Tuesday, 13 November 2012 19:05

Marshall Sports Round-Up for Nov. 13, 2012

Written by  WOODY WOODRUM, Herd Insider Publisher

HUNTINGTON — Marshall will pause at Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14 to honor the victims who died in the football plane crash of 1970.

Also in this report is wrap-up on last night’s loss by the Marshall women’s basketball team at Indiana State; honors for members of the volleyball team; and a second straight win of Diver of the Week by Marshall’s Lauren Rone.

See news and notes below in this edition of the Marshall Sports Round-Up:

Marshall to honor Nov. 14, 1970 victims at 42nd Memorial Service at Memorial Fountain

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University will pause on Nov. 14 at Noon to honor the 75 persons lost in the Marshall football plane crash of Nov. 14, 1970 on Wednesday by the Memorial Fountain at the Marshall University Memorial Student Union on campus.

It is the 42nd anniversary of the worst death toll in American sports history, and the 40th anniversary of the Memorial Fountain’s dedication in 1972.

“From Ashes We Rose” is the greatest quote used to describe remembering the 75 victims in the Marshall University plane crash.

The 42nd Memorial Fountain Ceremony will be sponsored by the Marshall University’s Student Government Association.

The service will take place on Marshall University’s campus at the Memorial Fountain, in front of the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday Nov. 14, at 12p.m.

Chief of Staff for Student Government Association, Adam Fridley said many invitations have been extended out to West Virginia’s political leaders.

“State Senator, Joe Manchin; State Representatives Nick Rahall and Shelley Moore Capito, and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin have all been invited to attend this year’s Memorial Fountain Ceremony,” Fridley says.

Fridley says the long list of speakers at the 42nd Memorial Fountain Ceremony will make for a successful memorial for the victims in the 1970 plane crash.


Many members of the 1970 Herd were lost when the plane they were riding back from East Carolina crashed short of the runway at Tri-State Airport on Nov. 14, 1970. (HI file photo)


Speakers at the ceremony include: Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp; Student Body President Ray Harrell; members of the “Young Thundering Herd,” Marshall’s 1971 football team (including true freshmen for the first time in NCAA history); Mr. Moe Lajterman, brother of one of the victims; Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick; Herd Football Coach Doc Holiday; MU Alumni Board President, Bernie Coston; and many others.

Moe Lajterman will be giving the keynote address at the Memorial Fountain Ceremony this year.

He is the brother of Marcelo Lajterman, the Marshall kicker in 1970 who died with many other players, coaches, administrators, family members and fans in the crash on the hillside on the west end of Tri-State Airport, returning from a football game at East Carolina University earlier in the day.

Marshall University’s University Chorus will be performing a special piece written specifically for Marshall at the 2012 memorial service for victims of the 1970 plane crash.

Performing with the chorus will be Dr. Evan Mack, who composed the work.

Mack, a composer, pianist and member of the faculties of Skidmore College and the College of St. Rose, was an artist-in-residence at Marshall in 2009, giving master classes and concerts.

“The Fountain is a work that Evan Mack composed for the students of Marshall University,” said Robert Wray, director of the University Chorus.

“It was premiered by the Marshall University Chorus in the spring of 2012.”

Mack says he found inspiration for the piece in a poem written by 19th Century poet James Russell Lowell, also called “The Fountain.”

“Musically it was quite freeing to set the text where the music symbolizes the continuing of life, flowing into each generation,” Mack said.

“This made it a perfect fit to connect the piece to the Marshall community, rather than just the fountain. The piece is meant to connect students past and present, just like the water circulated through the fountain.

“This ceremony gives a special connection to students of all generations, something that most colleges and universities can't claim.”

The Memorial Fountain will be marked by the laying of the wreath, 75 roses (with reading of the names of those lost in the plane crash), and the silencing of the fountain.


Suporia Dickens played a team high 27 minutes and hit her first three, but Marshall fell to 1-1 win a loss to the Sycamores at Indiana State on Monday night. (Herd Insider file photo by Marcus Constantino)

Herd Falls to Indiana State on the Road, 55-49

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In its first road contest of the year, the Marshall women’s basketball team fell to Indiana State, 55-49, Monday night inside the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

With the loss, the Thundering Herd falls to 1-1 on the year while Indiana State goes to 2-0 on the young season.

“To be honest, I have no idea how we were even in the game as bad as we played,” first year head coach Matt Daniel said following the game.

“We were playing kids out of position. That’s something we were kind of forced to do because our lack of execution, lack of basketball IQ.”

Marshall was led by Chukwuka Ezeigbo, who in her first career start, posted team-highs in points (12), rebounds (8) and blocked shots (7).

Her rebound and block totals were both career highs, while the blocks tie for fifth most by a Herd player in a game.

The Sycamores were led by Racheal Mann with a game- high 18 points and 12 rebounds. Anna Munn added 14 points.

ISU jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first five minutes of the game. The Herd answered with a 10-4 run to slim the game to one, 16-15.

Shay Weaver had two of her three baskets from beyond the arc in the game during the early run.

Hot first half shooting by the Sycamores helped them build a double-digit lead, as Indiana State shot 52 percent from the field and put together an 11-2 run to wrap up the first half.

Its defense also stifled Marshall as it only scored one bucket, a Jasmine Shaw layup, in the final six-plus minutes of the first half. That led to a 33-23 lead for the Sycamores at halftime.

“It’s new for our kids,” Daniel said in reference to Indiana State’s defensive schemes.

“Part of that is playing out of position because of the substitutions we had to make, but that’s no excuse for our poor play.”

Second half defense by Marshall did keep the game within striking distance. Indiana State shot only 22.2 percent from floor in the second half. However, Marshall allowed 16 second half offensive rebounds and 22 for the game to be out-rebounded 38-36.

Turnovers would haunt the Herd all game and eight in the second period inhibited MU from cutting into the ISU lead.

Three times the Herd cut the deficit to nine points. Three pointers from Weaver and Shaw each trimmed the Sycamore lead, while Ezeigbo had a layup in the final two minutes which put the lead at nine as Marshall concluded the game with 10-straight points to put the final score at 55-49.

The Herd outshot the Sycamores in the game, shooting 41.3 percent for the contest thanks in part to a 50 percent effort after half time. ISU shot 41.3 percent in the game.

Marshall had 19 points off the bench in comparison with Indiana State’s nine.

Weaver’s nine coupled with four each from Erica Woods and Leandra King fueled coach Daniel’s bench.

Ezeigbo and Suporia Dickens each played a team high 27 minutes, and Dickens opened her team’s scoring with her first career three point bucket.

Marshall is back on the court Saturday when it welcomes former Mid-American Conference (MAC) foe Ball State for a 5:30 p.m. tip.


Jill Shemanski and Laura Der were named to All-Conference USA teams for volleyball today by the league office. (HerdZone.com)

Der and Shemanski Receive League Awards

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA announced All-League teams, and Marshall’s junior outside hitter Laura Der earned First Team All-C-USA honors while freshman middle blocker Jillian Shemanski, who made it to the six-player All-Freshman team.

Der’s All-Conference honor marks the first time a Marshall player has been named to First Team since Elizabeth Herman in 2010.

The selection is the first post-season conference award of her career. Der has played in and started 28 matches and 106 sets this season.

She ranks No. 24 in NCAA in kills (4.34 k/s) and No. 24 in points (4.92 p/s), while leading the team in kills (460), attacks (1,377), service aces (37), points (521.0), and is third in digs (321).

“I’m really excited for Laura to be making first team,” said head coach Mitch Jacobs. “She has just had a heck of a year offensively. Her stats rank really high nationally and within the league.”

The Clarksville, Ind. is second in school history for attempts in a season and seventh for kills, and this season she recorded 29 kills (4 sets) against Houston.

Only four other players in Marshall history have recorded more kills in a match.

Shemanski is one of three players to make the Conference USA All-Freshman team in Marshall’s eight year history with the league, joining Sammie Bane and 2007 Freshman of the Year, Elizabeth Fleming.

Shemanski has played and started in 26 matches and 100 sets. She leads Marshall with 96 total blocks (14 solo, 82 assists) and ranks seventh in the conference in blocks (0.96 b/s).

“Jill has worked really hard,” commented Jacobs. “She has come up on some tough times with shin splint injuries, but that middle part of the season for Jill was something else. She racked up blocking stats and she got herself better offensively, and made a big difference for us in the early-to-mid run that we had.”

The Jupiter, Fla. native recorded 13 block assists against SMU (9/23), placing sixth all-time in C-USA history for block assists in a match — the 13 blocks ranks second in Marshall history for blocks in a match and is the most by any C-USA player all season.

She has recorded five or more blocks in seven different matches and has led the team in blocks for 18 matches. On offense, she adds 71 kills, 45 of which came against C-USA opponents, and records a .267 hitting percentage in C-USA matches.

Marshall was 2-0 last week, sweeping Tulane and UTEP, 3-0, 3-0, and secured the No. 6 seed for the Conference USA tournament.

Der was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for her role in winning those games.

Der led C-USA for the week with a solid 6.17 kills per set and 0.83 service aces per set as Marshall swept its final two opponents in regular season play. She ended the weekend with a .337 (37-8-86) hitting efficiency and averaged 2.67 digs per set.

The victories over Tulane and UTEP kept the Thundering Herd hopes alive and secured the No. 6 seed for the conference championship, and the Herd will face UCF at 7 p.m. this Friday in Tulsa, Okla.

The award is Der's first career Offensive Player of the Week honor and marks the third overall Player of the Week accolade this season.

Sammie Bane earned Setter of the Week on Aug. 27 and Dorothy Rahal earned Defensive Player of the Week on Sep. 17.

Follow the volleyball tournament on the Conference USA Digital Network or at HerdZone.com.



Katie Norris, Sr., OH, Houston
Laura Der, Jr., OH, Marshall
Altrese Hawkins, Sr., OH, Memphis
Nancy Cole, Sr., MB, Rice
Megan Murphy, RJr., S, Rice
Caroline Young, So., OH, SMU
Jessica Adams, Sr., L, Tulsa
Tyler Henderson, Sr., OH, Tulsa
Sam Serley, Sr., MB, UAB
DeLaina Sarden, So., MB, UCF
Jeane Horton, Jr., OH, UTEP
Xitlali Herrera, Jr., MB, UTEP

Chandace Tryon, Sr., MB, Houston
Jillian Humphrey, So., MB, Rice
Laurie McNamara, Sr., OH, Rice
Courtney Manning, Sr., MB, SMU
Cori Martone, Jr.,MB/OH, Tulane
Kellie Culbertson, Jr., OH, Tulsa
Rachel Fairbanks, Jr., L, UAB
Sam Skinner, Fr., UAB
Angelica Crump, Jr., OH, UCF
Malia Patterson, Jr., S, UTEP

Emily Howard, MB, Houston
Jillian Shemanski, MB, Marshall
Lydia Bonner, OH, Southern Miss
Quinci Hayward, MB, Southern Miss
Ashley Hooper, MB, Tulsa
Sam Skinner, OH/MB, UAB


Lauren Rone C-USA Diver of Week for second straight time

IRVING, Texas – For the second straight week, Marshall diver Lauren Rone has been named Conference USA Diver of the Week.

Rone swept both diving events for the second consecutive week and in doing so broke the school record in the one-meter in back-to-back meets.

“I’m really proud of her,” Thundering Herd diving coach Jim Zagaria said about his diver’s back-to-back awards.

“Pretty much since February of 2011 to now she has worked her butt off every day, giving up weekends, vacations and summers and it’s really validating all of that hard work.”

In the one-meter, her score of 292.80 was nearly 10 points better than her previous week’s score. It is her third win in four tries this season in the event.

While in the three-meter she set her new personal best with a mark of 275.70. It was her second straight win in the event and the fifth best score all-time among Herd divers.

“She trains year round, (lifts weights) year round, she has changed her whole diet in the past two years and she has pretty much devoted everything to this year,” Zagaria said.

“This (award) is kind of even more validation that hard work pays off.”

This is the senior’s third such award of her career.

Marshall swimming and diving will return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday in Oxford, Ohio for the Miami-Ohio Invitational, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1.


Dennis Tinnon goes for a rebound in last year's Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic, and tickets are available from Marshall for this year's game. (Herd Insider file photo by Greg Perry)

Tickets available for Capital Classic with WVU

HUNTINGTON - Many great Marshall men's basketball tickets remain for the Capital Classic and the home game against Nevada.

The Marshall ticket office has a substantial amount of upper level tickets available for purchase for the annual Capital Classic between Marshall and West Virginia Dec. 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

Big Green members and season ticket holders can either call 800-THE-HERD or use their season ticket holder/Big Green account information to purchase through HerdZone.com.

The general public may only purchase capital classic tickets through Herdzone.com. Upper level tickets are $32 each.

Starting Wednesday Nov. 13 the Marshall ticket office will release lower level chair back student tickets to the general public for the Nevada game on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., as the Marshall student body will be on vacation during the Thanksgiving break.

Seats located in section 101 in the Cam Henderson Center will be available for purchase for $20 each.

These tickets are only available for purchase by calling 800-THE-HERD.


Woody Woodrum edited these stories, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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