Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
Akron 3, Robert Morris 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Oakland 0
Xavier 3, Miami 0
IPFW 3, Western Michigan 0
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Sparked by the play of its middle blockers, Akron returned to its winning ways Tuesday night, taking down Robert Morris on the road in straight sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-23.
Mary Delich, Alex Wiederholt and Kelsey Wilson combined for 34 of the Zips' 50 kills as UA out-hit the Colonials .298 to .184. and improved its record to 5-1.
Delich and Wiederholt each posted a match-high 12 kills –a career mark for Delich – while Wilson chipped in 10. Alex Cocklin was the fourth Zip to hit for double figures, coming from the outside to add 10 kills of her own.
"It was good for us to pick up a road win with such a quick turnaround from last weekend's matches," said head coach Ron Arenz. "Our middles did a great job of establishing our offense, and our set distribution looked great. We have been working toward stringing together points and going on little scoring runs, which we succeeded in doing tonight and was a big key to the victory."
Robert Morris (0-7) scored seven straight points to start the match, digging the Zips a fairly deep hole to climb out of right out of the gate. Behind the serve of Wilson, who entered the match leading the Mid-American Conference in service aces, Akron was able to get its bearings and bring the score to within one, trailing 13-12.
The two teams would trade points to tie things up four times before UA took its first lead of the night at 19-18 on a kill from Julia Smagacz. The lead was slim but it was enough for the Zips to hold onto to take the first set.
Breaking a 7-all tie in the second set, Akron scored five unanswered points and continued to break away to build a 21-13 advantage. Untimely errors late in the set allowed Robert Morris to make up some ground, but a pair of kills from Cocklin and Delich over the final three plays allowed the Zips to take a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The final set went down to the wire, as UA saw its largest lead of five dwindle away to just one after three consecutive RMU points made it 22-21 in the Zips' favor. Arenz called a timeout, and Wiederholt and Smagacz delivered back-to-back kills out of the huddle to put Akron in a match-point situation.
Two Akron errors brought the Colonials back to within a point but Wilson was able to put the match away with her 10th and final kill of the night.
Ashley Holder shattered her previous career mark set in her last appearance, running the offense with 43 assists and adding six digs. Jill Paluch and Callie Mack each chipped in double-digit digs with 14 and 12, respectively.
Akron returns to tournament play this weekend when it travels west for the Montana State Tournament. UA will play a single match on Friday, Sept. 13 against South Dakota at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday against host MSU at 12 noon ET and Gonzaga at 7 p.m. ET.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team came away with a clean sweep over nearby foe Oakland University, Wednesday, Sept. 10, taking the match 25-22, 25-18, and 25-23. This marks the fourth victory of the season for the Eagles (4-4) and was the first win of the 2013 campaign within the confines of the Convocation Center.
Multiple Eagles proved to be offensive leaders in the three-set victory. Sophomore outside hitter Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill. / Minooka Community) led in kills with nine as junior middle blocker Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich. / Mattawan) blasted eight out of 20 swings for a solid .400 hitting percentage while recording three block assists. Rounding out the middle blockers was redshirt sophomore Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich. / Reed City), who hit .556 to accompany her five kills and led the Green and White in blocks with five block assists.
Perinar, Crawshaw, and junior setter/outside hitter Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) each added three block assists to the effort. Briner came away from the matchup with a terrifically rounded performance, adding seven kills at a .333 clip, two service aces, and dished out a match-high 25 assists.
Defensively, sophomore libero Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio / St. Paul) led the team with 24 digs while senior outside hitter Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio / Notre Dame Academy) added 11 scoops. Smith's 8.0 digs per set is a career high for a single match.
The first set started off as a back-and-forth battle between the Golden Grizzlies (4-4) until the Eagles were able to run away with the lead after a kill by Crawshaw got the wheels turning for the Green and White offense. After gaining a 7-3 lead over the Grizzlies, the Eagles kept a comfortable cushion over their opponent until a late-set effort by Oakland at 18-13 knotted the contest up at 20-20.
Perinar and Jones answered back to the Grizzlies with a resounding stuff block on Oakland's Jessica Dood. Another block by the sophomore duo secured the lead at 23-21. Briner closed out the set by ripping a jump serve down the court, capping the set at 25-22.
Set two gave early favor to the Eagles, as a kill by Roback and another Briner serve took EMU to a 3-0 lead. After battling at the pins with a couple of quick kills from the middles sprinkled in for good measure, EMU found itself with a 24-15 lead over the Grizzlies. Oakland was able to peg a few more points before Perinar took command of the game flow and drove a kill home for a 25-18 win in the frame.
A balanced offense and tenacious defense was the key to a commanding lead in the third set, quickly bringing the Eagles to a 19-9 edge over the Grizzlies, but Oakland's Amanda Baker fired off two winners in a row to start another late run for the opposition. In the following 16 points, Eastern committed five unforced errors with a mere two kills to Oakland's one error and five kills, which ultimately brought the Grizzlies up to a 22-22 face-off with the Eagles.
Crawshaw, Perinar, and Roback each added a kill in the resulting three-point game to close out the set and match for the Eagles as they came away with their first home victory of the 2013 campaign.
The Eagles will travel to the East Coast for a tournament at Brown University before returning home Tuesday, Sept. 17 when they will square off against the IPFW Mastodons. The home contest will begin at 7 p.m. and will be available for viewing on Eagle All-Access.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Miami University volleyball team’s five-match win streak to begin the season came to an end on Tuesday with a 0-3 (20-25, 22-25, 21-25) loss to Xavier. The RedHawks fall to 5-1 on the season, while the Musketeers improve to 5-2.
Junior Meg Riley had a strong match for Miami, finishing with a double-double of 11 kills and 15 assists. She hit .476 for the match, but it was not enough to overcome a hot-hitting Xavier team that finished with a .342 hitting percentage.
Xavier jumped to a 5-1 lead in set one. Freshman outside hitter Maris Below and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle each recorded kills, but the Musketeers eventually pushed the advantage to seven at 11-4. Trailing 10-17, Below put down two kills as part of a 5-0 run that cut the deficit to two points. With Xavier in front, 21-17, a service error and a solo block from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney made it 19-21. The Musketeers responded with a 4-1 run to close out a 25-20 win.
Kills from junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley and Below, along with a service ace from sophomore Annie Reiswig helped the RedHawks to a 5-2 advantage to begin set two. Xavier answered with a 7-2 run to take the lead back at 9-7. Below, Ingle, Reiswig and junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk each put down kills as Miami eventually tied the score at 14. The Red and White continued to battle the score back to a tie score, but each time the Musketeers responded with a side out to regain the lead. Reiswig, Below and Ingle each had one final kill, but Xavier held on for a 25-22 victory.
A kill from Ingle, a service ace by Visk and a block by Below and Ingle helped Miami earn a 4-2 lead to start set three. The Musketeers answered with a 6-3 run to take an 8-7 advantage. The ‘Hawks fought right back to regain the lead at 12-10. The momentum flipped once again when Xavier recorded a 7-1 run to go in front, 17-13, and force a Miami timeout. Out of the break Below responded with a kill, but Xavier was able to push the lead to 20-15. Trailing 17-23, Riley recorded back-to-back kills to begin a comeback attempt, but the deficit was too great as the Musketeers finished off a 25-21 win.
Below had 10 kills, while Ingle finished with eight. Freshman setter Krista Brakauskas led Miami with 19 assists, and she tied with Below for the team lead with nine digs.
Miami looks to get back on the winning track when it heads to St. Louis for the Billiken Invitational this weekend. On Friday, the RedHawks take on the host, Saint Louis, at 8 p.m. (EDT). On Saturday, Miami faces Bradley at 11 a.m. (EDT) and Youngstown State at 5 p.m. (EDT).
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan volleyball team lost a trio of tight sets in their final home non-conference match of the year, falling 3-0 (26-28, 23-25, 23-25) to the IPFW Mastodons at University Arena on Tuesday. The Broncos fall to 5-2 on the season, with their three-match win streak snapped.
Stephenee Yancy led the way for the Broncos with 12 kills, also adding a block, while Rachel Sheffer had nine kills and a team-best .312 hitting percentage. The Broncos were held to just 36 digs in the match, with Caroline Rose posting the match-high with nine digs; both Lexie Pawlik and Lena Oliver finished with eight digs. Alysia Baznik added a team-best three blocks to the effort, but IPFW out-blocked the Broncos 13.0 to 6.0 and held the Broncos to a team .123 hitting percentage.
Things were looking up for the Broncos during the first set, as they quickly established a large lead on the Mastodons and looked poised to take the first frame for themselves. Sheffer and Ave Stout combined for an early block to tie the set at 5-5, a point that came in the middle of a 6-0 run for the Broncos that put them ahead 9-5. The lead was stretched to five points when Sheffer delivered a kill to make it 12-7, and attack errors on straight points by IPFW gave the Broncos a 17-11 lead. Yancy posted a kill to put the Broncos up 20-13, and Sheffer’s solo block late in the set gave WMU a 23-16 lead. However, the Mastodons scored eight straight points to take a 24-23 lead in the set, and it would take a Bronco rally to keep the frame alive. Yancy had kills on two straight points to make it 26-25 in favor of the Broncos, but IPFW got three straight at the end of the set to win it 28-26.
The Broncos led for the greater portion of the second set as well, but again the Mastodons were able to rally late and take the lead. WMU scored three straight points to make it 10-7 early in the set, a run capped by a kill from Baznik. IPFW tied the set at 11 on a kill from Emily Spencer, and the teams would trade points throughout the remainder of the set. Sheffer broke a 20-20 tie with a kill down the line, and an IPFW attack error ensued on the next point to give the Broncos a 22-20 lead; however, the Mastodons scored three straight, including blocks on two straight points, to make it 23-22. A Bronco ball-handling error ultimately sealed WMU’s fate as they dropped the set 25-23.
The Mastodons controlled the momentum for much of the third set, relinquishing the lead just a few times in taking the 25-23 win. WMU picked up three straight points to take an 11-10 lead early in the set, but IPFW countered and re-took the lead for good. The closest the Broncos came to re-taking the advantage came very late in the set when Yancy smashed home a kill to make it 23-22. Richelle Ranney and Lexie Pawlik combined for a block to make it 23-23, but IPFW recorded kills on two straight points for the win.