Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results
Northern Illinois 3, Central Michigan 0
Ball State 3, Buffalo 2
Ohio 3, Bowling Green 0
Western Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0
Miami 3, Kent State 1
Akron 3, Toledo 1
Stories Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Offices
Northern Illinois 3, Central Michigan 0
DeKALB, Ill. - After falling to Central Michigan in last year's Mid-American Conference tournament championship match, the Northern Illinois volleyball team completed a clean sweep in the 2012 season series by cruising to a 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 win over the Chippewas (12-11, 6-6 MAC) Saturday night at Victor E. Court. The win for the Huskies (16-12, 7-5 MAC) ended a three-match skid and extended the Chippewas losing streak to four, while also giving NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden his 200th career win.
"I'm so happy for our group tonight for coming back and fighting," said Gooden, who is just the second coach in Huskie history to reach 200 career wins. "Our conference and division has been a challenge - every night you have to bring it. We've been on the short side of it the last few matches and it was great for our team to come back with fresh energy against the defending MAC Tournament champions and defend our house."
Well-rested and ready to go after a tough 3-1 loss to Eastern Michigan last night, the Huskies bounced out to a quick 3-1 lead thanks to a pair of kills by senior outside hitter Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso). Several plays later, back-to-back kills by Romo ignited a 16-6 run to put NIU up 1-0 in the match. After hitting .500 against EMU yesterday, the Huskies hit .407 in the first stanza versus CMU, who hit just .100.
In the second set, NIU faced a 6-1 deficit right off the bat but responded with an 8-2 run with help from five CMU attack errors to take a 10-8 lead. Then four more Chippewa attack errors pushed the Huskie lead to 15-11. However, CMU found the court with shots to knot it at 19-19 after a Huskie error. Unlike last night, the Huskies turned key points down the stretch as sophomore outside MacKenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) and junior middle blocker Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) notched two straight kills. Following two more CMU errors, senior middle Mary Kurisch (La Crosse, Wis./West Salem) hammered down a quick, and after a CMU kill, scored on a cross-courter to give NIU a commanding 2-0 lead at the break.
The final set saw the Huskies get off to a quick start again, taking a 10-5 lead after an Angelos kill. The Chippewas eventually climbed back and grabbed a 17-16 edge, but it was short-lived. Roddy fired back with a kill off the CMU block, Angelos turned in a stuff-block, and then another CMU error put NIU ahead 19-17. From there, Angelos went to work as she scored NIU's final three points to end the match.
Angelos paced the Huskies with 10 kills and a robust .455 attack percentage as she was errorless on the weekend. Roddy also totaled 10 kills and served tough with three aces. Freshman setter Alexis Gonzalez (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) handed out 29 assists and also put pressure on with her serve with two aces.
"I thought Sarah Angelos did a great job offensively and our team played great team volleyball," said Gooden. "Sue Hayes made some great digs and defensive plays. We served really well and passed really well, which is one of our big rocks for our team. It was nice to end this home stand on a positive note, we know that we have some challenges coming up, but it was a great win for us tonight."
Defensively, senior libero Amber Walker (Juneau, Alaska/Juneau Douglas/Western Oregon) tallied a match-high 18 digs.
NIU next hits the road to take on Toledo Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 PM CT and Ball State Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12 PM.
Ball State 3, Buffalo 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team came up with another late escape Saturday night, pulling away in the fifth set to score a 3-2 (25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 20-25, 15-8) victory at Buffalo in another key Mid-American Conference match-up for the Cardinals.
With the win, the Cardinals move their overall record back above the .500 mark at 13-12, while the team's MAC record evens out at 6-6. The Bulls fall to 8-16 (2-10 MAC) with the loss.
Three Cardinals finished the match with double-digit kills, led by the match-high 19 senior outside hitter Kara Bates (Bradley, Ill./Bradley Bourbonnais Community/Maryland) collected. Bates also served up a pair of aces and recorded a pair of blocks, while adding eight digs.
Also scoring double-digit kills for the Cardinals were senior middle hitter Lisa Scott (McLean, Va./Langley/Maryland) and junior outside hitter Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati) with 12 and 10, respectively. Scott would pace all players with seven total blocks, while adding a career-high nine digs and hitting .429 (12-3-21).
Junior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) finished the night with her 13th double-double of the season by handing out 53 assists and racking up 16 digs. Seidel ran the BSU offense to a .203 (62-26-177) rate of success.
Senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) added a team-best 24 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Taylor Richardson (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) added 11.
Dana Musil and Tahleia Bishop tied for team-high honors with 15 kills apiece for Buffalo, while Kelly Svoboda collected a match-high 28 digs.
The BSU defense, which tallied 13.0 team blocks, limited the UB offense to a .168 (59-28-184) hitting effort, and also held an 87-81 advantage in digs. BSU also out-aced the Bulls 5-1.
With the score of the opening set tied at 11, the Cardinals capitalized on a Bates kill and three UB errors to pull ahead 15-11. Ball State would play to a six-point advantage at the 18-12 mark, while going on to win the frame 25-20 on a kill from redshirt freshman outside hitter Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley).
The teams played to a 6-6 stalemate in the second stanza before the Cardinals gained control of the momentum at 8-6 thanks to kills from Bates and junior middle hitter Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven). Ball State would then cruise to a 25-16 set victory capped by a Bates marker.
Ball State looked poised to end the match in three, holding a 21-16 lead in the third frame. Unfortunately, the hosts answered with a 10-3 run to win the set 26-24 and force a fourth.
Buffalo scored seven of the first eight points in the fourth set, only to see BSU battle back within one at 7-6. Ball State would go on to take a 12-10 advantage after another Bates marker, while a kill from freshman setter/outside hitter Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) gave BSU a 17-14 edge. However, the Cardinals were once again unable to close out the set, as the Bulls ended the frame with an 11-3 run to send the match to five.
Buffalo kept the score of the fifth game close early, trailing by one at the 5-4 mark. However, Ball State managed to regain its momentum from the opening two sets and score the next five points to pull ahead 9-4. From there, the Cardinals would score six of the final 10 points to win the set 15-8 and the match 3-2 on Bates' match-high 19th kill of the night.
The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to Worthen Arena Friday, when it hosts Western Michigan in a 7 p.m. first serve.
Ohio 3, Bowling Green 0
ATHENS, Ohio - In a battle between the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference, Ohio Volleyball swept Bowling Green on Senior Night, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. Lexie Hartnett and Faith Robins each tallied 10 kills as the Bobcats won their 11 match in a row to sit alone atop the league standings.
"They're just a terrific group of young women. They have been great leaders and role models for the rest of our team throughout this season," Head Coach Ryan Theis said of his seniors. "They exemplify everything a student-athlete should be and I'm proud of everything they've accomplished."
Robins' performances caps a weekend that saw her notch 23 kills and hit .447 for the Bobcats in wins over BG and Miami. Hartnett reached double figures for the first time in MAC play this season as she hit .333 vs. the Falcons.
"It felt really good to perform like this on Senior Night because its just such a special night," Hartnett said. "I just felt like I had some openings, as a hitter, and I could find space on the court with my swings. Everything just seemed to click tonight for us."
Sophomores Chelsea Bilger and Kelly Lamberti continued their strong play as well for Ohio. Lamberti led the team with 11 kills and her 13 assists gave her 12 double-doubles for the season. She now has four double-doubles in a row and five in the last six matches. Bilger also hit double figures on the evening with 10 kills.
Abby Gilleland hit the 40-dig plateau once more, finishing right at the mark, tops in the match. Meredith Ashy's 17 digs led the Green and White while Mollie Geske also recorded 10.
Ohio jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first set and forced a quick BG timeout. Leading by five later in the frame, Robins notched back-to-back kills and a BG ball handling error made the score 22-14 in favor of the Green and White.
Hartnett's first kill and block would eventually win the set for Ohio 25-18. The `Cats held BG to a .093 hitting percentage, its lowest showing of the match.
Ohio took its first lead of the second set at 10-8 after a BG service error, an ace by Gilleland and a Bilger kill. In front 12-11, the Bobcats rattled off seven points in a row, with Lamberti and Hartnett doing most of the damage, to take a commanding 19-11 lead.
The Falcons scored five in a row to make things interesting at 21-18, but that's as close as the visitors would get as Lamberti closed things out with her sixth kill of the set. Hartnett added four kills in the game as the Bobcats hit .342 as a team.
The Bobcats fell behind by as many as three in the third set and were trailing 11-18 before they flipped the momentum. A kill by Bilger was followed by a Gilleland ace and Robins kill to even the score. Bilger then struck again for a 12-11 Ohio lead.
BG went ahead once more at 17-16 but Ohio got consecutive kills from Hartnett, Lamberti, Bilger and Serna Warner for a three-point cushion. The Falcons closed the gap to one at 21-20 but Bilger and Warner denied an attack attempt to quell the momentum.
Three errors by BG allowed the `Cats to close Senior Night out in style with a sweep of the team that handed them their only loss in MAC play.
Ohio finishes the MAC slate with four-consecutive matches on the road. The Bobcats are at Kent State this Thursday at 7 p.m. before crossing over for a game against Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.
Western Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Jessica Brown posted a match-high 15 kills, Lena Oliver and Caroline Rose each recorded 18 digs, and the Western Michigan volleyball team recorded its second sweep in as many days with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23) win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 16-9 overall, 9-3 in the Mid-American Conference.
Brown was an offensive dynamo for the Broncos, pounding home 15 kills against the Eagles; she recorded just two errors on her 27 swings for a .481 hitting percentage. Stephenee Yancy and Richelle Ranney each recorded nine kills, with Yancy hitting a team-best .529, and the Bronco offense hummed to the tune of a .287 team hitting percentage.
Defensively, Rose and Oliver were part of an effort that out-dug the Eagles 68-59 and held them to just a .102 hitting percentage on the evening. The Broncos recorded 7.0 team blocks as well, compared to just 5.0 team blocks for the Eagles.
The first set was fairly nip and tuck early on, but the Broncos pulled away thanks to a diversified offensive attack. After a pair of Eagle attack errors gave WMU a 7-5 lead, Terin Norris notched a tip kill; on the next play, she found Yancy on a quick set to extend the lead to four points. The duo teamed for a block on the very next point to complete a 5-0 run that made the score 10-5 and broke the set wide open.
Eastern Michigan would come back to tie the set at 17-17 with a run of their own, but Richelle Ranney recorded a kill to halt their momentum. Gillian Asque had a kill of her own two points later to force an EMU timeout, and the Broncos would soon reach set point when Yancy bounced a kill down the middle. Asque and Brown would go up on the right side to notch the set-winning block, closing it out 25-19 to take the set.
The Broncos kept the heat on in the second set, opening up on a dominant stretch and never giving EMU a chance to get into the set. WMU started the set on a 6-2 run that was capped by Norri's kill, and the lead continued to swell as the Broncos forced error after error. Kaycee Acree recorded a service ace to make it 13-6, and an EMU attack error would push the lead to double digits at 18-8. Ranney notched kill to make the score 21-8 and force an Eagle timeout, and Yancy would force set point with another kill to make it 24-13. An Eastern Michigan ball handling error would seal the deal and give the Broncos a two-set lead.
EMU would jump out to a lead and hold it for a good portion of the third set, but the resilient Broncos came back to steal the set and send the Eagles packing. Trailing 18-15 at one point, a pair of EMU errors would pull the Broncos back into contention, and one point later, Ali Gossen and Stephenee Yancy stuffed Rachel Iaquaniello's attack attempt to tie the set at 18-18. The Broncos took their first lead of the set when Gossen recorded a kill on the next point, but the teams would trade points until reached a tied score at 23. EMU's Megan Crawshaw committed an attack error to give the Broncos match point, and Ranney did the rest with a kill to make it 25-23.
Miami 3, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio - The Miami University volleyball team kept rolling Saturday evening, earning its fourth victory in its past five games with a 3-1 win over Kent State (22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19). The RedHawks improve to 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes fall to 6-18 overall and 3-9 in the MAC.
Two kills from Lisa Treadway and a block by Annie Reiswig and Kayleigh Cox helped lead Miami to an 8-4 lead to begin set one. Kent State responded with a 6-2 run of its own to tie the score at 10. After a setting error from the Golden Flashes, a kill by Madison Dodd and a block from Jenny Ingle and Meg Riley would put the 'Hawks back in front by three. The teams battled back-and-forth until Miami was up, 18-16. From there, a 7-0 run by Kent State would give it control of the set at 23-18. Ingle, Riley and Treadway put down kills as the RedHawks attempted to make a comeback, but the Golden Flashes would go on to earn a 25-22 win.
A service ace by Amy Kendall and kills from Riley and Dodd off of Kendall's assist put Miami quickly up, 3-0, in set two. The quick offensive pressure would be the story of the set, as the Red and White pushed the advantage to 12-5, forcing Kent State to take a timeout. Out of the break, kills from Cox, Riley and Ingle along with a solo block from Dodd would help Miami make it a 19-7 advantage. That would be more than enough as the RedHawks cruised from there to take a 25-14 victory.
Tied at seven in set three, Miami began to make its move. Kills from Cox and Riley, along with a pair of blocks sparked a 6-3 run that gave the Red and White a 13-10 advantage. After the Golden Flashes scored a point, Miami took control with a 6-0 run that featured three kills and a block by Cox. In front 20-15, a service ace by Madison Hardy and two kills from Riley were part of a 5-2 finish that gave the RedHawks a 25-17 win.
Trailing 4-5 in set four, Miami took the next six points to go in front, 10-5. Kent State fought back by taking 10 of the next 15 points to tie the score at 15. Kills by Chelsea Visk, Christina Menche and Ingle would help the RedHawks go back in front, 20-18. Ingle and Dodd would then team up for back-to-back blocks to make it a four-point lead. A service ace from Kendall, along with kills from Dodd and Riley would finish off the 25-19 victory and give Miami the match in four sets.
Riley led the RedHawks with a double-double of 14 kills and 18 assists. Ingle contributed 13 kills on a .435 hitting percentage. Kendall led Miami with 31 assists, while Madison Hardy had 23 digs. As a team the RedHawks hit .291, while holding the Golden Flashes to a .150 hitting percentage.
Miami returns home for a pair of matches next weekend. The 'Hawks will take on Akron on Friday at 7 p.m. and follow it up with a 5 p.m. match against Buffalo on Saturday. Both matches will be available on Miami All-Access.
Akron 3, Toledo 1
AKRON, Ohio – Akron used a steady offensive pace and a breakout performance from freshman Kelsey Wilson to take down Toledo in four sets Saturday, 25-13, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22.
Wilson made her first career start and never looked back, posting a match-high 15 kills with just one error in 21 attempts. Her .667 hitting percentage for the night is No. 9 all-time in the program's record books for a single match, and is the highest clip recorded by an Akron player this season.
All together UA fielded five players with double-digit kills. Tina Dimitrijevs played a strong middle tandem with Wilson, tallying 12 kills and hitting .524. Alex Cocklin delivered 11 and Alex Wiederholt and Chelsea Harvey put down 10 apiece to balance the Zips' attack.
Creating the opportunity for the hitters to swing successfully was Morgan Kuhn, picking up her ninth double-double of the year. The setter ended the match with 11 digs and was one assist shy of her season-high mark with 52.
The Zips had no problem summoning their momentum from Thursday night's win at Buffalo to start the match as they dominated the first two sets against the Rockets in front of the hometown crowd. Akron overpowered Toledo on the attack, hitting .432 in the opening stanza and capitalizing on two separate 6-0 runs to run away with the set.
If they hit well in the first set, the Zips continued to roll in the second, combining for a .538 percentage to Toledo's .182. This time a 12-3 Akron run issued early on would be too much for UT to handle. Four unanswered UA points capped off by a block from Wiederholt and Wilson would be all the Zips would need to go ahead 2-0 heading into the break. UA is now 9-0 on the year when leading two sets to none.
Akron faltered midway through the third set, as the Zips fell behind by as many as seven and were unable to recover. Dimitrijevs came through with a monster kill and a solo block to hold off the Rockets for one set point, but Toledo held on to take the third set by four.
The Zips had to fight their way to the finish in the fourth set, rallying from four points down in the first six plays and playing the Rockets tight the rest of the way. The two teams traded points down the stretch until Akron was able to break a 19-all tie with four straight scores.
A kill from Harvey would bring the Zips to match point, but they would need three shots at it before they could convert, when Dimitrijevs issued the final blow to put Toledo away.
With its fourth straight victory, Akron improves its record to 14-10 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference. Pending the rest of Saturday's results from around the league, the conference mark may be enough to clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament beginning November 16.
The Zips return to the court for their final road weekend of the regular season Nov. 2-3 for two crucial East Division matches at Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green.