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Tigers serve up sweep of Fairmont

No. 1-ranked Marshall completes three-match road trip to start season with perfect 3-0 record

September 5, 2012
Marshall Independent

The Marshall volleyball team finished its season-opening trio of away games with a sweep over Fairmont Tuesday night in Fairmont.

The Tigers completed the sweep 25-8, 25-13, 25-18 and have only dropped one game in their first three matches.

"It's the third of three long road trips, so we were concerned about how focused our kids were going to be," Marshall head coach Dan Westby said.

Marshall found itself down 5-3 to start the match, but quickly turned it around in Game 1 to cruise to the win.

"We came out and got down early," Westby said. "We regained some focus and played better in that first set and ended up winning by a wide margin."

In the second and third games Marshall led the entire way for the sweep.

"I thought we were a little more focused after that start," said Westby. "We did a better job of figuring out what they were going to do and we dealt with it a lot better. We need to be better at reading what other teams are doing."

Sydney Griffin and Kenzie Beekman each put down 12 kills for the Tigers, while Beekman was also 11-for-12 serving. Griffin added 11 set assists and four blocks.

"It was nice to see Sydney Griffin become more involved for us offensively," Westby said. "She had a nice game hitting. That was good to see.

"We also got some other kids involved. We're going to need all of those kids to contribute for us at the net."

Hannah Bennett was perfect from the service line, going 16-for-16 with an ace, while Angela Tauer was 9-of-11 with an ace. Bennett also pitched in 11 digs in the win.

Rachel Sanow was solid for the Tigers, recording 11 set assists to match Griffin.

"Both kids are setting the ball pretty well," Westby said. "It's sometimes difficult when you have two setters to get that consistency with the hitters, but so far both those kids have done a nice job of delivering the ball."

The Tigers turn around on Friday night and play in their home tournament, the Molten Southwest Minnesota Challenge.

"We are looking forward to playing at home. It's going to be a very challenging tournament," Westby said. "There are a number of good teams playing. It's will be a tough weekend for us, but a good weekend for us."

Marshall25 25 25

Fairmont8 13 18


Serving (good-att-ace): Hannah Bennett 16-16-1, Angela Tauer 9-11-1, Kenzie Beekman 11-12-0

Kills: Sydney Griffin 12, Beekman 12.

Digs: Bennett 11, Beekman 6, Maci Louwagie 4.

Set Assists: Rachel Sanow 11, Griffin 11.

Blocks: Griffin 4, Louwagie 3, Callie Graff 3.



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