WIN STREAKS UP TO SIX FOR OHIO, BSU:
Ohio increased its win streak to six straight with victories over Akron and Miami, as did Ball State following wins over Northern Illinois, Kent State and Buffalo.
Ohio's 13 wins are four more than last season, while the six league wins doubles the Bobcats output from a year ago. Ohio, which has a three-game lead over Akron in the East Division standings, is on the schools longest winning streak since 1996. Ohio will attempt to go on its longest streak of consecutive wins -- seven -- since 1995 when it travels to Marshall on Wednesday. In addition to the Thundering Herd, Ohio also faces West Division foes Ball State and Western Michigan.
Ball State, meanwhile, has won six straight and 13 of its last 14. The Cardinals, who have a one-game lead over Western Michigan in the West Division standings, is facing three MAC opponents in one week for the second straight week. BSU faces Miami, Ohio and Akron all on the road this week, then battles Northern Illinois next Friday -- also on the road.
ROAD WIN A FIRST FOR OHIO AT MIAMI:
In addition to winning their sixth straight match, the Bobcats' win at Miami was the schools first win in Oxford in 19 tries, dating back to 1980, and only the teams fifth win in 44 meetings between the two schools. Ohio's last win against Miami, prior to Saturday, was in 1994, a span of 12 matches.
MAC PLACES TWO IN REGION RANKINGS:
In the first official NCAA regional rankings released Oct. 4, two MAC schools were named in the Mideast Region. Ball State was tabbed seventh, while Ohio was ninth. The next regional rankings will be announced on Oct. 18.
NCAA Division I Womens Volleyball
Mideast Rankings (Oct . 4)
School - Overall Record
1. Minnesota - 15-0
2.Ohio State - 14-0
3.Wisconsin1 - 3-2
4.Michigan State - 10-3
5.Penn State - 12-4
6.Iowa - 7-5
7.Ball State - 10-3
8.Michigan - 10-4
9.Ohio - 11-4
10.Fairfield - 9-2
FIRST IN A LONG TIME FOR TOLEDO:
Toledo's home win over Bowling Green last week was only the schools eighth victory in 46 meetings against the Falcons but it was the first sweep at home since 1985 against BGSU. In addition it was also UT's first win over Bowling Green since the final weekend of the 1997 regular season. The Rockets hit .303 as a team and was led by Bitsy Mayhle's career-best .548 attack percentage and match-high 19 kills. Jessica Buck and Becky Radomski added 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for Toledo. The Rockets are three wins away from equaling their win totals from a year ago in overall and MAC victories.
NOT IN OUR HOUSE, SAYS WMU:
With its home wins over Bowling Green and Kent State, Western Michigan appears ready to continue a trend. In their last three seasons, the Broncos have not been very hospitable to visiting conference foes. WMU
is 17-3 in home MAC matches the last three seasons for an .850 winning percentage. WMU is 35-7 overall at University Arena during that time span. Western Michigan plays seven of its final 10 regular-season conference matches at home.
ITS RALLY TIME FOR MIAMI AND OHIO:
When the match went rally scoring on Saturday, it marked the seventh time for both Miami and Ohio to go five-games this season. Ohio inched out its sixth win in rally scoring with a 15-13 win in the fifth stanza against Miami. The RedHawks dropped their fourth five-game match.
SALLEES ASSAULT TO THE TOP:
Ball State senior setter Emily Sallee is closing in on third-place on the MAC career assists list. Sallee, who has 5,591 career helpers, is 28 assists short of moving up to second all-time in MAC annals. Up next for Sallee is Akron's Kim Schaper, who passed out 5,619 assists and is third all-time. Sallee is also 204 assists from moving past former Miami setter Jessica Stout's top mark of 5,794 helpers.
MAC Career Assists
1.5,794 - Jessica Stout, Miami (1994-97)
2.5,619 - Kim Schaper, UA (1996-99)
3.5,591 - Emily Sallee, BSU (1997-pr.)
MERRILL NEARING THE TOP:
Ohio's Amber Merrill needs just three kills now to claim second place on the schools all-time list. She had 33 kills over the weekend for a career total of 1,281, two short of Katie Mullen, who had 1,283 from 1996-99. Entering the weekend, Merrill is 258 kills short of tying the school record of 1,539.
VONDERHAAR NABS RECORD FOR NIU:
In Friday's match against Toledo, Northern Illinois sophomore middle blocker Jen VonderHaar set a school record for attack percentage as she hit .750 on the night. She had 13 kills and only one error in 16 attempts. The old record was .727 set by Kori Schauer on 10/31/92 vs. Cal-State Fullerton. Just a week prior, VonderHaar hit .714 in a match against Marshall, which at the time was the second-highest hitting percentage in NIU history.
SCHAUB SET TO BREAK TWO MARKS:
Eastern Michigan senior Sara Schaub is closing in on a pair of school records. Entering this week's action, Schaub is 30 attempts and 20 digs from becoming the schools all-time leader in both categories. Schaub has 3,513 attempts and 1,147 digs.
BSUS HOME STREAK CONTINUES:
Ball State increased its home winning streak to 26-straight following wins over Northern Illinois, Kent State and Buffalo. BSU has won all nine home contests this year and ended the 1999 season with 17 straight wins at home. The Cardinals current streak is the second-longest active one in Division I, trailing Colorado States 37 consecutive victories. Ball State, which plays its next four contests on the road, is next at home against Marshall on Oct. 27.
MITCHELL GUIDES CHIPS TO WINS:
Jennifer Mitchell posted big all-around number last weekend in leading CMU to a 2-0 record. Mitchell averaged 3.5 kills, 2.2 digs and 1.3 blocks per game and hit .529 on the week. The senior tallied a career-high 12 total blocks against Bowling Green and posted a match-high 13 digs against Marshall. She is now 11 kills away from posting career kill No. 1,000.
ROAD NOT SO KIND TO FALCONS:
After sitting in second place last week with a 2-2 record, Bowling Green fell to fourth following three road losses to Toledo, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. The three straight MAC losses is the teams longest streak since the end of the 1998 season, when the Falcons dropped their final 13 MAC contests.
FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTE FOR UB:
Buffalo freshman Alexis Bouie earned the first start of her career against Miami and chipped in with six kills, five blocks and three digs. Fellow first-year teammate Lindsay Matikosh had a consistent week for the Bulls. She had nine kills against Akron, eight versus Miami and eight against Ball State, in addition to piling up 18 digs versus the three schools.
CONSISTENT BLOCKING FOR KSU:
Kent State has three individuals with at least 30 total blocks. That trio is led by sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Dreyer, who has recorded 48 total blocks (0.76 bpg). Senior middle blocker Shiva Davis has recorded 35 blocks (0.63) and junior right side hitter Chantel Vineyard has also recorded 35 blocks (0.56).
A STEADY PERFORMER FOR THE HERD:
Sophomore Sara Boyles led Marshall this past week. The middle blocker had 12 kills and two solo blocks and one block assist in a four game defeat versus Morehead State. She also added a team-high 17 digs versus the Eagles. The all-MAC Freshman Team choice from a year ago returned against Central Michigan and hammered out eight kills and added two blocks.
CASE AND LEWIS TEAM UP FOR AKRON:
Akron sophomore Ashlie Case and freshman Sandy Lewis paired up for the Zips and helped the team to a win over Buffalo to move into second-place in the East Division. Case had nine kills, six digs and hit .500, while Lewis had 10 kills, six digs and three blocks. Case added eight kills and 11 digs later in the week at Ohio, while Lewis had seven kills and 10 digs.