five shots on goal over five minutes. Clemens made four saves before the last header made its way in the net on the far post.
It was the first goal the freshman goalkeeper has allowed in three starts. His seven saves were a career high.
Marshall volleyball’s Walker
Named C-USA Freshman of the Week
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall volleyball’s Jac’cara Walker was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week as the Herd dominated with four consecutive sweeps this past week.
“Great to see ‘Jac’ get recognized for her outstanding play throughout last week and her tournament MVP,” Herd coach Mitch Jacobs said. “She works really hard every day to be her best and it shows with her continued development.”
The week began for Walker and the Herd at former Mid-American Conference rival Bowling Green. The Gainesville, Fla., native recorded 10 kills, six digs, two blocks and hit .292. Walker only improved from there as she went on to be named the Toledo/ASICS Invitational Most Valuable Player after recording 36 kills, 16 digs and five aces. Walker hit .500 with 15 kills against Saint Francis, while recording 15 kills and four aces at Toledo. She had six kills and an ace against Fort Wayne. Walker finished with a total 46 kills, 22 digs, seven blocks and five aces in the four matches.
Walker ranks in the top 100 in the NCAA in five categories: service aces (fifth, 21), points (30th, 171.5), aces per set (31st, .50), kills (42nd, 144) and attacks (72nd, 377). The freshman sits at 117 in points per set with 4.08. Walker ranks first in Conference USA in aces and aces per set.
This is the first weekly award in the outside hitter’s career.
* Marshall volleyball improved its win streak on Wednesday night at Stetson (2-9) with its fifth consecutive sweep (25-18, 25-23, 25-15).
The Herd improves to 9-3, winning its last five matches and eight of its last nine.
Senior libero Allie Kellerman was unstoppable from the service line. The Louisville, Ky., native recorded six aces, tied for ninth all-time in a single match and first time since 2007. Kellerman is tied with Kristin Marcum (2006-09), Stephanie Cahill (2004-07) and Uche Ndubisi (2004-07). Kellerman also had a match-high 16 digs.
Offensively, it was a team effort for the Thundering Herd as it featured nine players with at least a kill. Kassidy Lemons had a career-high nine kills to lead Marshall. Cassie Weaver finished the match with eight kills, while Madison Hill had seven kills on 12 swings for a .417 hitting percentage. Kayla Simmons had a team-high 22 assists and Madelyn Cole followed with 13 of her own. Cole recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 10 digs.
wins Toledo Invitational
TOLEDO, Ohio – Marshall volleyball won the Toledo/ASICS Invitational and earned its fourth consecutive sweep on Saturday against the Toledo Rockets (25-19, 25-17, 25-16). The Herd improves to 8-3 overall this season, while Toledo moves to 6-3.
The Thundering Herd earned its first tournament championship of the 2016 season by winning in three sets against Fort Wayne, Saint Francis and Toledo. Senior Ally Kiekover and junior Kayla Simmons were named to the All-Tournament team, while Jac’cara Walker was named tournament most valuable player. Walker finished the tournament with 36 kills, 16 digs, five aces and five blocks. Simmons had a team-high 69 assists and Kiekover finished with five blocks, 14 kills and a .379 hitting percentage.
Marshall started the first set off by surrendering six of the first eight points. Shortly after the slow start the Herd caught fire and took seven of the next eight, to take a 9-7 lead midway through the set. After a Toledo timeout the first set went back and forth until the Herd took three consecutive points forcing Toledo to call a timeout. With the set hanging in the balance at 20-17, the Herd took control of the set and rattled off five points in the last seven to take the set.
The Herd had a quick start to the second set as they took a three-point lead right out of the gate. Shortly after the Herd was on its heels as Toledo went on a fantastic run, taking an 8-4 lead over the Herd, forcing head coach Mitch Jacobs to call a timeout and regroup. After the timeout the game evened out, until the Herd finally broke through with a five-point run to take a 17-13 lead. Walker put the set to rest with two final service aces, capping off a 25-17 second set.
The start of the third set was again dominated by The Thundering Herd as it took the first six points. The Rockets regrouped after calling a timeout, although the Herd never lost control or the lead of the third set. The Herd rattled off four straight points midway through the second set to take an 18-11 lead over Toledo. The Herd once again closed out their opponent by taking seven of the last ten points to cap off a dominating 25-16 third set.
Walker finished the match with a team-high 15 kills. Leading the way in assists was Madelyn Cole with 20, while Simmons had 17. Defensively, Allie Kellerman had 11 digs and Walker had three blocks.
Herd soccer wins
over Appy State
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall men’s soccer team returned to the friendly confines of Hoops Family Field with a 1-0 win over the Appalachian State Mountaineers Saturday afternoon. The Herd improved to 3-2 while the Mountaineers fell to 0-4.
Freshman Alex Reyes scored the lone goal of the match in the 47th minute. Goalkeeper Trevor Clemens earned his second consecutive clean sheet, making two saves.
Appalachian State controlled the possession in the first 15 minutes of the match, challenging Clemens with the first two shots of the afternoon and keeping the ball in the Marshall defensive end of the field. Clemens made both of his saves in the first half. The only shot on goal for the Herd in the first half came off the foot of redshirt sophomore Tatsuya Takeuchi.
The Herd wasted no time in taking the lead scoring just two minutes into the second half. Senior Daniel Jodah found Reyes with a through ball and Reyes slotted one past Mountaineers goalkeeper Jake Chasteen into the bottom left corner of the net to put the Herd ahead. That goal would be all that Marshall needed, as the Herd kept the Mountaineers from taking a shot on target for the entire second half, preserving the 1-0 win.