Mid-American Conference Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week
Melissa Lewis, Bowling Green (Sr., OH)
Mansfield, Ohio (Madison HS)
Lewis averaged 5.23 kills, 3.54 digs, 0.46 blocks per game and hit .338 (68-16-154) for the week in three matches, helping the Falcons to a trio of victories. Lewis had a career-high 31 kills in a five-game win over Wright State, then matched that total in a league win over Kent. Lewis also had two kill-dig double-double performances, including a career-high 22 digs versus Wright State. She became the ninth player in BGSU history to amass more than 1,000 kills.
MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Sept. 6 -- Julie Zylka, Ball State
Sept. 13 -- Carrie McEnery, Kent
Sept. 20 -- Mandy Whitfield, W. Michigan
Sept. 27 -- Zakiya Pope, W. Michigan
Oct. 4 -- Emily Sallee, Ball State
Traci Morin, W. Michigan
Oct. 11 -- Melissa Lewis, Bowling Green
Mid-American Conference Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week
Alissia Thompson, Miami (Sr., MH)
Elk Grove Village, Ill. (Elk Grove HS)
Thompson, the MAC's Player of the Year in 1998, averaged 4.0 digs, 1.43 blocks and 4.14 kills per contest for Miami, en route to a pair of conference wins for the RedHawks. In addition, Thompson also had a .338 (29-7-65) attack percentage and passed out 0.43 assists per game. The middle hitter had 15 digs and six blocks in a three-game win over Eastern Michigan and followed that with an 18-kill, 13 dig performance against Central Michigan.
MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 6 -- Mandy Swick, Northern Illinois
Sept. 13 -- Lori Kemerer, Bowling Green
Sept. 20 -- Julie Zylka, Ball State
Sept. 27 - Julie McDivitt, Akron
Oct. 4 -- Susie Meshberger, Ball State
Oct. 11 -- Alissia Thompson, Miami
AND THEN THERE WERE TWO:
The ranks of the unbeaten in league play shrunk by one over the weekend as Akron lost its first match to Marshall in five games. Miami and Western Michigan are the remaining pair that have yet to drop a match in MAC play.
The RedHawks, however, have matches this week at Ball State on Wednesday and then host Marshall on Friday. The Broncos and RedHawks are scheduled to meet twice during the regular season, the first coming a week from Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Oxford.
KEMERER TRIPLES HER FANCY:
Bowling Green senior middle hitter Lori Kemerer registered a triple-double in the team's non-conference match at Wright State last Tuesday. Kemerer had 22 digs, 12 kills and a carer-high 10 blocks, including a career-best nine block assists. In that match, she became the seventh player to record 1,000 digs in a career and the sixth to reach the plateau in both digs and kills.
ONE MORE STREAK FOR THE 'HAWKS:
Miami has now won 14 consecutive Mid-American Conference contests in Millett Hall, following victories over Eastern and Central Michigan. The RedHawks last loss was to Northern Illinois in the 1997 MAC Championship match on Nov. 22. Miami also has won 17 consecutive MAC regular-season matches at home with the last loss at the hands of Kent on Oct. 10, 1997. After Wednesday's meeting at Ball State, Miami will have its streak tested with five consecutive home matches.
WILLIAMS NABS MARSHALL RECORD:
Junior Wendy Williams established a Marshall record for digs in a match with 37 against Akron. Williams, who is second in the league in digs per game (4.26), broke the old mark of 35 set in 1995 by Alisha Bable. The output also established a new career high, breaking her previous best of 33. Of the top 10 single-match dig totals in Marshall history, Williams owns six of them.
SHORT AND SWEET FOR WMU:
Western Michigan has gone 17 matches without reaching five games in any contest so far this season, and if you go back to last year, the Broncos have gone 24 consecutive contests without one going to rally scoring. That's the longest such streak for the Broncos since 1990 season, when WMU played 18 straight matches before playing a five-game set. The 1985 squad posted the longest such streak under the best-of-five format. The '85 Broncos played 27 matches before going five games against Purdue.
Miami is the only other league school that has yet to play a rally-scoring match this year. The RedHawks are currently on a 21-match streak without playing a five-game match.
SCHAPER NEARS ASSIST MARK:
Senior setter Kim Schaper is inching ever so close to tying the Akron career assist record. Schaper, who has 709 assists this season, needs 39 to tie the record presently held by Patti Godzinski (4,869). Her career total of 4,830 is fifth all-time in MAC annals, and once Schaper passes Godzinski she will move into third-place.
ACES ARE WILD FOR FALCONS:
Bowling Green tied a school record with 17 aces in the team's match against Ohio, equaling the mark set against Tennessee in 1988. The total also established a school mark for most in a three-game match. Heather Greig and Lori Kemerer paced the Falcons with five aces each.
MULLEN MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE:
Ohio senior Katie Mullen moved into second-place in school history in career kills in the Bobcats' match with Marshall. Mullen, who is sixth this season in the MAC in kills per game (4.16), has 1,093 kills and slid past Brenda Bailey for the second spot. Mullen is one of only three players in Ohio history to tally 1,000 career kills.
BLOCK PARADE NETS TOP 10 RANKING:
Central Michigan's Jennifer Mitchell was a force at the net last weekend, posting six total blocks in each of Central's matches. She had two solo and four assisted stops against Ball State and another three solo and three assists versus Miami. Mitchell has a team-best 60 total blocks on the season, 19 solos and 41 assists, and is 11th in the league in blocks per game (0.97). The junior now ranks 10th in Chippewa annals with 41 career block solos.
THINGS BEGIN TO 'MESH' FOR SOPH:
It's beginning to look as though the rust is beginning to wear off of sophomore Susie Meshberger. After sitting out the 1998 season following a transfer from Indiana State, Meshberger has been on fire for BSU. Over her last six matches, Meshberger has hit .466 (69-14-118) and has averaged 3.45 kills per game. Meshberger is fifth in the league in attack percentage (.334) and sixth in blocks (1.13).
MOVING UP THE CAREER LADDER:
Sophomore setter Stephanie Doran moved into second place all-time in Kent career assists Friday with a 65-assist output versus Bowling Green. She added 12 against Buffalo for a current total of 1,605 but has a ways to go in reaching the top spot. The leader, Nicole Collias, had 5,403 career assists from 1994-97.
ROCKETS NET FIRST MAC WIN:
Toledo picked up its first league win of the season with a come-from-behind win at Northern Illinois. The Rockets, who trailed two games to one, were led by Becky Radomski's 15 kills and Bitsy Mayhle's season-best 18 digs.
LITCHFIELD MOVES UP PECKING ORDER:
BSU head coach Randy Litchfield moved into third on the Mid-American Conference list for career wins with his team's victory over Central Michigan. Including the victory over Eastern Michigan, Litchfield, who is in his 11th season, has improved his career victory total to 216. That allowed him to pass Western Michigan's Rob Buck, a 1975 Ball State graduate, who totaled 214 from 1983-93. Denise Van De Walle, a 1976 BSU grad who is in her 17th season at Bowling Green, places second with 305.
EAGLES LOOK TO END ROAD STREAK:
In the midst of a five-match road swing, Eastern Michigan has dropped a season-high three matches in a row. EMU, which is presently 1-3 on its road trip, concludes it with a match at Oakland on Wednesday. The Eagles then have six of their next eight matches at home, where they have claimed three of five contests.
BALL NOT BOUNCING NIU'S WAY:
Northern Illinois is off to its second-worst start in league history at 0-6, trailing only the 1982 finish of 0-8. The Huskies' loss to Toledo was their first-ever to the Rockets in 13 meetings. The most glaring statistic from that match was the 17 serving errors NIU committed in the five-game match, compared to eight by the Rockets.
UB DIGS WAY TO WIN OVER KENT:
Buffalo's sweep of Kent last Saturday was a defensive effort by the Bulls. UB had three players reach double figures in digs, led by Larissa LaCour's career-best 18, 15 from Sasha Courbat and 13 from Rebecca Meade. Buffalo, which held a 64-49 digs advantage, also held the Golden Flashes to a .065 attack percentage.