Marshall traveled to Lakewood tonight to take on the host Vikings in a regional semi-final match. Lakewood took the first set by a score of 25-16. The Ladyhawks came out strong in set 2 and battled back and forth to squeeze out the win by a score of 25-23. The third set saw the Vikings jump out to a big lead but the Ladyhawks battled back to tie it up at 15 and 17. Lakewood would finish out that set by a score of 25-17. The fourth and final set of the evening was another great battle but the Ladyhawks came up short and ended up losing 25-20. Even though it was a tough loss, the atmosphere in the gym was electric. Marshall gave #2 ranked Lakewood all they could handle and more.
On the night for the Redhawks, Olivia Webber led the way offensively with 12 kills followed very closely by Abby Welke with 11. Regan Fulmer, Ja’nyece Larry and Courtney Fuller all contributed with 4, 3 and 3 kills respectively. Running the offense once again for the Ladyhawks was Teagan Giannunzio with 29 set assists to go along with 7 defensive digs. Abby Welke led the defensive effort picking up 15 digs. Ella McAllister was close behing Welke with 13 digs of her own. Paige Crull, Courtney Fuller and Ashlynn Giannunzio also contributed defensively with 6, 5 and 4 digs respectively.
“I’m so proud of the effort put forth by this team tonight. They’ve worked so hard all season and executed at a high level. We competed on every single point tonight and never let up. As a coach, I couldn’t have asked for any more. We may have come up a little short on the court but this team should hold their heads up and be proud of the players they are and more importantly, the people they’ve become. This senior class has set the bar high for the future of this program. They’ve help create a culture like no other. This team has been one of the most dedicated, hard working and talented teams I’ve ever coached. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great community and volleyball program at Marshall.”
The Ladyhawks finish there season with Marshall’s first ever volleyball conference championship (at least in recent memory), there 4th district championship in a row and a great win loss record of 33-9.