Thursday's MAC Volleyball Results
Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 1
Bowling Green 3, Miami 0
Stories Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan volleyball team clinched its fourth division title in the last six years, and the Broncos came from behind to defeat the Northern Illinois Huskies 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-21, 29-27) at University Arena on Thursday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 19-9 overall, 12-3 in the Mid-American Conference.
The win carried a multitude of meanings for the Broncos, the most immediate of which was its implication in the MAC West standings; it assured the Broncos of a better finish in the final divisional standings than the Huskies, clinching the fourth MAC West title for the Broncos under Colleen Munson. The Broncos have now finished either first or second in the MAC West division in each of the last seven seasons. It also kept the Broncos' hopes of a record eighth straight 20-win season alive.
Ali Gossen finished with a match-high 17 kills in the victory, and also contributed five digs and three blocks. Lena Oliver Recorded a mind-boggling 31 digs to go with eight assists, and three other players - Kaycee Acree (17), Terin Norris (15), and Caroline Rose (11) - broke double-digits in digs. Norris added to her team-leading double-double total with 47 assists and 15 digs, and also added four blocks.
WMU responded to a first-set loss with a comeback in the second set, as the Broncos trailed by as many as five points to win the game. Things looked good for the Huskies to build on their lead early on, as NIU took a 17-12 lead on a kill from Sarah Angelos. The Broncos cut the lead to four points when Berland recorded a kill to make it 19-15, and Gossen cut the lead to 22-20 with a kill. Brown would tie the set at 22-22 with a kill, and the Broncos would take the lead 24-23 when Brown recorded another. NIU tied the set at 24-24, but a Husky service error gave the Broncos set point, and an attack error from Angelos on the ensuing point clinched the set 26-24 for the Broncos.
The third set saw the Broncos open on a huge run, as WMU used an 11-4 run to put the Huskies on their heels. Brown and Norris combined for a block to give the Broncos a 7-1 lead, and Gillian Asque forced the Huskies into using a timeout when she recorded a kill to make it 15-7. The Broncos' lead reached nine points when Brown recorded a kill to make it 21-12, but the Huskies battled their way back into contention down the stretch. Asque gave the Broncos set point with a kill, and Richelle Ranney would deliver the final blow with a kill two points later, giving the Broncos the set and the lead.
The fourth set provided a dramatic conclusion to what had already been an exciting contest, with both teams trading leads back and forth throughout. The Broncos took a 15-12 lead when Gossen recorded a kill, but the Huskies embarked on a 4-1 run to even the score at 16 points apiece. NIU took the lead on a kill from Sarah Angelos to make it 20-19, and looked to be in prime position when Meghan Romo's kill gave them a 24-23 lead. Gossen tied the score on the next point with a kill, and the Broncos eventually took a 27-26 lead on a kill from Carlee Berland. The Huskies tied it on the next point, but Gillian Asque swatted one through the block to give the Broncos match point. Angelos committed an attack error on the next point to seal the Broncos' win.
The Broncos jumped out to a decent start in the first set, but the Huskies overcame their own slow start to take the lead midway through the period. WMU started the match on a short 4-1 run, capped when Brown tipped a kill over the block to give the Broncos a three-point lead. Stephenee Yancy and Norris scored kills on back-to-back points to make it 9-5, and the Broncos officially doubled up on the Huskies when NIU committed an attack error on the next point. Gossen gave the Broncos their biggest lead of the set when she ripped a kill from the left side to make it 11-5.
NIU stormed back to score 11 of the next 13 points, taking a 16-13 lead on a kill from Meghan Romo. The Bronocs pulled to within three points when Brown recorded a kill to make it 24-21, and Carlee Berland recorded a kill to cut the Huskies' lead to just 24-23. However, the Huskies clinched the set 25-23 on the next point thanks to a WMU service error.
Bowling Green 3, Miami 0
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team ran into perhaps the best team in the Mid-American Conference Thursday night as it fell to Bowling Green 0-3 (20-25, 15-25, 17-25). The RedHawks fell to 9-19 overall and 4-11 in the MAC. The Falcons are 18-9 overall and remain in first place in the MAC at 13-2.
Trailing 3-6 in set one, two kills from Madison Dodd, a service ace by Madison Hardy and a kill from Meg Riley helped Miami take an 8-7 lead. The lead traded was back three times before the teams found themselves tied at 13. A 5-2 run would put BGSU up, 18-15. Two kills from Riley off of Amy Kendall assists, along with kills by Lisa Treadway and Jenny Ingle were part of a 5-2 run for the ‘Hawks that tied the score at 20. That would be the last points Miami would score as the Falcons closed on a 5-0 run to take a 25-20 win.
Bowling Green jumped to an 11-5 advantage to begin set two. A kill and a service ace from Riley cut the deficit to four, but the Falcons answered with an 8-4 run to take a 19-11 lead. Dodd and Treadway responded with back-to-back kills, but Miami could not get any closer as Bowling Green went on to win, 25-15.
Set three began with a big block from Christina Menche and Dodd. However, BGSU scored the next four points to take a 4-1 lead. The Falcons would hold the lead to three at 11-8, before Miami would score two straight to cut the deficit to one. The lead remained between one and three points until a kill by Menche off of Kendall’s assist and a BGSU attack error tied the score at 15. The Red and White’s attack would go cold from there, as Bowling Green would close out the victory on a 10-2 run, winning the final set, 25-17.
Riley led Miami with eight kills, 13 assists and seven digs. Dodd had seven kills and a team-high 10 digs. Kendall recorded 18 assists.
The RedHawks will play their final MAC match on the road on Saturday when they travel to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.