Debell leads MU volleyball past Morehead State

August 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Ciara Debell recorded 35 kills for the Marshall University women’s volleyball team in its first three matches of the season and the Thundering Herd lost all three.

Debell, a redshirt sophomore from Ocala, Florida, registered 32 more kills Tuesday night and led Marshall past Morehead State, 3-2, before 300 spectators in Gullickson Hall. The match was moved from Marshall’s regular home court in Cam Henderson Center where an overhead video-board is being installed.

“All you can really say is that (Debell’s performance) was pretty incredible,” Marshall head coach Mitch Jacobs said in a release. coach Jacobs said. “It took a lot of heart from her to just keep going after it to carry the team offensively. Through times when we were not passing well and not making digs, she kept going and kept picking us up. It was a huge performance.

“I don’t remember the last person who had 30 kills in a match for us. It might go all the way back to (Kelly-Anne) Billingy (2004-07). That was pretty impressive because of the consistency throughout the match. It wasn’t like she had 14 kills in one set and then two in another, it was a great consistent effort by Ciara all night long.”

Marshall, now 1-3 for the season, defeated the Eagles, 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-7. Morehead State’s record is 3-1.

Jacobs said it was a great fight where Morehead State lead the match 1-0 and 2-1. Marshall came back to win and showed its character, he said.

Freshman Gabrielle Coulter led Marshall in assists with 52 and junior Amber Weber topped the team with 21 digs. Freshman Joelle Coulter contributed to the victory with 10 kills and 15 digs.

Morehead State’s leaders in kills were Olivia Lohmeier (19), Jessie Wachtman (14) and Lauren Rokey (13). Allison Whitten made 23 digs while Chandler Clark had 53 assists.

Marshall heads to the Loyola Chicago tournament next to play Friday against Georgia State (11 a.m.) and Furman (6 p.m.) before facing Loyola Chicago at 3 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to moving on,” Jacobs said. “It’s great to get one (victory) in the left-hand column. Hopefully we got a taste for that, everybody’s hungry for more and hopefully we keep fighting.”