Friday Night's Volleyball Sweeps

Updated 11/9/2012


Friday's Volleyball Results
Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0
Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
Ohio 3, Buffalo 0
Akron 3, Kent State 0
Courtesy of home MAC Sports Information Departments
Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0
MOUNT PLEASANT - Sophomore Kaitlyn McIntyre and junior Kelly Maxwell put on a show offensively Friday night as Central Michigan swept Toledo inside McGuirk Arena, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23.
McIntyre finished the night with a match-high 17 kills, just four off the CMU record for a three-set match, and Maxwell dished out 46 assists, orchestrating an offense that hit .298 as a team with 52 kills.
The Chippewas improved to 14-12 overall and 8-7 in the MAC with the win, while the Rockets fell to 8-20 overall and 2-13 in conference play with the loss.
The offense was clicking from the start as the Chippewas hit .442 in set one behind nine kills from McIntyre in the 25-23 win. The sophomore slammed home her fourth kill of the set to give CMU a 13-9 lead and force a UT timeout only to come back with three more kills on the Chippewas' next three points out of the timeout to push the lead to four, 16-12. Toledo was able to pull back into the set behind a heavy offensive attack of its own and had a chance to tie things up facing set point, but a service error on Jordan Kielty gave CMU the win.
The second set featured a more balanced attack for the Maroon and Gold with sophomore Hallie Enderle and senior Val DeWeerd each knocking down four kills, while junior Danielle Gotham and senior Lindsey Dulude each had three.
The Chippewas used a 6-1 run late in the set to turn claim a seven-point lead, 21-14. DeWeerd kept the lead at seven with a kill and after a pair of kills allowed the Rockets to keep the set alive, Enderle gave sent the Chippewas to the locker room with a two-set advantage with the set-winning kill.
McIntyre was back in charge after the break, tallying seven kills in the third set as the Chippewas came from behind to earn the sweep. A McIntyre kill broke a 15-15 tie late in the set and an attacking error by the Rockets forced them to use a timeout. McIntyre followed with two more kills out of the timeout but UT would not go away without a fight.
The Rockets grabbed the lead late, 20-19, but CMU promptly reclaimed the lead on a kill from Gotham and a pair of Rocket errors. DeWeerd gave Central set point, 24-23, and an ace by senior Samantha Brawley sealed the deal for the Chippewas.
Dulude and DeWeerd, playing in their second-to-last match in McGuirk Arena, chipped in with 11 and nine kills, respectively, while junior Jenna Coates had a team-high 13 digs in the backcourt.
CMU closes the MAC regular season with senior night tomorrow versus Ball State. The Chippewas are still vying for positioning in the upcoming MAC Tournament and can finish as the No. 6 seed with a win and Eastern Michigan loss to the Rockets tomorrow night. 
Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team dropped its second-to-last home match of the 2012 campaign Friday, Nov. 9, in straight sets (23-25, 22-25, 28-30) to the Ball State University Cardinals at the Convocation Center.
With the loss Eastern falls to 17-14 and 7-8 in Mid-American Conference play, while Ball State moved to 14-14 and 7-8 in conference action.
Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) led the EMU offensive attack with 18 kills, while Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) added nine of her own. Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) and Kim Hildreth (Novi, Mich.-Novi) split the setting duties, picking up 22 and 19 assists, respectively. Sierra Reed (Parker City, Ind.-Wapahani) led the Eagles with 23 digs, while Iaquaniello added 17 and Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) posted 15.
The Eagles dropped the opening set, 23-25. EMU struggled from the offensive side, posting a .170 attack percentage (14-5-53), while the Cardinals hit .191 (14-5-47) in the opening frame. Baker and Iaquaniello each posted five kills, while Crawshaw added a pair. Reed picked up seven digs in the frame.
Eastern fell behind 2-0 after dropping the second frame, 22-25. Ball State posted a .238 attack percentage (14-4-42). Crawshaw, Iaquaniello and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) each notched three kills in the set, but Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) posted a set-high five. Davis added 10 assists to her total in the frame.
Despite taking the Cardinals into extra points, the Eagles dropped the final set, 28-30.
Iaquaniello had 10 third-set kills, while Short added four and Baker notched three. Hildreth posted 16 of her 19 assists in the final set of the match.
Eastern closes out its 2012 regular season campaign Saturday, Nov. 10. The Eagles host the University of Toledo Rockets for Senior Night at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed on Eagle All-Access.
Ohio 3, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team struggled against Ohio University on Friday evening, falling to the Bobcats, 3-0.  Tonight's match began the final weekend of conference play for the Bulls.
Ohio hit .410 for the night, compared to just .130 for UB.  The Bobcats led for nearly the entire match, with UB forcing ties on two occasions in the third set.  Ohio set the tone early, hitting .483 in the opening set, while Buffalo struggled to hit in the positive.
"I thought we had one of our best weekends last week on the road and I thought we were going to come out tonight a play much better," said head coach Todd Kress.  "I give Ohio credit, but we need to play better defense than we did tonight."
The Bulls were led by Liz Scott, who had 11 kills and just three errors on 24 attempts.  Junior Dana Musil finished with six kills, while Carissa McKenna and Megan Lipski each had four.  Junior Dani Reinert had 23 assists and five digs.
Defensively, junior Kelly Svoboda finished with 12 digs, snapping a streak of five straight matches with 20 or more digs.  Freshman Kayla Yingling added 11 digs.  UB managed just 2.0 total blocks, led by two block assists from freshman Akeila Lain.
Ohio was led by Kelly Lamberti, who had 15 kills, while Serena Warner and Chelsea Bilger each added nine.  Abby Gilleland finished with 46 assists.
The Bulls conclude the 2012 season tomorrow night when they host Kent State at 7:30 pm.  The match caps off a UB triple-header, which begins with men's basketball and Noon and football at 3:30 pm.
Akron 3, Kent State 0
AKRON, Ohio – Backed by a stellar offensive performance by Alex Cocklin from the outside, the University of Akron volleyball team dominated rival Kent State in straight sets Friday night, 25-12, 25-17, 25-21.
With the season sweep of the Golden Flashes, the Zips officially locked up the full point for UA in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge.
Cocklin came up one kill short of her career high, scattering a match-high 18 across the three sets with just two errors to hit .471 on the night. Akron was not at a loss for a supporting cast however, as the Zips received scoring contributions from across the board and four or more kills from the rest of their front line.  
Kelsey Wilson continued to impress, hitting .462 with seven kills, while Alex Wiederholt and Morgan Kuhn each chipped in six kills of their own.
Playing like the conference tournament-caliber team it is, Akron wasted no time setting the scene against its crosstown rival, jumping out to a 5-0 lead to open the match.
Wilson knocked down four kills and Jill Paluch delivered three service aces to boost UA's momentum and bolster its lead. That lead would grow to as many as 12 and Akron had no problem putting away the first set.
Kent State retaliated to start the second period, securing an early 5-2 advantage that would take awhile for the Zips to break down. The score tied six times before Akron came out on the other side with a five point lead at the 20-15 mark to force KSU to call a timeout.
UA kept the difference at five until three consecutive kills at the hands of Kuhn and Cocklin put the Zips ahead two sets to none heading into the break. Akron held Kent State to a .071 attack percentage in the second set. 
The third set was the closest the two teams had played all year. The Golden Flashes started to distance themselves midway through the period, stringing together five straight points to go ahead 13-10. 
Akron was able to break through the barrier built from 13 tie scores with another kill from Wilson to take a one-point lead at 22-21. A Kent State error and Wiederholt kill brought the Zips to match point, where it was only a matter of time before Cocklin issued her final kill, giving UA the set and the match. 
With the victory, the Zips improve their record to 16-11 overall and 9-6 in the Mid-American Conference. Akron hosts Ohio (18-9, 13-2) in the final match of the regular season on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Bobcats won on the road at Buffalo in three sets on Friday night. 
Saturday will also be senior night for the Zips. Tina Dimitrijevs, Chelsea Harvey, Janine Lawler, Paiton Twitty and Kuhn will be honored after the final match of their career at Rhodes Arena.