Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
Buffalo 3, Canisius 0
Eastern Michigan 3, IPFW 0
Bowling Green 3, Youngstown St. 0
Ball State 3, IUPUI 0
UNI 3, Northern Illinois 0
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team wrapped up a seven-match road trip with a 3-0 victory at Canisius. The Bulls have improved their record to 10-0 as they begin they return home for the final non-conference weekend.
The Bulls took the match, 27-25, 25-23, 25-20 as they outhit their opponent for the 10th straight match, this time, .202 to .117. UB was able to overcome a 16-11 deficit as it pulled within 20-17 and then went on a 6-2 run to take a 23-22 lead. Canisius was able to fight off two set points before the Bulls prevailed with a 27-25 victory.
The Bulls raced out to a 17-11 lead in the second set and led 19-13 when the Griffs pulled back to 21-18. UB regained a 24-19 lead, but Canisius spoiled four set points before a kill from senior Christine Fritsche gave UB the second set.
UB opened a 19-13 lead in the third set, which forced a Canisius timeout. A kill from sophomore Akeila Lain gave the Bulls a 23-17 lead and UB held on for the set and the match as sophomore Megan Lipski recorded a kill, giving UB a 25-20 victory.
"I don't think we performed our best tonight and give Canisius credit because they made us work hard for the victory," said head coach Todd Kress. "We have a short week now to prepare for our next match, but we will get in the gym tomorrow and continue to get better."
Fritsche led the way with 10 kills, while Lain had nine kills and just two errors, hitting .438 on the night. Senior Carissa McKenna added six kills and Dana Musil added seven. Senior Dani Reinert led the offense with 26 assists and junior Taylor Pritchett added 18.
Defensively, reigning MAC East Defensive Player of the Week Kelly Svoboda finished with 25 digs, including 14 in the opening set. The Bulls had 10.0 total team blocks, led by five from sophomore Tahleia Bishop.
The Bulls will round out non-conference play this weekend when they host the Blue and White Classic. UB opens with Valparaiso on Friday night. The Bulls will also face Maryland-Eastern Shore and nationally-ranked Ohio State.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The streaking Eastern Michigan University volleyball team continued to impress Tuesday, Sept. 17, as it knocked off IPFW in straight sets at the Convocation Center. The Eagles (8-4) have not dropped a set since they fell in a 3-1 decision against the University of Iowa, Sept. 7. Over that span, EMU has topped Oakland University, Bryant University, Holy Cross University, Brown University and the Mastodons (6-6) of IPFW. The Green and White cruised to a three-set victory, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-16.
Offensively, Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) led Eastern with 10 kills and a .692 hitting percentage, making just one error in 13 attack attempts. Overall, the Eagles hit .270 (37-10-100). Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) was next in line on the offensive, totaling eight kills, while Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City) notched a .308 hitting percentage. The Reed City, Mich. native accumulated six kills in 13 attempt, making just two errors. Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) did the majority of the setting duties, picking up 16 assists, while Alyssa Davis (Kalamzoo, Mich.-Plainwell) added nine of her own. Natalie Folk (Saline, Mich.-Saline) posted a pair service aces..
On the defensive side of the net, the Eagles totaled nine team blocks with Jones notching seven block, including one solo and six block assists. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) and Roback each notched three block assists in the win, while Roback also added 10 digs for a team-high.
The Green and White took the first point of the match and never did not look back, keeping the lead throughout the opening frame topping IPFW, 25-21. EMU capitalized on a poor offensive output from the Mastodons holfing IPFW to just an .093 (15-11-43) attack percentage, while posting a .189 (11-4-37) percentage of their own. Perinar posted four of her 10 total kills in the opening set, while notching her three kills of the match and six of 16 assists to nab a quick one set lead over the visiting team.
Again in the second set, Eastern Michigan owned the first point of the frame. The Eagles never lost the lead throughout the set en route to a 25-20 decision. EMU took its two set lead after posting a .345 team attack percentage, accumulating 15 kills in 29 attempts, with just five errors. Roback led the way in the set with four of her eight kills in seven tries. The Eagles were strong defensively as they totaled four blocks with four of the EMU student-athletes posting blocks, while keeping the Mastodons to just a .136 (9-6-22) attack percentage.
Eastern swept the match after gliding to a 25-16 third set win. In another dominant performance, the Eagles won the first point of the frame and never had to play from behind through the remainder of the match. Perinar added another four kills to her total without making an error in five tries, good for an .800 hitting percentage. The Eagles had another four team blocks, with Jones earning two of those on her own, including one solo block. Eastern hit .294 (11-1-34) with just one attack error in the frame and kept the IPFW offense at bay, as the Mastodons could only muster a .156 (14-7-45) attack percentage.
The Green and White hit the hardwood again Friday, Sept. 20, when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. for the 2013 Spartan Invitational hosted by the No.14-ranked Spartans of Michigan State University. The Eagles will open the tournament by taking on the host school at 7 p.m. Friday evening. EMU is scheduled for a doubleheader Saturday, Sept. 21, when it squares off with the University of Cincinnati at 10 a.m. before meeting Duquesne University for a 5 p.m. tilt at Jenison Field House.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team dominated Youngstown State on Tuesday night, sweeping the Penguins by a score of 25-13, 25-16, 29-27. The match was played inside the Stroh Center in front of 654 fans.
The Falcons hit .433 as a team in the first set, as they never trailed en route to posting a 25-13 win. The defense showed up early on, as Jelena Sunjic and Kaitlyn Skinner teamed up for two early blocks. Sunjic would add a kill, and the Falcons led 4-0 after a service ace by Erica Fullenkamp. After a YSU point to make it 4-1, the Orange and Brown would score four straight to extend the lead to 8-1. The closest Youngstown State would come the rest of the set would be 10-5, as the Falcons dominated play both offensively and defensively in the set for the 25-13 triumph. Lindsey Butterfield led the Falcon attack in the first set, as she posted seven kills while hitting .600. Kelsey Bates added four kills in just five attempts, while Fullenkamp had 13 assists in the first set alone.
Once again in the second set, the Falcons never trailed, as they jumped out to an identical 4-0 lead in the set. The Penguins would show some fight in the set, as they would battle back to within a point, at 9-8. Two straight attack errors by YSU's Shannon Watson, followed by a Sunjic kill gave the Falcons a 12-8 advantage. The Penguins would once again narrow the deficit, as they would close to within 12-10. A Youngstown State attack error would open the floodgates, however, as the Falcons would score 13 of the final 19 points to claim a 25-16 win in the second set.
Coming out of halftime, the Falcons had the Penguins walking on thin ice Tuesday night. Once again, BGSU would score the first point of the set, but YSU would respond to take their first lead of the match at 4-3. The Falcons would keep it close, but were forced into a timeout trailing 14-11. Out of the timeout the Penguins would extend the lead to 18-13, but the Orange and Brown would respond, tying the set at 19 apiece. Following a Youngstown State timeout, the two teams would exchange blows, point by point until the Falcons found themselves with a match point at 25-24. The two teams, however, would alternate the next five points, as the match entered a deadlock at 27-27 in the third set. A kill by Paige Penrod would have the Falcons on the doorstep of their second victory of the season. Facing their fourth match point, the Falcons would ice the Penguins to finally win the third set, 29-27.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-7 on the season. They will return to the road this weekend for two games at the Louisville Invitational. Bowling Green will take on Rice and Virginia Tech on Saturday in the tournament.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State (9-3) women’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to six matches with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-23) sweep of visiting IUPUI (4-8) Tuesday evening at Worthen Arena.
With Ball State Sports Link televising the match state-wide, the Cardinals used a dominating attack to take down the in-state rival Jaguars for the fifth consecutive time in the series.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match,” said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. “IUPUI has played everyone tough this year and tonight was no different. We ran a great offense and were nearly unstoppable when we were in system, which helped carry us past IUPUI.”
In setting the Ball State offense to a .304 (57-19-125) attack percentage for the match, senior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) collected her third double-double of the season with 51 assists and 13 digs.
Seidel’s 51 assists were the most for a BSU player in a three-set match in the rally scoring era, topping the previous mark of 46 set by Brittany McGinnis versus Murray State Sept. 3, 2011.
Leading three Cardinals with double-digit kills in the victory was redshirt freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Kitchel (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove/Cincinnati) who racked up a career-best and match-high 17 markers, while hitting .364 (17-5-33).
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State) posted her seventh double-double of the season, adding 16 kills and 11 digs.
From the middle, senior Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) tagged 10 kills and hit .500 (10-1-18), while redshirt freshman Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) posted nine kills and a match-best .562 (9-0-16) attack percentage.
Senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) led all players with 14 digs on the night.
Overall, the Ball State defense limited the IUPUI attack to a .183 (33-13-109) rate of success, with Moriah Fair leading the squad with nine kills. Kaitlyn Hickey paced the Jaguars’ backcourt with 12 digs.
The opening set was a battle early, with IUPUI holding a slim 16-15 edge. However, back-to-back kills from Kitchel gave Ball State the momentum as they rallied off the next eight points to pull ahead 23-16. Benson would give the Cardinals set-point at 24-20, while Fuelling ended the set two points later at 25-21.
Trailing 3-2 in the second set, the Cardinals used kills from Marx, Benson and Kitchel to score the next three points as part of a 5-0 run. The visitors from Indianapolis would get no closer than three points the rest of the way, eventually losing the set 25-15 on back-to-back blasts from Marx.
In the third set, the teams battled to a 13-13 stalemate before three kills from Kitchel helped the Cardinals pull ahead 17-14. Ball State would maintain a four-point lead at the 23-19 mark, only to see the Jaguars claw within one at 23-22. A kill from Fuelling would give BSU its first match-point at 24-22, only to see Kortni Wright answer with a blast of her own to keep IUPUI alive.
Fuelling would not be denied the match-winner on the next rally, however, as she smashed her 16th kill of the night to end the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Friday, when it opens play in the College of Charleston Classic with a 4:30 p.m. matchup versus UNC-Asheville. The Cardinals close the tournament Saturday with matches versus Southern Methodist (Noon) and the College of Charleston (7:30 p.m.).
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Northern Iowa Panthers Tuesday night at Victor E. Court.
The loss sends the Huskies to 5-6, while the Panthers move to 7-4 and extend their winning streak to six.
“We’re continuing to battle against tough teams,” said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. “Northern Iowa is an historic program and they played really well tonight. We had flashes of playing some pretty good volleyball. Again, for us, it’s about being consistent. With a team that’s continuing to build, it’s (about) consistency.”
“The biggest thing for us now is continue to understand how we have to fight to get better.”
Things got off to a great start for the Huskies against the Panthers. Started by back-to-back kills from Mary Grace Kelly and Mackenzie Roddy, NIU opened up an 8-5 lead on UNI to force the visitors to burn a timeout. Though the Panthers tied the match back up at 11-11 and 12-12, the Huskies responded with another lengthy run, this time a 9-6 rally – thanks in part to kills from Roddy, Kelly, Jenna Radtke and Sarah Angelos – that put NIU in control, 21-18. Yet, UNI countered that with a 7-1 run that clinched the set for the Panthers.
UNI’s momentum clearly carried over into the second set, as the Panthers took a fast 12-4 lead on the Huskies. Undeterred, NIU got on the comeback trail and built an 11-6 run to get within 18-15 and force the Panthers to burn a timeout. UNI’s lead, however, proved to be insurmountable, as they would close out the set on a 7-3 run to claim a 25-18 set two win.
Faced with a two-sets-to-none deficit, the Huskies allowed the Panthers to take an early 4-1 lead in the third set. NIU came back with blocks from Lauren Zielinski and Kayla Zeno and a Kelly kill to tie the set at 5-5. Moments later, UNI used a 7-3 run to move ahead 13-9 at the halfway point of the third. The Huskies countered the Panthers again and utilized some UNI errors and kills from Emily Paschke, Zeno, Zielinski and Roddy to move ahead 18-17 – their first lead since the first set. The Panthers quickly extinguished the Huskie momentum with an 8-3 run to clinch the set, 25-21, and the match.
Roddy led the NIU offense with 12 kills, while Kelly and Radtke each chipped in nine. Justine Schepler keyed the Huskie defense with 19 digs, including nine in the first set alone.
The Huskies return to action Friday and Saturday, as they host the Huskie Invitational. NIU opens the tournament with George Washington Friday at 2 p.m., followed by IPFW at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Northern battles Oakland at 11 a.m.