Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results
Eastern Michigan 3, Kent State 0
Central Michigan 3, Ohio 2
Bowling Green 3, Akron 1
Buffalo 3, Miami 0
Western Michigan 3, Toledo 1
Stories Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Eastern Michigan 3, Kent State 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team took its second-straight Mid-American Conference victory Saturday, Nov. 3, dropping the Kent State University Golden Flashes. Eastern won the match in straight sets (25-14, 25-18, 25-14).
With the victory, Eastern advanced to 17-13 on the season and 7-7 in MAC play, while Kent fell to 6-20 on the season and 3-11 in conference play.
The Eagles' offense was strong throughout the entire match, posting a .350 attack percentage (46-6-123) with just six attack errors in the match. EMU had three athletes in double-figures for kills with Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) holding a .588 attack percentage with 10 kills. Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) notched 10 kills.
Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) led the Eagles' offense with 17 kills, while posting a double-double with 15 digs. Iaquaniello had just one attack error while owning a .444 hitting percentage in the Eagles' win. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) held a .833 attack percentage (5-0-6). Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) posted a match-high 39 assists in the win. Defensively, Sierra Reed (Parker City, Ind.-Wapahani) led the match with 25 digs.
The Green and White cruised to a 25-14 first-set victory. EMU hit .341 (16-2-41) while holding the Golden Flashes to just a .143 attack percentage (11-5-42). Baker, Iaquaniello and Roback each contributed four kills in the frame, while Davis posted a set-high 13 assists. Baker notched a .800 hitting percentage (4-0-5) in the first-set victory. Defensively, Reed picked up a team-high eight digs and Iaquaniello nabbed six.
The Eagles took the second frame, 25-18, to take a two-set lead. EMU posted a .286 hitting percentage (14-2-42) in the set. Iaquaniello and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) notched four kills apiece, while Iaquaniello and Reed picked up seven digs each. Baker was able to maintain her .400 attack percentage (2-0-5) in the second set as well. EMU held Kent State to a .171 attack percentage (12-5-41) in the second set.
Iaquaniello led the third set with nine kills, while Roback and Baker posted five and four kills, respectively. Davis had a set-high 15 assists in the frame, while Eastern posted a .425 attack percentage (19-2-40) en route to a 25-14 set victory.
The Eagles head into the last weekend of the 2012 regular season Friday, Nov. 9, when they play host to the Ball State University Cardinals. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Central Michigan 3, Ohio 2
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan snapped its losing streak in the best way Saturday night, taking down Mid-American Conference leader Ohio in five sets.
The Chippewas (13-12, 7-7 MAC) won the first two sets, 25-20 and 26-24, only to see the Bobcats (17-9, 12-2) come back to even the match with wins in sets three and four, 25-20 and 25-23.
The Maroon and Gold ultimately claimed the fifth set and the match, 15-12, to snap their six-match losing streak and clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament later this month.
Senior Lindsey Dulude became the 15th player in program history to go over 1,000 kills during the contest, finishing the night with 15 and now has 1,0004 kills in her illustrious career.
After taking the first two sets of the night into the break, the Chippewas seemed poised to snap their skid, but a Ohio comeback was in the works as they carried the momentum from their set three and four wins into the fifth and decisive set.
The Bobcats led for nearly the entire fifth set, jumping out to a 6-3 on an ace by Kelly Lambert that forced CMU head coach Erik Olson to take a timeout. The Chippewas came out of the timeout on fire, however, scoring three straight points behind the serving of senior Samantha Brawley to tie things up, 6-6.
The two teams continued to exchange points before CMU took its first lead of the set, 13-12, on a Lambert attacking error. After an Ohio timeout, senior Val DeWeerd slammed home her fifth kill of the set prompting yet another timeout by the Bobcats as they faced set and match point.
DeWeerd, Dulude and sophomore Hallie Enderle then came up with a huge triple block of Lambert on the right side to give the Chippewas a 15-12 victory.
Enderle proved to be the unsung hero of the match as the sophomore entered for the first time in the fourth set and ended the night with five kills and four blocks (one solo, three assists).
The Chippewas were able to claim set one of the night behind a balanced offensive attack in which Dulude, sophomore Kaitlyn McIntyre and freshman Angelique White each finished with four kills. CMU grabbed the lead early, 8-3, before ultimately pushing their lead to as large as nine, 19-10 on a kill by Dulude. After OU was able to pull within four, 24-20, DeWeerd closed the set with a kill for the 25-20 win.
Set two took a little more resiliency from the Chippewas as they grabbed a 19-14 lead behind a 7-2 run midway through before Ohio came back to tie things up, 23-23. After a CMU timeout, the two teams found themselves tied at 24 before a service error on Liis Kullerkann gave CMU set point and junior Danielle Gotham closed things out with a kill in the middle on an assist from junior Kelly Maxwell.
A balanced attack, both offensively and defensively, led the Chippewas all night as four players finished with double digit kills and five individuals finished with at least 10 digs.
DeWeerd led the way with a season-high 16 kills from the right side, while Dulude had 10, Gotham 12 and McIntyre 11. Junior Jenna Coates recorded her fourth 30-plus dig effort of the season in the win, while Dulude had 13, McIntyre and Brawley 12 and Maxwell 10 as the Chippewas recorded a season-high 91 digs as team to hold Ohio to a .142 hitting percentage.
Maxwell orchestrated the offense to with a season-high 63 assists, marking the fifth time her career she has eclipsed the 60-assist plateau.
The win was the second straight for the Chippewas over Ohio and the first in a MAC regular season match since a sweep of the Bobcats on Oct. 12, 2002. The consecutive wins over OU are also the first since CMU won back-to-back matches with a win each in 1994 and 1995.
The Chippewas continue a three match homestand when the host Toledo Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.
Bowling Green 3, Akron 1
Bowling Green, Ohio – Bowling Green held Akron, one of the hottest teams in the Mid-American Conference, to a .166 hitting percentage and the Falcons moved back into first place in the MAC with a 25-23, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17 victory on Senior Night Saturday in the Stroh Center.
Combined with Ohio’s five-set loss to Central Michigan, BGSU moved into a tie with the Bobcats atop the MAC standings at 12-2. Western Michigan sits one game behind at 11-3.
Akron entered the contest with five straight MAC victories but the Falcons had eight service aces and kept the pressure on the Zips serve receive game all night. Bowling Green also set the tone by hitting .289 and .452 in the first two sets to jump out to a quick lead.
Danielle Tonyan had a match-high 18 kills for Bowling Green and she added nine digs. Lindsey Butterfield added 12 kills and four blocks, while Paige Penrod had 10 kills, 15 digs and five aces. Leah Shaw, the only one of Bowling Green’s four seniors to play in all four sets, had a strong night with eight kills and a team-high six blocks.
The Falcons struggled very early in the first set, falling behind Akron 15-7 quickly. However, after a Zips attack error, Penrod served five consecutive points to get Bowling Green back into the contest. Akron stopped the run on a kill that made it 16-13, but the Falcons came back with another six points in a row to take control.
Akron clawed back into the set and a Chelsea Harvey kill brought the Zips within one at 23-22. But Penrod posted kills on two of the next three points for the 25-23 Falcons’ victory.
The second set stayed even in the early going, but with the score tied at 10-10, Bowling Green put together three consecutive points and the frame was never tied again. The Falcons continued to punish the Akron defense throughout the set, finishing with 16 kills on 31 swings with just two attack errors.
After the break, Bowling Green came out strong and took a 17-11 lead in the third set. Akron, though, used a 10-2 run to turn the tide. The Falcons fought off three set points but the Zips got an ace on the fourth attempt to post the 27-25 win.
In the fourth set, the Falcons scored the first seven points and never looked back. The Zips never truly threatened and back-to-back kills by Penrod closed out the match.
As a team, Bowling Green hit .210 for the match with one more kill than Akron. The Zips held a strong 77-64 edge in digs and had one more block than the Falcons. Akron, though, had seven more attack errors.
The BGSU volleyball team honored its four seniors at the conclusion of the match, recognizing Cassie Berning, Kari Galen, Lauren Mizgalski and Leah Shaw. In the midst of the recognition, Berning was proposed to and accepted a marriage proposal.
With the loss, Akron falls to 15-11 overall and 8-6 in MAC play. Bowling Green, now 17-9 overall and 12-2 in conference, is just two matches from earning its first MAC championship since 1992. The Falcons will close out the regular season on the road, playing at Miami Thursday at 7 p.m. and at Northern Illinois Saturday at 7 p.m.
Buffalo 3, Miami 0
OXFORD, OH - The University at Buffalo volleyball team picked up its first true road victory of the year on Saturday afternoon as they swept the Miami (OH) RedHawks for the second time this season. The win is UB's third in conference play.
The Bulls took the contest 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 as they outhit Miami .277 to .156. In the opening set, the two teams were tied at 16-16 when the Bulls went on an 8-3 run, forcing set point. The RedHawks called timeout and managed one more point before sophomore Liz Scott ended the set with a kill.
The Bulls went on to dominate the second set as they hit .517 and won convincingly. The set remained close at 12-11 when the Bulls went on a 6-1 run to take an 18-12 lead, capped off on a service ace from freshman Megan Lipski. UB would go on to lead by as many as nine in the set, ending it on a kill from freshman Akeila Lain.
UB took four of the first five points in the third set, but trailed late at 17-13. However, the Bulls answered with a 6-0 run, which came on the serving of freshman Kayla Yingling. Miami cut it back to one at 23-22, but a RedHawk error, followed by a double block from Lain and Scott sealed the set and the match for the Bulls.
Junior Dana Musil and Scott each led the way with 14 kills, while Carissa McKenna and Tahleia Bishop each finished with six. Playing in her second match back from injury, junior Dani Reinert dished out 40 assists, adding three kills and four digs. Reinert also finished with one of UB's six aces on the afternoon. Junior Kelly Svoboda led the way with two.
Svoboda also led the Bulls defensively as she finished with 21 digs, her fifth straight match 20 or more digs in a match. Lipski chipped in a career-high 13 digs, while Yingling had nine and Musil added seven. Lain finished with four blocks, including one solo, while McKenna and Scott each had three.
The Bulls will conclude the regular season next weekend at home when they host Ohio on Friday night at 7:00 pm and Kent State in the final match at Alumni Arena on Saturday.
Western Michigan 3, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Western Michigan volleyball team extended its win streak to four matches, and the Broncos rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Toledo Rockets 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19) at Savage Arena on Saturday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 18-9 overall, 11-3 in Mid-American Conference play.
The Broncos' front line proved to be the difference in a close match, as WMU recorded 10.0 team blocks on the day, comparated to Toledo's 7.0 team blocks. Jessica Brown posted a match-high six blocks, while Richelle Ranney posted four and Terin Norris three. Ali Gossen and Stephenee Yancy led the way with 15 kills apiece, and the pair hit .293 and .345, respectively.
Toledo got the better of WMU in the first set, winning 25-23, but the Broncos tied things up in the second set thanks to a solid run in the middle of the stanza. Kaycee Acree broke an early 3-3 tie with a service ace; the ace would in fact spark a 9-3 run for the Broncos, capped by Yancy notching a kill from the set of Gossen to make it 12-6. The Broncos kept the Rockets at arm's length for the remainder of the set, with the lone drama coming late; Toledo strung together two straight points to pull within 24-22 of the Broncos, but a Jordan Kielty attack error sabotaged the Rockets' efforts as the Broncos took the set 25-22.
The third set's script would play out similarly to the second set, as the Broncos used an early run to build distance between themselves and the Rockets. Becca Reidy's attack error gave the Broncos a 3-2 lead, and Carlee Berland helped build on with a kill on the next point. Richelle Ranney stretched the lead to four points with a kill to make it 14-10 and force a Toledo timeout, and would pound one again at 19-15 to force another Rocket stoppage. Toledo pulled to within 22-20, but Yancy and Norris combined for a block to make it 23-20, and Lena Oliver notched a service ace to make it set point. Brown would deliver the capper with a kill, and the Broncos took the set 25-21.
the Broncos would again pull away early in the fourth set, holding the Rockets at bay en route to the match victory. Yancy broke a 5-5 deadlock with a kill, part of an 11-5 Broncos run that put them on top for good. Brown recorded a service ace to make it 15-10, and Yancy and Norris combined for a block on the next point to extend the lead to six points. Yancy recorded a kill at 21-13, and Oliver gave the Broncos their largest lead of the set with a service ace on the next point. Gossen gave the Broncos match point with a kill at 24-18, and Brown finished things off with a kill two points later.