Friday's Volleyball Results

Updated 9/20/2013


Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Central Michigan 3, Jackson State 0
IUPUI 3, Miami 1
Ohio 3, Maryland 0
Northern Illinois 3, George Washington 0
Toledo 3, UT Martin 1
Western Michigan 3, Wright St. 0
Ball State 3, UNC Asheville 0
Ohio 3, Marshall 1
Kent State 3, Binghamton 0
Central Michigan, Georgia Southern
Michigan St. 3, Eastern Michigan 0
Buffalo 3, Valpo 1
Northwestern 3, Miami 0
IPFW, Northern Illinois
Statesboro, Ga. – Central Michigan used a balanced attack led by freshman Melissa Fuchs and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre to take down Jackson State in straight sets in the opening game of the Bash in the Boro Friday morning.
The Chippewas (5-5) hit .320 in the opening match as Fuchs had a match-high 13 kills and McIntyre finished the match with 11. Senior Danielle Gotham had seven kills, while junior Hallie Enderle recorded six and sophomore Angelique White 5.
Senior Kelly Maxwell, who entered the match ranked 13th in the country in assists per set, dished out 23 assists in the first two sets before junior Danielle Thompson came in and led the offense in the third set with 15 assists.
CMU never tailed in the first set despite being tied six times and grabbed a four-point advantage, 13-9, on an ace by senior Jenna Coates to force a Jaguars (1-11) timeout. A kill by Fuchs and three-straight errors on the Jaguars pushed the lead to 17-10 and a double block by sophomore Kalle Mulford and Gotham ultimately gave the Maroon and Gold the first set victory, 25-13.
A 7-0 run behind the serve of sophomore Kristen Reenders, who had three aces during the stretch, helped the Chippewas break open the second set as the run turned a 6-6 tie into a 13-6 CMU advantage. A kill by senior Katie Schuette gave CMU it’s largest lead of the set, 20-11, and a kill by Gotham set up the sweep with a 25-15 victory.
The third set was all Fuchs and McIntyre with the aid of junior college transfer Danie Thompson. Fuchs and McIntyre each racked up six kills in the final set, while Thompson dished out 15 assists as the Chippewas cruised to a 25-15 victory.
CMU continues play tonight versus host Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. 
EVANSTON, Ill. – For the first time this season, the Miami University volleyball team dropped a tournament match when it fell to IUPUI, 1-3 (25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 22-25), to open the Wildcat Classic on Friday. The RedHawks fall to 8-2 overall, while the Jaguars improve to 5-8.
Junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley had her second triple-double of the season and 10th of her career. She finished with a team-leading 14 kills, 27 assists and 13 digs. She hit .323 for the match.
IUPUI jumped to a 5-2 lead to begin set one. Two kills each from Riley and senior outside hitter Madison Dodd off of assists from freshman setter Krista Brakauskas were part of a 10-6 run that put Miami in front, 12-11. Riley continued to attack, as she recorded three more kills to help the RedHawks increase the advantage to 18-15. The Jaguars fought back to tie the score at 21. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 23. From there, back-to-back kills by sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig gave Miami a 25-23 win.
Set two saw IUPUI take a 7-3 advantage early. Two kills from Riley and one each from junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle were part of an 8-3 answer that put the ‘Hawks back in front, 11-10. The Jaguars retook control with an 11-3 run that put them up, 21-14. Miami did not give up as a service ace by Riley, two kills from sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney and a kill from Reiswig were part of a 7-1 run that closed the RedHawks to within one at 21-22 and forced an IUPUI timeout. Out of the break, a service error by Miami helped the Jaguars start a 3-1 run that finished off a 25-22 victory.
 Ingle had a pair of kills off of Riley assists as the teams traded side outs to begin set three. Tied at five, a 10-4 run by the Jaguars gave them control at 15-9. Ingle had two more kills, while junior libero Tori Clifford recorded a service ace to keep Miami close, but IUPUI eventually pulled away for a 25-17 win.
IUPUI opened set four with a 5-0 lead. The RedHawks answered back with a 12-2 run that gave them a 12-7 advantage. During the run, freshman middle hitter Paige Hill made her return and teamed up with Visk for two blocks. Hill and Riley each had two kills as Miami maintained a five-point advantage throughout the middle of the set.  Trailing 14-19, the Jaguars went on a 6-2 run to pull within one at 20-21. Reiswig answered with a kill, but IUPUI followed with the next four points in a row to take a 25-22 win.
Ingle finished with 11 kills, while Reiswig contributed 10. Brakauskas had her second career double-double with 25 assists and 11 digs. Dodd led Miami with a career-high 20 digs. The RedHawks hit .260 for the match, but the Jaguars were able to answer back with a .289 hitting percentage.
Miami continues play at the Wildcat Invitational later Friday when it takes on the host, Northwestern, at 8 p.m. (EDT).
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio University volleyball team is 9-1 for the first time since 2002 after opening the Michigan Invitational with a 3-0 win (26-24, 25-21, 25-23) over the University of Maryland (8-2) Friday afternoon in Cliff Keen Arena. 
The Bobcats put forth a solid defensive effort against the Terrapins, as Ohio held a 51-44 edge in digs and limited Maryland to .148 hitting as a team. Ohio continued its balanced play of late in all facets of the match, as four players recorded at least eight digs, while four also posted at least seven kills. 
“I thought Maryland played very hard. They have guts,” head coach Ryan Theis said. “I was happy to see us finish all three sets against a team competing that hard.”
Coming off of WKU Invitational All-Tournament honors, redshirt junior Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) picked up where she left off in Ann Arbor, tying a team-high with nine kills while hitting .400 and adding three total blocks. Junior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) also tallied nine kills and chipped in eight digs and two total blocks. 
Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) aided the Bobcat offense with seven kills and two blocks while hitting .333 for the match. 
“Both teams were good in game one and it dropped off after that,” Theis said. “Karin made a couple big plays for us to get us going. We fought back from down 15-11 in game three and I thought that showed some character.”
On the back line, sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman outside hitter/libero Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) each posted double-digit digs for the third time in four matches. Ashy notched 11 – marking her ninth-straight match with 10+ digs – and added three assists for the ‘Cats. Salis also tallied 11 digs while contributing three kills. 
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) registered a match-high 31 assists while chipping in nine digs, while graduate middle blocker Alexis Pinson (Phoenix, Ariz.) tied a team-high with three total blocks and added three kills and five digs. 
Ohio won the first three points of the match after knocking down two kills and grabbing an ace from Pinson. The ‘Cats took an 8-6 lead on a solo block from freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.), but Maryland raced back with four-straight points to move ahead, 10-8. Ohio answered with six of the next eight points to re-take the lead (14-12) and the Green & White stayed ahead by two on a kill from Pinson (17-15). 
From there, Maryland responded to tie the score at 20, then went in front by one (23-22) after posting a block. The Terps forced set point at 24-23, but much like things have gone all season, the Bobcats stepped up when it mattered most. Ohio captured the remaining three points of the set – highlighted by two kills from Horton – to take the set, 26-24. 
The two teams played to a 5-5 tie in set two before the ‘Cats used a 4-0 run to surge in front of the Terps. Maryland cut the lead to two (9-7), but Ohio posted four of the next five points to build a five-point advantage (13-8). The Bobcats stayed in front by five (19-14) on a kill from Bull and increased the edge to a set-high eight points (22-14) after a Maryland attack error. The Terps cut the Ohio lead to three at 24-21, but Ohio held on to capture the second set, 25-21. The Bobcats limited Maryland to a paltry .050 clip in the second frame. 
Ohio and Maryland played to a 4-4 tie in frame three before the Terps rallied to take a 12-9 lead. With Maryland ahead by four (15-11), the Bobcats began their third set comeback, with four-straight points to knot the set at 15. The ‘Cats took a 17-16 lead on a kill from Lamberti, then used a 6-1 run to go up by five points (23-18). Maryland again stormed back to move within one (24-23), but the Bobcats cashed in on match point after a block from Pinson gave Ohio a 25-23 victory. 
With the win, Ohio improves to 8-0 in three-set matches and 5-0 in neutral site contests this season. The Green & White are now 2-1 against ACC opponents in 2013. 
The Bobcats return to action later tonight with a 5:30 p.m. matchup vs. Marshall (5-8) inside Cliff Keen Arena. 
CHARLESTON, S.C. - - The Ball State women’s volleyball team upped its winning streak to seven matches with an impressive 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-13) sweep of UNC-Asheville Friday afternoon to open play in the College of Charleston Classic.
The Cardinals, who have also posted four consecutive sweeps, improve to 10-3 overall with the win, while the Bulldogs fall to 7-5.
Ball State’s middles continued their solid play in the victory over UNC-Asheville, combining for 19 kills and a .576 (19-0-33) rate of success.
Senior Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) led the way by tying for match-high honors with 10 kills and hitting .500 (10-0-20). Redshirt sophomore Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) added nine kills and a match-best .692 (9-0-13) attack percentage, while also posting a match-high three total blocks.
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Kitchel (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove/Cincinnati) also turned in another solid match with nine kills.
Sophomore setter Jenna Spadafora (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) guided the Ball State offense to a .274 (47-13-124) attack percentage, while logging her first double-double of the season with 33 assists and 13 digs.
In the backcourt, senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) led all players with 18 digs, while also serving up an ace.
Overall, Ball State’s defense also continued its strong play by limiting the Bulldogs to a .055 (28-22-110) attack percentage for the contest. Anna Moore led UNC-Asheville with 10 kills, while Katie Davis and Rachel Wells tied for team-high honors with 15 digs apiece.
With the score of the opening set knotted at 14, kills from redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State) and Spadafora helped the Cardinals take a 16-14 lead on its way to a 20-17 advantage. However, UNC-Asheville battled back within one point at the 20-19 mark.
That would be as close as the hosts on the scoreboard would get, however, as Ball State scored the next three points in a run which was started by a kill from senior opposite Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati). After a BSU timeout at the 23-21 mark, Fuelling tagged back-to-back hardwood blasts to end the set at 25-21.
The teams battled to a 7-7 tie in the second set, before a kill from senior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) sparked a 10-1 Ball State run. The Cardinals controlled play from there, winning the set 25-13 on back-to-back attack errors from UNC-Asheville.
The third set saw the Cardinals clinging to a 12-10 edge before back-to-back blasts from Kitchel sparked another huge Ball State run. In fact, Ball State would score 13 of the final 16 points to win the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
Ball State concludes play in the College of Charleston Classic Saturday with matches versus Southern Methodist (Noon) and host College of Charleston (7:30 p.m.). Check Saturday evening for complete results from day two of the event.
DAYTON, Ohio – The Western Michigan volleyball team hit at a .323 clip and held their opponents to just a .070 mark, and the Broncos swept the Wright State Raiders 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-13) in the first match of the 2013 Flyer Classic hosted by Dayton. With the win, the Broncos improve to 7-4 on the season.
Stephenee Yancy dominated offensively for the Broncos, leading them with a 15-kill performance and hitting .481 for the match, committing just two errors. Claire Gerwig posted nine kills and added two blocks, and Richelle Ranney came off the bench for seven kills, a .600 hitting percentage, and a team-high three blocks. Lena Oliver recorded 15 digs and was joined in double-digits by Kaycee Acree, who made it to 10 balls. Lexie Pawlik recorded 35 assists and set the Broncos to a .323 hitting percentage.
The Broncos showed no signs of road weariness in the first set, opening the match on a 7-0 run to put the Raiders on their heels from the outset. Gerwig ripped a kill to open the proceedings, and Yancy tacked on with a kill of her own to make it a 2-0 lead. Yancy forced the Raiders into using their first timeout with a kill to make it 6-0, and the assault from the sophomore middle continued with yet another bomb to make it 8-2. Rachel Sheffer put the Broncos up 10-3 with a kill down the left sideline, and Alysia Baznik made it an eight-point advantage with an ace on the next point. Yancy made the Broncos the first to 20 with a kill to give WMU a 20-8 lead, the largest advantage they enjoyed in the set, and Gerwig iced the set with a kill to make it 25-17.
WMU’s defense would set the tone for the next two sets, as the Broncos out-blocked the Raiders 5-0 in the last two frames to halt talk of a comeback. The Broncos again jumped out to a 2-0 lead on kills from Yancy and Gerwig, and WMU was on its way to a post-to-post victory. Baznik went off the blocker for a kill to make it a 10-8 lead, and the Broncos were the first to 15 points after Yancy’s kill capped a 6-2 run and forced a Raider timeout. The closest the Raiders would get the rest of the way was when Marisa Aiello recorded a kill to make it 18-16, but the Broncos closed on a 7-0 run that was capped by a block from Gerwig and Yancy.
Wright State took its only lead of any kind at the beginning of the third set, opening on a 4-1 run to set the Broncos back on their heels. WMU responded with its third 7-0 run of the night to re-take the lead, though, with Baznik breaking the tie with a kill and Pawlik forcing a Raider timeout with a kill to make it 7-4. The Broncos never looked back from that point, with Ranney slamming home a kill to make it 14-8 and Yancy bashing one to force Wright State timeout at 16-10. WMU closed the set on a 9-3 run from that point, with Ranney scoring kills on two of the final three points to seal the 25-13 win.
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois volleyball team started the Huskie Invitational right Friday afternoon in Victor E. Court with a solid 3-0 win over the George Washington Colonials.
The win boosts the Huskies’ record to 6-6, while GW falls to 5-7. The key to the Huskie win came in the front line, as NIU outhit the Colonials, .295-.167, and outblocked GW, 7-4, in the three-set sweep.
“I thought we had a really good team effort this afternoon,” said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. “We were able to do some of the things that we take a lot of pride in, especially from the serving line and how we defend. It was nice to have a positive start against a team that won earlier in the day.”
The Huskies staked out a quick 3-0 lead in the opening set, only to have the Colonials respond with five-straight of their own to make it a 5-3 NIU deficit. Northern equalized the match again at 5-5, leading to an exchange of points all the way to 15-15, when two GW errors and a Sarah Angelos kill set NIU up with an 18-15 lead. After a Colonial kill, the Huskies scored four more points – highlighted by kills from Alexis Gonzalez and Mackenzie Roddy – to extend the advantage to 23-16 and coast to a 25-18 set one win.
NIU once again came out fast in the second set with another 3-0 lead. However, this time the Huskies staved off the Colonial comeback and gradually extended the lead up to 13-7 behind hot hitting from the front line. However, GW chipped away at the lead and got within one point at 16-15. NIU extended their lead back up to 20-16 with two kills from Jenna Radtke. Yet, the Colonials battled back again and took a 24-23 lead and had set point with the serve. However, Angelos’ back-to-back kills and an Angelos-Gonzalez block swung to set to a 26-24 Huskie win.
Out of halftime, the Huskies came firing and got a fast 5-1 lead on GW. Though the Colonials snuck back to within two at 6-4, NIU’s offense was unrelenting in a 7-4 run. GW moved back to within 13-10, but the Huskies closed out the Colonials in the third set with a convincing 25-18 win. In the final set alone, NIU outhit GW, .375-.171 and scored three blocks to the Colonials’ zero, while limiting themselves to only three attack errors.
Roddy headlined the NIU offense with 16 kills and a season-best .394 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, Angelos compiled six blocks and Justine Schepler totaled 14 digs in the win.
The Huskies take on the IPFW Mastodons in their second match of the day, which is scheduled for a 7.p.m. start inside Victor E. Court.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Toledo bounced back from a tight opening set defeat on Friday to post a 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 28-26) triumph over Tennessee-Martin. The victory improved the Rockets’ overall record to 6-5 and dropped the Skyhawks’ record to 6-7.
UT utilized a balanced offensive attack with senior RSH Becca Reidy pacing the Midnight Blue and Gold with a match-best 14 kills and .357 attack percentage. She was joined in double figures by senior OH Lauren Rafdal (13 kills), senior MB Dakota Harkins (12 kills) and senior OH Jordan Kielty (12 kills).
Reidy was also one of three Rockets to post double-figure dig totals with 11, trailing freshman libero Ellen Hays (18) and senior S Adria Pryor (11). Harkins topped UT’s defensive efforts at the net with five blocks with junior MB Brooke Frazer contributing four rejections.
“Becca came up big for us today when we were struggling to score points,” Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith said. “This was a different-type match for us because Tennessee-Martin plays a style that we haven’t seen this season. I was really happy with our passing and defense, because that was important on a day we weren’t at the top of our game offensively.”
Junior OH Allie Whimpey led UTM offensively with 12 kills.
Toledo began its comeback in Set 2 when it scored 10 straight points to take a 13-9 advantage only to see UTM answer right back with a six-point run of its own for a 15-13 lead. With the score tied 21-21, a pair of Reidy kills helped put the Rockets up by a 24-21 margin and a Harkins blast even the set at 1-1.
UT jumped out to an 8-3 lead in Set 3 but the Skyhawks clawed back to get within three at 13-10. Toledo then scored three unanswered points, with two coming from Reidy, to take a 16-10 lead. The closest UTM would get would get the rest of the set was five points
The match appeared to be head to a fifth set before the Rockets rallied from a 19-12 deficit to come away with the win. UT chipped away at is deficit but was still down 23-20 before kills from Reidy and Kielty made it a one-point contest. A Skyhawks block put them one point away from winning the set but a Kielty evened the match at 24-24. UT went ahead 25-24 on a Whimpey hitting error but the Skyhawks hitting leader answered back to tie the set at 25-25. Kielty then registered kills for Toledo’s next two points with the  Rockets tallying the winning point on a UTM attack error.
Toledo will close out its weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday vs. Green Bay (4-5) at 11:00 a.m. and Butler (11-2) at 7:00 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For the first time since the 1995 season, the No. 24 Ohio University volleyball team is 10-1 after taking down Marshall University (5-9) by the score of 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) Friday evening  inside Cliff Keen Arena. 
The Bobcats won the contest with precision and defensive toughness at the net, as Ohio hit .370 for the match and held a sizable 12-3 lead in total blocks over the Thundering Herd. After Marshall forced a fourth set, the Bobcats hit a resounding .538 in the fourth frame to clinch their 10th win of the 2013 campaign. 
Three Bobcats posted double-digit kills to lead the offense, highlighted by a superior effort from Alexis Pinson (Phoenix, Ariz.). The graduate middle blocker knocked down her 11 kills on just 14 attempts for an impressive .786 hitting percentage while contributing a match-high six total blocks.
Other members of the 11-kill club included sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) and freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.), who both added four total blocks at the net. 
Redshirt junior Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) tallied seven kills and hit .400 for Ohio, while sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) contributed a match-high 40 assists to go along with eight digs, four kills on seven attempts (.571), four total blocks and a service ace.
Sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) led the back line with a match-high 12 digs, marking her ninth-straight outing with at least 10 digs. 
Ohio and Marshall played to a 6-6 tie in set one and the teams went back and forth from there to tie the score at 13. From there, Ohio distanced itself from the Herd by using a 6-1 run to build a five-point lead (19-14). Marshall posted five of the next seven points to cut the Bobcat advantage to two (21-19), but a kill and a block assist on consecutive points from Horton extended the Ohio edge back to four (23-19). The Green & White closed the first set on a 4-0 run to take it, 25-19. 
The Bobcats jumped out to a 6-3 lead in set two and led 11-8 after a block from Bull and Gilleland. Marshall cut the Ohio advantage to two (17-15) on a kill from Ali Kiekover, but Ohio extended its edge to four (23-19) on a kill from Gilleland. After hitting a blistering .400 in the frame, Ohio won the second set by five at 25-20. 
Marshall raced ahead by three (9-6) in the third set but Ohio responded with a 3-0 run to tie the score at nine. The Thundering Herd moved back ahead by two at 15-13, but the Bobcats surged back with four kills on the next five points to re-take the lead at 17-16. Marshall rallied yet again with a 5-1 run to grab a three-point lead (21-18) and the Herd held on to take set three, 25-20. 
The Thundering Herd jumped out to a 7-4 lead in set four, but Ohio answered the hot start with a 3-0 run to tie the set at seven. With Marshall leading 10-8, the ‘Cats posted seven of the next nine points to take the lead at 15-12, then moved in front by four (18-14) after a Herd attack error. After Marshall notched the next point, Ohio responded with four-straight – including three kills and an ace -  to extend its advantage to seven (22-15). Ohio then notched three of the final five points of the match to win the set, 25-17.
The contest was the ‘Cats first four setter of the season. Ohio is 32-6 in total sets this season. 
The Bobcats are now 29-9 all-time against the Thundering Herd.
Ohio is 2-0 in the Michigan Invitational and will matchup against No. 10 Michigan (8-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. for a chance to win its third non-conference tournament title of the season. 
KENT, Ohio –The Kent State volleyball team put together one of its most complete performances of the season in front of the home crowd in defeating Binghamton in straight sets (25,22, 25-15, 25-19) Friday night. The match, which was the first team's first at the M.A.C. Center this season, was part of the opening day of the Golden Flashes Classic.
"I think it was good match for us on both sides of the ball tonight," said head coach Don Gromala. "We talked about picking it up on the defensive end after that first set and we definitely did that. I think we did a great job of serving. We were hitting our zones and serving tough balls that made it harder for them to run their offense, which made it easier for us defensively."
Senior Aleksandra Nowak orchestrated the Kent State offense with a match-high 37 assists. Sophomore Kelly Hutchison led the attack with a match-high 12 kills, extending her streak of double-digit kills to five. Freshman Bianca Cifaldi also had a strong performance with 10 kills to extend her streak to six matches. Defensively, the Flashes were led by 17 digs from senior Hannah Herc.
Gromala credited much of the success of the team's offense to the play of his middles, junior Liz Reikow and sophomore Bridget Wilhelm.
"Our middles were hot to start the match and that always opens things up."
Reikow posted seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage, while Wilhelm hit .364 and had six kills. The duo also combined for eight total blocks on the night.
Kent State (4-6) traded points with Binghamton early, as the opening set featured six ties and one lead change. The Golden Flashes then used a 6-1 run to take control of the set and a 17-11 advantage. They pushed the lead to as much as nine at 22-13, but the Bearcats made one final push. Following a 9-2 run of their own, Hutchison slammed the door shut with a powerful swing that the defense had no chance of stopping.
The Flashes won the first five points of the next set and never looked back. After going ahead 20-10, Binghamton took five of the next eight points before Kent State put them away by a score of 25-15.
"We played great until about 20 points in each set and then fell off a little bit," Gromala said. "We definitely want to focus on playing more complete sets tomorrow."
Binghamton went up 1-0 in the third set, but its lead would be brief. Four kills from Hutchison, with a service from by Herc thrown in, gave Kent State a 5-1 advantage. The Bearcats took the next two points to make it 5-3, but failed to get closer than four points the rest of the way.
Kent State will conclude the 2013 Golden Flashes Classic with two matches at the M.A.C. Center on Saturday. The Flashes will play Eastern Illinois at 12:30 p.m. and then take on Illinois-Chicago in a 7 p.m. matchup. Eastern Illinois defeated Illinois-Chicago, 3-0, in tonight's first match.
EAST LANSING, Mich. ( – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team dropped its first since going on a five-match winning streak. The Eagles (8-5) fell in three sets to No.  14-ranked Michigan State University in the first match of the 2013 Spartan Invitational Friday, Sept. 20. The Spartans (9-1) took the match, 18-25, 19-25 and 18-25.
The Eagles were unable to get the offense going in the in the loss to MSU, hitting just .129 (27-15-93). Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) each contributed six kills, while Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City) added five kills. Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) setup the offense with 16 assists. On the other side of the net, Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) led EMU with seven digs and Briner added six more.
EMU dropped the opening set, 18-25, posting a .250 (9-2-28) attack percentage. Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan), Jones and Perinar each contributed two kills in the frame. The Spartans hit .389 (18-4-36) in the set to take a 1-0 lead.
MSU took a two set lead after hitting .355 (15-4-31) in the second frame. Perinar had three kills in the set, while EMU hit just .062 (10-8-32) in the set as they fell, 19-25.
Short gave a valiant effort in the final set, hitting .400 with four kills in 10 attempts. Briner had eight of her 16 assists in the set, but EMU hit just .091 (8-5-33) in the 18-25 set loss to drop the match.
The Eagles continue their time at the 2013 Spartan Invitational Saturday, Sept. 21. EMU is scheduled for a double-dip with a 10 a.m. match against the University of Cincinnati before taking on Duquesne University at 5:30 p.m.
BUFFALO, NY - For the first time this season the University at Buffalo volleyball dropped an opening set and was forced to play from behind, but the Bulls pulled out a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso during the opening night of the Blue and White Classic.  The loss for the Crusaders was just their second of the season.
The Bulls took the match, 11-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 as they outhit Valparaiso, .190 to .109. It was a slow start for UB, who hit -.148 in the opening set and was unable to get anything going offensively.  However, the Bulls turned it on, beginning with a strong second set.  UB opened the set on a 6-1 run, forcing the Crusaders to call an early timeout.  The Bulls extended their lead to 10-3 and Valparaiso got no closer than within four in the set.  UB led by as many as 11 in the set as a solo block from sophomore Amber Hatchett gave the Bulls a 24-13 lead.  A kill from fellow sophomore Tahleia Bishop closed out the set at 25-15.
Following the intermission, UB raced out to a 6-2 lead following back-to-back service aces from sophomore Megan Lipski.  Valparaiso came back and took an 18-15 lead in the set, but the Bulls went on a 6-1 run to go up 21-19.  The Crusaders again pulled within one, but UB got some clutch serving from freshman Siena Wilder as the Bulls scored three straight points to increase the lead to 24-20.  A kill from Lipski gave UB the set and the 2-1 lead in the match.
Looking to clinch the match, the Bulls opened the fourth set on an 8-2 run, but Valpo came back to tie it up at 10-10.  A quick 6-3 run by Buffalo gave it a 16-13 lead and following two Valparaiso points, UB went on another 6-1 run, expanding its lead to 22-16.  An attack error from the Crusaders ended the set and the match.
"I don't know why we came out slow tonight, but I was extremely pleased with the way we responded," said head coach Todd Kress.  "Tonight was absolutely a total team victory and we had different players stepping up huge all evening."
Senior Christine Fritsche finished with a match-high 15 kills and just three errors on a season-high 47 attempts.  Lipski and fellow sophomore Akeila Lain each finished with 10 kills, while Bishop added nine kills and just two errors.  Junior Taylor Pritchett finished with 21 assists and seven digs, while senior Dani Reinert added 19 assists and seven digs.
Senior Kelly Svoboda led all players with 27 digs, while Lipski added 11 and Fritsche had nine.  After recording just one team block in the opening set, the Bulls finished the night with 14.0 total blocks, remaining one of the top blocking teams in the nation.  Senior Carissa McKenna had seven total blocks, while Lain added six and Hatchett had five.
In earlier action this afternoon at the Blue and White Classic, #13 Ohio State defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 3-0.  The Buckeyes and Crusaders will open play tomorrow at 11:00 am and UB will play its first match at 1:30 pm against Maryland-Eastern Shore.  The Hawks and Crusaders will play at 4:30 pm tomorrow and then UB and Ohio State will round out the tournament at 7:00 pm.
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Miami University volleyball team dropped a tough, 0-3 (22-25, 19-25, 15-25), decision to Northwestern at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday evening. The RedHawks fall to 8-3 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 7-4.
After Northwestern opened set one with a 6-1 advantage, a service ace from senior outside hitter Madison Dodd, kills from sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig and junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley and a block by Riley and sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle were part of a 6-2 run by Miami that cut the deficit to one at 7-8. The Wildcats were able to maintain the lead until a solo block by freshman middle hitter Paige Hill tied the score at 11. A service ace from junior middle hitter Chelsea Visk then gave the Red and White its first lead of the set. A solo block from Ingle, along with kills from Riley and Ingle helped Miami to its biggest advantage at 15-12. A 5-2 run by NU tied the score at 17. Tied at 19, the Wildcats scored four of the next five points to take a 23-20 lead. An attack error followed by a service ace from freshman setter Krista Brakauskas pulled the RedHawks to within one, but Northwestern followed with two straight points to secure a 25-22 win.
Hill had two kills, while Riley and Reiswig each contributed one as Miami took a 10-9 lead in set two. The lead traded back-and-forth several times until it was tied at 15. From there, an 8-2 run by the Wildcats gave them control at 23-17. Reiswig and Visk tried to help the RedHawks come back with kills, but Northwestern put away a 25-19 victory.
After falling behind 2-7 to begin set three, Miami fought back to tie the score at nine. During the run, Ingle had a kill and teamed up with Riley and sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney on a pair of blocks. The Wildcats answered with a 10-4 run that put them in front, 19-13, and forced a Miami timeout. Out of the break, Ingle scored on a kill to cut the deficit to five, but the RedHawks could not stop a hot Northwestern offense, as the Wildcats went on to win, 25-15.
Reiswig led Miami with eight kills, while Riley contributed six. Brakauskas was the team leader with 13 assists, while junior libero Tori Clifford had 13 digs. As a team, the RedHawks had 10 blocks, six of which involved Ingle (one solo and five assisted).
Miami completes play at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday when it takes on USF at 9 p.m. (EDT).
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team added a big win to their résumé Friday night at Victor E. Court with a 3-1 victory over the defending Summit League champion IPFW Mastodons.
The victory pushes the Huskies back over .500 to 7-6, while IPFW drops to 6-8 on the season. On paper, NIU handled the Mastodons with a .308-.220 attack percentage advantage, along with a 67-53 edge in total kills.
"Against IPFW, I thought we served pretty well, but we had to battle against them in the second set and even somewhat in the third set," said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. "It was nice for us to get some control toward the end. We got stronger as the match went on, so - all in all - it was a good day."
As expected, both sides were even throughout the first half of the opening set until a 4-0 IPFW run put the Mastodons ahead, 10-7. A few points later with the tall at 12-9 IPFW, the Huskies rolled out a 5-0 run behind two Sarah Angelos kills, a Mary Grace Kelly spike and a combo block from Angelos and Emily Paschke. The run proved instrumental as NIU kept the visitors at bay and helped build a 23-19 advantage, only to have the Mastodons go on a 4-1 rally to close within 24-23 and serving. Kelly ended any thoughts of a comeback, though, by driving home a cross-court shot to give NIU a 25-23 set one win.
NIU and IPFW were neck-and-neck at the outset of the second set en route to a 13-13 deadlock midway through the stanza. From there, the Mastodons went ahead with a 4-1 run to make the tally 17-14. The Huskies returned the favor with a 4-2 run to move within two, but - as the host had done to the visitors the set prior - IPFW held NIU at least one point away from tying the match. The Mastodons closed the door on the Huskies when, with the score 21-19, they scored four of the final five points to grab a 25-20 second set triumph.
Both sides were precise on the offensive end to open the third set, as IPFW opened a slim 5-4 lead on the Huskies. NIU pulled ahead, 9-6, behind kills from Mackenzie Roddy, Jenna Radtke and Alexis Gonzalez, but the Mastodons countered with a 4-1 run of their own to tie the set a 10. The Huskies slid back ahead 15-11, only to have IPFW come back again to tie things at 18-18 and eventually take a 21-19 lead. That is when Kelly stepped in with a kill and a combo block with Angelos to tie the set back up at 21-all. After exchanging points, the Huskies got the break they needed with a Kelly kill and a Paige Dacanay ace, before an Angelos kill clinched the third set for NIU, 25-23.
The close third set win set the stage for a dominant fourth set for the Huskies, as they opened up a 7-2 lead on the Mastodons courtesy of several IPFW errors. After the score became 9-4, NIU, the Huskie offense unloaded on a 12-5 run that gave Northern a commanding 20-9 lead. From there, NIU was able to coast to a 25-13 set win.
Angelos and Roddy keyed the Huskie offense with 18 and 17 kills, respectively, in addition to Kelly's 11 and Radtke's nine. Defensively, Roddy led NIU with 17 digs, followed by 15 from Kelly, 12 from Schepler and 10 from Gonzalez, who came just short of a triple-double.
NIU plays their final match of the Huskie Invitational tomorrow morning when they battle the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland at 11 a.m.