Mustangs Come Up Short In Fifth Set Against Marshall, Fall 3-2
Sept. 23, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - After holding off the Thundering Her in the fourth set, forcing a fifth set with the 25-21 win, SMU fell 3-2 at home to Marshall (23-25, 25-23, 31-29, 21-25, 15-8). Courtney Manning finished with a team-high 15 kills and had five blocks, needing just 14 to break Kendra Kahanek's SMU record of 530 career blocks.
Needing a win in the fourth to extend the match, the Mustangs scored the first six points, and stretched the lead to as many as 10. Marshall (12-5, 2-1 Conference USA) battled back into the set, cutting the lead to three, 20-17, before Caroline Young blasted a kill to send the match to a fifth set.
Marshall kept the momentum they built at the end of the fourth set going at the start of the fifth, scoring the first three points. SMU (4-11, 1-2 C-USA) rallied to tie the score 6-6, but the Mustangs were never able to take the lead. With the score still tied at 7-7, the Thundering Herd score a kill and two straight aces, holding SMU to just one more point the rest of the way, winning 15-8.
In the third set, the Mustangs came from behind to force extra points, but Marshall stole the win 31-29 on a pair of kills by Sacha Byousmcconnell on the last two points. Marshall took a 10-4 lead early in the set, and still had a five-point lead, 23-18, before SMU stormed back. The Mustangs scored the next five points to tie the set 23-23. SMU had three chances with set point, but couldn't come up with a kill for the win.
The two teams spilt 25-23 wins in the first two sets, with SMU winning the first and Marshall taking the second. Courtney Manning scored the kill on set point for the Mustangs in the first set, while Young was blocked on an effort to tie the score in the second, giving the victory to Marshall.
Young had 13 kills, four aces and five blocks to lead the Mustangs with 20.0 points. The sophomore also had six digs. Olivia Bailey recorded her team-leading fourth double-double with 51 assists and 13 digs. Susan Lewis had a match-high 23 digs. Junior transfer Maddie Lozano posted a team-high six blocks and scored nine kills.
The Mustangs begin a four match road trip Friday at Rice at 7 p.m. SMU returns to Moody Coliseum Oct. 12 to take on Tulane.