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MU roundup: No. 24 North Texas women’s soccer visiting Sunday

October 15, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON - North Texas, ranked No. 24 in the nation, visits Marshall University for a noon Sunday women’s soccer match on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.

The Mean Green comes in with a 9-1-2 season record and is 4-0-1 in Conference USA. Marshall is 5-7-2 overall and 3-4-0 in league action.

“Hopefully we can put our heads down and get to work,” Marshall head coach Kevin Long said in a release.

Marshall dropped a 2-1 decision Friday night against the Rice Owls on Hoops Family Field. Marah Abu-Tayeh scored her eighth goal of the season.

North Texas played a 1-1 draw Friday at Western Kentucky. Taylor Torres leads the Mean Green with six goals and five assists.

Volleyball

HUNTINGTON - Marshall’s volleyball team wants to keep Middle Tennessee winless in Conference USA play when the teams meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cam Henderson Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.

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Marshall (9-12) fell to 2-5 in C-USA with a Friday five-set loss at Rice when the first-place Owls improved to 6-0 in conference matches. Marshall’s Ciara Debell registered 28 kills and Gabrielle Coulter had 57 assists.

Middle Tennessee has a 5-14 season record and is 0-6 in C-USA. The Blue Raiders lost Friday at Charlotte.

Tennis

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Marshall freshman Victoria Walter is into the second round of the ITA Atlantic Regional women’s tennis tournament at the Cook Tennis Complex.

Walter defeated Liberty University’s Ashley Bongart in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, in the opening round of the singles draw. The freshman has won three straight matches at the regional tournament after advancing through qualifying.

Top-seeded Natalie Novotna from Virginia Tech and Walter meet Sunday in the round of 32.

Lara Soares from Liberty defeated Anna Smith from Marshall, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) and Old Dominion’s Yulia Starodubsteva beat Liz Stefancic of the Thundering Herd, 6-3, 6-3. Smith and Stefancic play Sunday in the singles backdraw.

Virginia’s Meghan Kelley and Sofia Munera downed Smith and Stefancic in doubles, 8-5.

Swimming

HUNTINGTON - West Virginia University swimmers and divers dominated two days of the West Virginia State Games that concluded Saturday at Fitch Natatorium in Cam Henderson Center.

WVU won the women’s championship with 1,462.5 points. Marshall (1,085.5) and West Virginia Wesleyan placed third (316).

The Mountaineers ran away with the men’s championship with 1,829 points. West Virginia Wesleyan (453) and Davis & Elkins (380) followed.

The event featured a competition among collegiate swimming and diving programs from across the state of West Virginia. WVU’s women won for the seventh time, while the WVU men have won all eight meets.