Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Western Michigan 3, Louisiana Tech 1
Buffalo 3, Cornell 0
Miami 3, Evansville 0
Akron 3, Niagara 0
Toledo 3, St. Francis (PA) 0
Buffalo 3, Iona 1
Western Michigan 3, New Orleans 0
Ohio 3, Cincinnati 0
Akron 3, Tennessee Tech 0
Minnesota 3, Ball State 0
North Carolina 3, Ohio 2
Notre Dame 3, Bowling Green 1
Duquesne 3, Central Michigan 1
Valparaiso 3, Eastern Michigan 2
Cal St. Fullerton 3, Kent State 0
Tulane 3, Toledo 1
RUSTON, La. – The Western Michigan volleyball team took early control of their second match at the Louisiana Tech Invitational, posting a pair of dominating set victories en route to a 3-1 (25-7, 24-26, 25-10, 25-20) win over the hosting Lady Techsters on Friday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 4-1 on the season, and will look to sweep the weekend against McNeese State on Saturday.
The Broncos hit .283 as a team and held the Techsters to just .098 hitting, including three sets at .050 or below. Rachel Sheffer and Alysia Baznik tied for the team-high with 12 kills apiece, while Baznik also added eight digs and three aces. Lexie Pawlik added 45 assists, eight kills, eight digs, and three blocks, and Lena Oliver posted the match-high with 18 digs of her own. Both Pawlik and Stephenee Yancy recorded three blocks.
The first set was an exercise in domination for the Broncos, who led from the outset and never allowed the Techsters a chance. Yancy and Claire Gerwig recorded the first two kills to open the proceedings, and Baznik and Pawlik added kills on back-to-back points ot make it 6-1. The Techsters’ hopes in the set soon spiraled as the Broncos continued to tack on; Ave Stout notched a kill to make it 10-3, and the lead reached 10 points when Oliver recorded one of her two aces in the match to make it 13-3. Pawlik recorded one of her two aces in the match to make it 16-4 and force a Lady Techster timeout, and the lead continued to swell to 20-6 on a kill from Baznik. Pawlik ripped a kill down the line to give the Broncos the set at 25-7, giving the Broncos the 1-0 match advantage.
Louisiana Tech regrouped in the second set, taking an early lead and withstanding a furious late charge by the Broncos to tie the match at 1-1. Seemingly back to form, the Broncos’ third set was similar to their first in that they took control and kept the Lady Techsters in a stranglehold. Louisiana Tech actually briefly led at 5-4, but Pawlik tied it with a kill and Sheffer posted kills on back-to-back points to give WMU a 7-5 lead; Baznik capped the 8-0 run with a kill of her own to extend the lead to 12-5. WMU would build to a 10-point lead, making it 19-9 on a Tech attack error, and continued to stretch the lead deeper into double-digits. Sheffer capped the set with a kill to make it 25-10 and give the Broncos a 2-1 edge in the match.
The Broncos went on to take care of business quickly in the fourth set, opening on a 9-4 run that was capped by a Baznik kill to force a Techster timeout. Louisiana Tech pulled to within two points at one point, with Maria Coelho and Caitlin Germany combining for a block to make it 16-14, but Sheffer quelled their momentum with a kill to again make it a three-point lead. The lead was again reduced to two points at 22-20, but Gillian Asque ripped a kill to rebuild the advantage; Pawlik and Yancy combined for a block to give the Broncos match point, and Yancy closed the proceedings with a kill down the middle to clinch the match win.
ITHACA, NY- The University at Buffalo volleyball team is off to its best start in 24 years after sweeping Cornell on Friday night, 3-0, starting the season at 5-0. The Bulls dominated the contest against the Big Red, who were actually playing their first match of the year.
UB hit a season-high .373 as it won the match 25-22, 25-14, 25-14. The Bulls opened a 10-5 lead in the opening set and extended its lead to 21-15 after a solo block from sophomore Amber Hatchett. UB led 22-18 when Cornell scored four straight points to tie the set up at 22-22. A kill from senior Christine Fritsche and a Cornell attack error gave the Bulls a 24-22 lead and following a Cornell timeout, junior Liz Scott recorded a kill to give UB the set.
The second and the third sets were total domination by the Bulls. UB scored five of the first six points of the second set and a service ace from freshman Siena Wilder gave the Bulls a 19-6 lead, forcing Cornell to call timeout. With the Bulls leading 18-14, they went on a 7-0 run to close out the set and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
UB began the third set on a 7-2 run and continued to lead in the set 18-9 following a Cornell bad set. The Bulls took a double figure lead in the set following a Liz Scott kill, which made it 21-11. A double block from Hatchett and Tahleia Bishop clinched the set and the match.
"I am proud of our effort tonight especially after a quick turnaround from this afternoon," said head coach Todd Kress. "I thought we did a nice job of cleaning up our first ball contacts, which led to a number of good offensive opportunities. Tonight was a much cleaner performance as we cut down on our unforced errors from earlier today. That is definitely a positive step in the right direction."
Bishop led the way with 13 kills, while Fritsche added 10 kills and just one error in 26 total attempts. Scott added nine kills, with no errors, while senior Carissa McKenna finished with five kills. Senior Dani Reinert added 17 assists and junior Taylor Pritchett had 14.
Defensively, senior Kelly Svoboda had 15 digs, while Reinert added eight. Hatchett finished with eight blocks, including two solos. Scott and Bishop each had three total blocks.
The Bulls close out play at the Cornell Invite tomorrow afternoon as they face Bucknell at 1:30 pm.
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team remained undefeated to begin the season as it opened its home tournament, the Miami Invitational, with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-18) win over Evansville on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 4-0 on the year, while the Purple Aces fall to 2-3.
Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle tied a career-high with 15 kills to lead Miami. She made only one error in 24 attempts for an impressive hitting percentage of .667. Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 18 assists. She had zero errors in 21 attempts for a hitting percentage of .524.
Defensively, junior libero Tori Clifford recorded a career-high 24 digs. That included an incredible 15 digs in the second set alone.
Two kills from Ingle, along with kills from Riley and sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig helped the ‘Hawks jump to a 9-2 lead to begin set one. Freshman outside hitter Maris Below recorded back-to-back kills, while senior outside hitter Madison Dodd had a solo block as Miami eventually increased the advantage to 10 at 15-5. Evansville would cut the deficit to nine at 10-19, but kills from Ingle, Riley and Below off assists by freshman setter Krista Brakauskas were part of a closing 6-1 run that gave the RedHawks a 25-11 win. Miami hit .469 as a team during that set.
Tied at five in set two, three kills from Riley were part of a 7-3 run that put the ‘Hawks in front, 12-8, and forced an Evansville timeout. After the break, the Purple Aces went on a 9-6 run that pulled them to within one at 17-18 and forced Miami to call timeout. The teams traded points until it was 21-20 in favor of MU. Back-to-back kills by Dodd and Ingle put the RedHawks up, 23-20. Evansville scored the next two points to pull within one once again, but back-to-back kills from Riley and Ingle finished off a 25-22 win.
After falling behind 0-3 early in set three, a service ace by junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk sparked a 6-0 response that gave the RedHawks the lead. During the run, Ingle teamed up with sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney on a block, and also recorded two kills. In front, 14-11, Miami went on an 8-1 run to take control of the set at 22-12. The Purple Aces responded with a 6-2 run of their own, but a setting error on the final point gave the Red and White a 25-18 victory.
Below finished with nine kills for Miami. She just missed a double-double, as she also had 11 digs. Brakauskas led the RedHawks with 23 assists, while senior libero Madison Hardy had 10 digs. Miami hit .284 for the match, while holding Evansville to a .098 hitting percentage.
The RedHawks complete play at their home tournament on Saturday when they host Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
AKRON - Akron stayed perfect in non-conference play and Ron Arenz notched his 100th career win as a collegiate head coach as the Zips cruised to a pair of 3-0 victories over Tennessee Tech and Niagara at the Akron Invitational Friday night.
UA moved to 4-0 on the season, marking the first time the team has won its first four matches since 2007.
Mary Delich hit for a remarkable .516 clip over the course of the two matches, delivering 19 kills with only three errors. Alex Cocklin posted 19 kills as well for a 3.14 per set average, including a match-high 13 in the nightcap against Niagara.
UA tried out several different lineups on the floor the second time around, but it would again be the one-two punch of Delich and Cocklin that put away Niagara in round two, 25-15, 25-19, 28-26.
Delich made the difference for Akron at the net, coming up one kill short of her career high with 10 and tallying three solo blocks and another two block assists.
Cocklin's 13 kills and eight digs kept the Zips alive on the outside, while Smagacz posted a career-high eight kills that featured the match-winner. Kelsey Wilson was not far behind with seven kills.
Ashley Holder took the floor for the first time this season as she returns from injury, splitting setting duties with Kusan for an even 16 assists apiece.
When it looked as if the Zips had the Purple Eagles put away, Niagara fought back in the third set, a frame that saw eight lead changes and 12 tie scores. Locked at 23-all, a Wilson kill put Akron in its first match-point scenario, but Niagara battled to score the next two for a set-point opportunity of its own.
Back-to-back kills from Cocklin and Delich made it match-point again, but NU would retaliate one more time. Smagacz then came in off the bench to take her spot in the front row and deliver the final kill and give Akron its third-straight shutout.
The Zips wrap up the Akron Invitational on Saturday with a single match against Milwaukee at 2:00 p.m. ET at James A. Rhodes Arena. Milwaukee defeated Niagara in straight sets and topped Tennessee Tech, 3-1, on Friday.
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Toledo survived a quick turnaround following its 3-1 defeat earlier Friday afternoon to register a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-14) triumph over Saint Francis (PA).
Senior OH Jordan Kielty paced the Rockets with nine kills with senior RSH Becca Reidy contributing six kills and three blocks. Senior MB Dakota Harkins tallied a team-high four blocks and registered a team-best .667 hitting mark with 4-0-6 totals.
Toledo was able to limit the Red Flash to a miniscule .011 attack percentage and recorded nine blocks in the contest. Junior OH Kayla Jeckell was SFU’s leader in kills with eight.
“We had only about 30 minutes of recovery time, and I was happy with how we handled that,” Head Coach Greg Smith said. “We ran a 6-2 offense which is something we’ve been working on, and it worked out well for us. I thought we blocked the ball for the most part today, but our timing was off a little and that led to a lot of missed opportunities to score points.”
Nearly the entire Rocket roster saw action in the contest with junior OH Natalia Parreira, sophomore S Alex Hines (10 assists), and freshman OH Mary O’Connor (1 kill, 2 blocks) making their season debuts.
Toledo is back in action tomorrow when it faces the host Penguins at 1:00 p.m.
ITHACA, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team continued its unbeaten streak to start the 2013 season as it defeated Iona, 3-1, on Friday afternoon in the opening match of the Cornell Invitational. UB is now 4-0 on the season.
After winning the first 10 sets to begin the season, UB dropped its first set in the second today, but still managed to take the match, 25-19, 24-26, 25-20, 25-16. The Bulls outhit their opponents for the fourth straight match, .133 to .033.
With the first set tied late at 18-18, the Bulls scored five straight points to take a 23-18 advantage, with the run being capped off on a block from junior Liz Scott and sophomore Amber Hatchett. A pair of Iona attack errors gave the Bulls the set, 25-19.
The Bulls overcame an early 8-3 deficit in the second set and went on a 15-6 run to take an 18-14 advantage in the set. However, Iona came back to take the set, the first one the Bulls have allowed all year.
The Bulls got out to a quick start in the third set as junior Taylor Pritchett served her way to the first three points. With UB up 11-9, the Bulls took the next six points, again using the serving of Pritchett during the run. Iona did pull back within one at 20-19, but UB scored five of the final six points for the victory.
As the Bulls entered the fourth set for the first time this year, they raced out to a 7-3 lead in the set. UB never looked back in the set as its lead reached double digits at 22-12 following a kill from Tahleia Bishop. A kill from Scott ended the set and the match.
Senior Christine Fritsche finished with a match-high 16 kills, while Scott and Bishop each finished with 12. In total, nine different players recorded kills and the UB offense was again run by the two-headed attack of Pritchett and senior Dani Reinert. Reinert had 20 assists and an ace, while Pritchett added 19 assists, 11 digs and a team-high three aces.
She was one of three players in double figures in digs, led by 30 from senior libero Kelly Svoboda. In addition to Pritchett's double-double, Fritsche also had one, adding 10 digs. Senior Carissa McKenna led the way in the blocking department with seven total blocks, while Hatchett added six blocks, including one solo.
UB continues action tonight when it faces the host Cornell at 7:30.
RUSTON, La. - Lena Oliver became just the second player in program history to crack the 2,000 dig mark, and the Western Michigan volleyball team cruised past New Orleans 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-15) in the first match of the Louisiana Tech Invitational. With the win, the Broncos improve to 3-1 on the season.
Oliver got to the historic mark late in the first set, putting her in elite company in WMU history; Caitlin Strimel, both the program and Mid-American Conference leader, is the only other player to reach 2,000 digs as a Bronco. Oliver finished with just nine digs in the match, though, as the Bronco frontline dominated and recorded 8.0 team blocks against the Privateers.
Lexie Pawlik finished with her second double-double of the season, notching 33 assists and 11 digs; the only other Bronco in double-digits in digs was Caroline Rose, who had 10. Stephenee Yancy had 16 kills on 24 swings with just three errors for a .542 hitting percentage, nearly totaling as many kills as the entire New Orleans squad (20). Pawlik and Ave Stout each were responsible for four blocks, and Kaycee Acree notched a match-high three aces.
The Broncos started out somewhat slowly in the first set, with the score at one point tied at 7-7. WMU sent on a 7-0 run, though, taking control of the match at the net; Stout stood tall for a block to make it 8-7, and Claire Gerwig went cross court for one of her three kills in the set to extend the lead. Alysia Baznik added a kill to force the Privateer timeout at 10-7, and the lead eventually reached double-digits when Yancy and Pawlik stuffed one on the right side to make it 21-11. WMU ultimately clinched the set when UNO was unable to corral a ball covered by the Broncos, ultimately missing on an attack error.
The second set featured a much more aggressive approach for the Broncos, who took the lead early and never relented. Yancy notched the first kill to make it 1-0, and the lead ballooned to 5-2 on another kill from Yancy. The Broncos made it an eight-point edge when Stout and Rachel Sheffer combined for a block to make it 14-6, and the lead again reached nine points Yancy threw down a kill to make it 19-10. The Broncos closed the set on a 7-0 run that included three aces from Acree, including the set winner at 25-10.
The third set was another coast-to-coast finish for the Broncos, who took a 3-1 lead on a kill from Gillian Asque. The lead reached 7-3 when Sheffer and Stout again combined for a block, and the Broncos were the first to 10 points thanks to an Alysia Baznik kill from the back row. The tightest the set would get the rest of the way was three points when Taylor Berry notched a kill to make it 11-8 in favor of the Broncos; WMU went on to out-score the Privateers 14-7 the rest of the way, with Asque delivering the final kill to seal the match win.
ATHENS, Ohio – After sweeping the Oregon Classic last weekend, the Ohio University volleyball team picked up where it left off Friday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over Cincinnati (25-13, 25-14, 25-23) in its 2013 home opener.
Ohio moves to 4-0 on the year while the Bearcats fall to 0-4.
The ‘Cats hit at .292 for the match and held a 39-20 edge in kills. The Bobcats posted 51 digs to Cincinnati’s 41 and tallied a +17 edge (37-20) in assists. Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) hit at a .500 clip to lead the Ohio offense with eight kills. Bull also chipped in four total blocks for the ‘Cats.
Graduate middle blocker Alexis Pinson (Phoenix, Ariz.) added eight kills and two service aces, while freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.) registered eight kills and chipped in three blocks.
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) – the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week - continued her strong start to the season with a match-high 27 assists while adding seven digs and four kills (.800).
Sophomore Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) anchored the back line for the ‘Cats. Ashy notched a team-high 13 digs chipped in a service ace and five assists, while Salis notched her first double-digit dig match (11) of her career and added an ace.
The Bobcats jumped out to an 8-5 lead and utilized a 5-0 run from there to build an eight-point lead (13-5). A kill from Gilleland extended the edge to nine (18-9) and the Bobcats cruised to a 25-13 first-set victory.
The two teams played to an 8-8 tie in set one before the ‘Cats rallied with four-straight to go up 12-8. The lead ballooned to seven (18-11) after two-straight kills from Bull and a kill from Horton gave Ohio a 10-point cushion (24-14). The Bobcats won set two, 25-14.
The ‘Cats raced out to a 14-9 lead in set three before Cincinnati cut it to two at 16-14. The Bearcats tied the score at 19 on a kill from Madi Lang and the score was knotted at 22 late in the frame. But Ohio closed out the match with three out of four points to earn its fourth win of the season.
Ohio returns to action Friday night (7 p.m.) with its second match of the Baymont Inn Invitational. The ‘Cats will take on No. 24 North Carolina inside the Convocation Center.
The Zips had no trouble handling TTU in their home opener, serving the Golden Eagles a 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 loss.
Akron's offense got the ball rolling early, out-hitting Tennessee Tech .458 to .172 in the first set and recording just two miscues. UA's defense stepped up to support the scoring effort, holding Tech to under .100 in each of the last two sets and posting seven team blocks, highlighted by three solo blocks from Alex Wiederholt.
Karley Kusan kept TTU guessing by spreading out the offense and dishing out 29 assists. Delich led the way with nine kills en route to hitting .615, followed closely by freshman Julia Smagacz with seven kills.
The Zips enjoyed a well-balanced attack as Cocklin also chipped in six kills and a team-high 11 digs.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team opened play in the Diet Coke Classic with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-12) loss to tournament host and fourth-ranked Minnesota Friday evening at the Sports Pavilion.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 3-2 on the year, while Golden Gophers improve to 5-0 with the victory.
Senior middle Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) led the Ball State offense with eight kills, while connecting for a .312 (8-3-16) attack percentage. She also tied for team-high honors with three total blocks.
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State) was second on the squad with six kills, while also collecting a match-best 12 digs.
Senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) managed to pick up 11 digs, giving her double-digit dig totals in all five of Ball State's matches so far this season.
Led by Tori Dixon's match-best 15 kills and .667 (15-1-21) attack percentage, Minnesota held a .333 (45-14-93) to .049 (26-21-103) attacking advantage on the night.
The Golden Gophers scored the first three points of the match, only to see Ball State rally back and tie the score at 3-3. The Cardinals remained within one point, at the 9-8 mark, following a block from seniors Marx and Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East). Unfortunately, the hosts would rattle off the next seven points and go on to win the opening set 25-18.
After the teams traded the first two points of the second set, Minnesota tallied the next five markers to build a 6-1 advantage. Ball State would battle back within three points, at 9-6, but would get no closer dropping the set 25-17.
The hosts jumped out to a 3-0 edge early in the third frame, only to see the Cardinals claw back within one point, at 6-5. However, Minnesota answered with 11 of the next 13 points to pull ahead by 10 at 17-7. Ball State would close within seven, at 19-12, before ultimately losing the frame 25-12.
The Ball State women's volleyball team closes play at the Diet Coke Classic tomorrow with matches versus Duke (11 a.m. CT) and Western Illinois (5 p.m. CT). Check BallStateSports.com Saturday night for coverage of both matches.
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University volleyball team (4-1) dropped a five-set thriller to No. 24 North Carolina (25-23, 25-16, 18-25, 22-25, 8-15) before 3,874 fans Friday night in Ohio’s second match of the Baymont Inn Invitational.
The Bobcats put forth their best blocking effort of the season and held a +9 edge (19.0-10.0) over the Tar Heels. But North Carolina held a 69-60 edge in kills and limited Ohio to a .038 clip in the deciding fifth set.
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) continued to shine for Ohio, notching a match-best 43 assists while adding six digs and a career-best six total blocks. Gilleland also notched a career-high nine kills and hit at a sizzling .529 clip.
Graduate middle blocker Alexis Pinson (Phoenix, Ariz.) supplied her usual tenacity at the net, knocking down a match-high 14 total blocks, the most by a Bobcat in more than four seasons. Pinson also tallied a team-high 13 kills and hit at .409 for the match to record her first double-double in an Ohio uniform.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) also registered a double-double with 19 digs and 11 kills while adding four total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) added 11 kills and five total blocks, while sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) led the Bobcat back line with a team-high 20 digs.
Two kills from Bull to start the first set got the capacity crowd rocking in the Convo. The Bobcats remained in front by two at 10-8, before the Tar Heels responded with four-straight points to take a 12-10 lead.
After the Tar Heels extended the edge to three (15-12), Ohio rattled off three-straight to tie it at 15. A kill from Lamberti put Ohio back up by one (18-17), but North Carolina notched five of the next seven points to go back in front by two (22-20). The Bobcats went on a 3-1 run to re-take the lead, and a strong kill from redshirt junior Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) set up match point for the Bobcats (24-23). An attack error from UNC ended the well-played opening set, and Ohio snared an early 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats made it two-for-two after an outstanding second set in which the team hit .500 (15-1-28) and knocked down 15 kills. Ohio jumped out to a 9-7 lead in the frame, and used a 6-0 run midway through the set to build an eight-point lead (18-10). A kill from Pinson put the Bobcats up by nine (22-13) and Ohio cruised to a 25-16 win in set two.
The Tar Heels came storming back in the third frame, racing out to a 9-5 lead. After Ohio cut it to two (10-8) on a kill from Bull, UNC built a five point-lead at 15-10, then extended it to eight (19-11) on a service ace from Abigail Curry. Ohio moved back within six (19-13) on another kill from Bull, but Ohio could not move any closer for the remainder of the set, as North Carolina took the frame, 25-18.
UNC started the fourth set in similar strong fashion and took a 12-8 lead early in the frame. After Ohio cut the lead to three (16-13), the Tar Heels responded with a 4-1 mini run to extend the edge to six (20-14). Ohio cut the lead to three (21-18) after a kill from Gilleland, but UNC held on to take set four, 25-22.
Behind the serving of Jordyn Schnabl, the Tar Heels grabbed a 5-1 lead in set five. The ‘Cats cut it to three (6-3), but UNC posted the next four scores to go up by seven (10-3). UNC would go on the win the fifth set, 15-8.
The Bobcats wrap up competition in the Baymont Inn Invitational Saturday at 3 p.m. against the University of Dayton (3-2).
NOTRE DAME, Ind.—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team was defeated by the University of Notre Dame on Friday night, dropping a four-set match in the Golden Dome Invitational. The match was played at Purcell Pavilion on the campus of Notre Dame. Seniors Danielle Tonyan, Paige Penrod, and Lindsey Butterfield led the way with double-digit kills.
Kaitlyn Skinner continued her solid play at the net for the Falcons, recording eight blocks for the third time in just four games this season. Skinner also had a season-high six kills.
The Orange and Brown scored the first point of the match, as Laura Avila set up Skinner for the kill to put the Falcons ahead 1-0. But, the Fighting Irish would score five consecutive points to take a 5-1 lead. Notre Dame would lead 10-6 in the first set, but the Falcons would go on a run from there. With the momentum turned, the Falcons would score eight of the next nine points, as they led 14-11 over the home team. UND would tie the score at 21 points apiece, and eventually go on to win the first set 28-26.
The Falcons would jump out to a quick 5-1 lead in the second set, as Skinner, Penrod, and Butterfield all recorded kills to begin the set. Notre Dame climbed within 5-3, before Tonyan recorded back-to-back kills and a block to give BGSU an 8-3 lead. Notre Dame would close to within 9-7, but the Falcons would score eight of the next 11 points to lead 17-10. The Irish would fight back to get within three, at 22-19, but the Falcons would pull away for a 25-20 win in the second set.
The ever-important third set was tightly contested throughout, as BGSU and ND were even through the first 14 points. The Irish would go on a run, as they would score nine of the next 13 points for a 16-11 lead. The Falcons would get to within three, at 16-13, but that would be the closest they would get the rest of the set. Notre Dame would claim the set, winning 25-19.
Notre Dame would score seven consecutive points in the fourth set, as they would break a 1-1 tie to take the lead for good. The Irish would continue their strong set, taking a 14-4 lead following an attack error by the Falcons. The Orange and Brown would get no closer than eight points the rest of the set, as the Falcons would lose the fourth, and decisive set, 25-13.
The Falcons will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they face Dabrowa (Poland) at 3:30 p.m. The match will not be an official NCAA match, as Dabrowa is a professional, non-NCAA, team.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Despite a season-high 25 kills from junior outside Kaitlyn McIntyre, the Central Michigan volleyball team dropped the opening game of the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament to host Duquesne Friday night, 3-1.
The Chippewas (1-3) dropped the first set of the night 25-16 before a back-and-forth second set went in the Dukes' (2-2) favor, 32-30, despite 10 kills by McIntyre.
CMU trailed 15-12 in the second set before a 3-0 run that included a block by senior Danielle Gotham, double block by senior Katie Schuette and sophomore Kalle Mulford and a kill by Schuette tied the set and forced a Duquesne timeout. A kill by Mulford out of the timeout gave the Chippewas the lead, but the Dukes went on a 5-1 run to reclaim momentum.
The Maroon and Gold fought off set point and scored two straight to claim a 26-24 lead later in the match, but the Dukes used their second timeout of the set and were able to hold off set point by the Chippewas on a kill by Taylor Lockett. The set would be tied or see the lead change six more times in set before the Dukes finally claimed a 32-30 set victory.
After the break the Chippewas looked to swing the momentum in their favor and begin their second-straight two-set deficit comeback by claiming a 25-20 win.
The Chippewas used a 4-0 run midway through the set to grab a 12-10 lead and force a Duquesne timeout. The run pushed to 6-0 on back-to-back kills by McIntyre and freshman Melissa Fuchs out of the timeout and the Chippewas eventually built their lead to as large as seven, 23-16. The Dukes pulled within four, 24-20, but sophomore Angelique White closed the match with a kill.
CMU appeared to have all the momentum and looked to tie the match at two sets apiece in the fourth set, but a late rally by the Dukes deemed costly. With the match tied at 22 apiece, a double block by junior Hallie Enderle and senior Kelly Maxwell followed by an attack error on the Dukes gave the Chippewas set point, 24-22.
The Dukes scored three-straight points following a timeout to force a stoppage from the Chippewas' bench and eventually claimed the set and the match on an attacking error by CMU, 26-24.
In addition to McIntyre's big night, Fuchs and White had 12 and 10 kills for the Chippewas respectively. Maxwell dished out 48 assists and senior libero Jenna Coates had a team-high 28 digs. McIntyre also contributed 11 digs defensively for her second-straight double-double.
CMU will continue the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament tomorrow versus the host Colonials at 11 a.m. before taking on Xavier at 4 p.m.
VALPARAISO, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team dropped its second-straight five set match Friday, Sept. 6. The Eagles fell to the host of the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic, Valparaiso University, in five sets, 24-26, 26-24, 20-25, 25-20 and 5-15.
The Eagles' offense was paced by sophomore Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) who notched 17 kills and a .220 (17-6-50) attack percentage. Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) and Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) each posted double-figure kill performances. Short contributed 14, while Roback added 12. Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) posted 17 assists, 10 digs and a pair of kills, while Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) did the majority of the serving duties, accumulating 31 assists and 11 digs. As a team the Eagles posted 10 total blocks, including six block assists from Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City) and five from Perinar.
Despite going to extra points with Valpo in the first set, the Eagles were unable to come out on top as they fell, 24-26. Perinar led the Green and White with four kills in the opening frame, while Davis posted nine assists in the set. Jones had an extremely productive opening set by stuffing a pair of attacks and notching three kills of her own. Eastern hit .209 (15-6-43) in the first frame, while Valpo was able to post a .308 (16-4-39) attack percentage.
The Green and White ramped up the offense in the second set, hitting .306 (15-4-36), while holding Valparaiso to a .195 (15-7-41) attack percentage. Roback and Short led the way in set two when they banged home five kills apiece, while Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) picked up three kills, an ace and a block in the 26-24 set victory.
Briner was the offensive catalyst in the third set. The junior nabbed four assists, two aces and a kill, but EMU was unable to overtake the Crusaders as they fell in the set, 20-25. Eastern struggled offensively after posting an 11-7-41 performance which amounted to a .098 attack performance in the third set. On the other side of the net, Valpo hit .275 (15-4-40) while posting just four attack errors.
Eastern evened up the match in the fourth set, 2-2, after taking the frame, 25-20. The Eagles hit .222 (11-3-36) in the frame, but held the Crusaders to a .043 (14-12-46) attack percentage, including forcing 12 Valpo attack errors. Perinar was the main offensive threat in the set as she posted a .500 (6-0-12) attack percentage, without making a hitting error.
The Eagles fell in the final set. 5-15, after the Crusaders posted a .375 (6-0-16) attack percentage without committing an attack error. EMU was unable to get the offense going in the fifth set as they hit -.013 (4-7-23).
The Eagles continue their time in Valparaiso Saturday, Sept. 7. Eastern is scheduled for a doubleheader starting at 9 a.m. (CT) when they take on the United States Military Academy (Army) at the Valpo Athletics-Recreation Center.
FULLERTON, Calif. –Kent State had a rough offensive outing in its opener of the Fullerton Classic Friday afternoon, falling 3-0 (20-25, 10-25, 19-25) to host Cal State Fullerton.
Sophomore opposite Kelly Hutchison and freshman outside hitter Bianca Cifaldi had seven kills each to lead the Golden Flashes' offense, which came alive a bit in the final set. The team's 12 kills in the third set nearly matched its total in the first two sets, as Kent State ended the match with a .082 hitting percentage.
Senior libero Hannah Herc had a team-high 14 digs to lead the defense, which had another solid performance in two of the three sets in this one.
The opening set was a back-and-forth defensive battle, as the Flashes allowed its opponent to hit just .062. After six ties and three lead changes, Cal State Fullerton scored three straight points to take a 19-17 lead, which they would not relinquish.
The Titans' attack was nearly flawless in the second set, posting 16 kills and just a single error on its way to opening a 20-7 lead. Kent State showed it would not go away quietly, recording three straight kills and forcing a Fullerton timeout. The Titans seized momentum with the stoppage and reeled off the next five points to take the set.
Kent State led early in the third set, 8-7, but lost 8 of the next 10 points. The Flashes got as close as three points at 22-19, but were unable to put up any more points.
The Golden Flashes will try to get back to .500 on the season with a pair of matches on Saturday. Kent State takes on Gardner-Webb at 1:30 p.m. and concludes against William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.
TOLEDO, OH - Senior OH Lauren Rafdal tied her career high with 25 kills, but it wasn’t enough as Toledo (2-3) dropped a 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-17, 28-26) decision to Tulane (5-0) in its first match at this weekend’s YSU Invitational.
Joining Rafdal in double figures in kills was senior MB Dakota Harkins with 10 kills and a team-best .381 attack percentage. Senior OH Jordan Kielty nearly registered a double-double with nine terminations and 11 digs.
Freshman libero Ellen Hays paced Toledo’s defensive efforts in the back row with 18 digs, while senior RSH Becca Reidy matched her career best with six blocks to go along with eight kills.
Freshman OH Tea Juric spearheaded Tulane offensively with 26 kills and an impressive .477 ATK%.
“Tulane’s a very strong opponent and we knew it would be a tough matchup,” Head Coach Greg Smith said. “We struggled to defend their offense, and they did what they needed to do to win. We did a lot of nice things, and we were up big in the fourth set before we let them back in it. Then we came back to tie the score after we were down 24-20 but committed so unforced errors on important points. You can’t do that and expect to beat a good team.”
The Rockets opened the match with a tight 26-24 opening-set victory with Rafdal closing out the set with a kill and one of her team-high three service aces.
The Green Wave controlled play in much of the second and third sets to take a 2-1 lead, however, UT appeared ready to send the match to a fifth set following a Harkins kill that put the Rockets ahead 15-8. Tulane then scored six straight points to even the score at 16-16 and eventually took a 24-20 advantage. UT wouldn’t give up though and scored four straight points on a Rafdal kill and three straight blocks. A pair of Reidy kills kept Toledo alive but the Green Wave took advantage of Rocket service error and attack error to end the match.
Toledo is back in action later today with a 5:00 p.m. matchup vs. St. Francis (PA).