Courtesy: Nicholls State Athletics
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Junior Heidi Carpenter became the first Nicholls volleyball student-athlete in the rally serve era to record a triple-double, totaling 25 assists, 16 digs and 11 kills in the Colonels four-set loss to IUPUI Friday at the BGSU Invitational.
Nicholls fell in straight sets to Marshall at the Stroh Center later in the afternoon. The Colonels fell to 2-10 while the Jaguars improved to 3-9 and the Thundering Herd bettered their record to 6-7.
IUPUI 3, Nicholls 1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18)
IUPUI senior Maggie Gibson recorded her fourth triple-double of the season, amassing 16 assists, 13 digs and 11 kills.
Nicholls spread the ball well in the first set as six different student-athletes contributed multiple kills. With the frame tied at 15, the Colonels pushed six straight points to pull away and take the first set 25-22.
IUPUI led wire-to-wire in the second, backed by four kills apiece from Maddie Dean and Hannah Oehlberg. The Jaguars swung .417 (18-3-36) while comfortably rolling to a 25-17 win to tie the sets at one apiece.
Nicholls committed four attacking errors as IUPUI scored the final six points of the third to take the frame 25-19 and a 2-1 set advantage. Tied at 13 in the fourth, the Colonels mishit three attacks during a pivotal 4-0 Jaguar run and were never able to erase a 17-13 deficit.
Marshall 3, Nicholls 0 (25-11, 26-24, 25-20)
Carpenter neared another triple-double against Marshall, fronting the team offensively with nine kills and nine assists in addition to seven digs. Thundering Herd redshirt sophomore Ciara Debell pounded 16 kills and teammate Lauren Mattmuller added 10 on a match-high .562 attacking percentage.
Three early service aces helped Marshall jump out to a 10-3 lead in the first, a margin that Nicholls was never able to come back from. Carpenter’s five kills helped Nicholls hold a 24-22 edge in the second before Debell took over with three kills in the next four points, lifting the Thundering Herd to a 4-0 run and a 2-0 set advantage.
Tied at six in the deciding set, a Colonels service error started a 5-0 Marshall run. Nicholls pulled within two points five times but another four-point spurt by the Thundering Herd halted any attempt for a Colonel answer.
Nicholls concludes the event against host BGSU Saturday at 11 a.m.