Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 9/28/2013


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Western Michigan 3, Miami 2
#22 Ohio 3, Akron 0
Bowling Green 3, Northern Illinois 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Toledo 1
Ball State 3, Central Michigan 0
Buffalo 3, Kent State 1
OXFORD, Ohio – For the second straight match, the Miami University volleyball team took one of the top Mid-American Conference teams in Western Michigan to five sets, but the RedHawks  ultimately fell, 2-3(25-13, 17-25, 27-29, 25-20, 10-15). Miami is now 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the MAC. The Broncos improve to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in the MAC.
Late in the fourth set, senior libero Madison Hardy recorded her 22nd dig of the match. That broke Melissa Zenz’s (’09) all-time career record of 1,481 digs when liberos are included. Hardy finished the match with 24 digs and now has 1,484 for her career.
Sophomore middle hitter Jenny Ingle and sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig each had great matches for the RedHawks, tying for the team lead with 16 kills apiece. Ingle made only one attack error on 29 attempts to finish with a hitting percentage of .517. She also led Miami with six blocks (two solo and four assisted). Reiswig had only three attack errors on 37 attempts for a hitting percentage of .351. She also contributed six digs and assisted on two blocks.
Tied at eight in set one, the ‘Hawks took control. A kill by Reiswig and a block from Ingle, along with two service aces by freshman middle hitter Paige Hill were part of a 9-1 run that put Miami in front, 17-9. After the Broncos scored a point, the Red and White responded with a 5-2 run that put the score out of reach at 22-12. Kills by Hill and freshman outside hitter Maris Below helped finish off a dominating 25-13 victory.
Western Michigan took a 10-6 lead to begin set two. Kills by sophomore outside hitter Sarah Chaney and Reiswig, along with a Bronco attack error cut the deficit to one. WMU eventually pushed the lead back to five at 19-14. Hill and junior outside hitter/setter Meg Riley each put down kills to pull within three, but the Broncos answered with a 6-1 run to close out a 25-17 win.
Miami fell behind by three points at 5-8 early in set three. The RedHawks would fight back several times during the middle part of the set, but could never quite tie the score. Trailing 17-20, a kill by Reiswig followed by a block from Ingle and Reiswig made it a one-point score. WMU answered with a kill, but back-to –back kills from Ingle and Reiswig off assists from freshman setter Krista Brakauskas finally tied the score at 21. The teams traded side outs until it was tied at 23. A service ace by Riley gave Miami set point, but WMU was able to fight it off. Chaney responded with a kill to give the ‘Hawks another chance, but again the Broncos tied the score at 25. Western Michigan followed with two set points of its own, but this time Miami fought them both off. With the score tied at 27, the Broncos scored two in a row to earn a hard-fought, 29-27, win.
WMU led the majority of set four. The RedHawks were forced to call timeout after a Bronco kill put them behind, 14-17. Out of the break, a kill from Hill followed by two straight WMU attack errors tied the score and forced Western Michigan to call timeout. Miami kept going with a kill by Hill, a block from Hill and senior outside hitter Madison Dodd and a service ace by Riley to push the lead to 20-17. A service error ended the 6-0 run, but Hill came right back with a kill off of Riley’s assist. In front, 22-20, a WMU attack error, a service ace by Brakauskas and a block by Riley and Ingle gave the RedHawks a come-from-behind, 25-20, victory.
A service ace by Hill and a block by Reiswig and Ingle gave Miami a quick 2-0 lead to begin the fifth and final set. The Broncos responded with three straight points to take the advantage before a Reiswig kill tied the score at three. Tied at five, a 7-1 run by WMU proved to be the difference as it gave the Broncos control at 12-6. Miami fought back with two straight blocks by Hill and Chaney, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Broncos held on for a 15-10 win.
Hill finished with 10 kills, five blocks (one solo, four assisted) and four service aces for the RedHawks. Riley had a double-double with 29 assists and 11 digs to go along with seven kills. Brakauskas had a double-double with 23 assists and 12 digs, while junior libero Tori Clifford finished with 13 digs. 
Miami returns to action on Friday when it travels to 22nd-ranked Ohio for the first of two “Battle of the Bricks” matches this season. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
AKRON, Ohio – Akron gave nationally-ranked Ohio a run for its money in the third set, but the threat came just a little too late as the Zips fell to the No. 22 Bobcats, 25-12, 25-12, 25-23, Saturday evening at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Two straight Ohio errors followed by a slick service ace from Alex Cocklin brought the Zips to within a point of the Bobcats at 23-22 in the third set. But Ohio returned after a timeout to deliver back-to-back kills that would end the match.
"For us to play against a conference champion-caliber team like Ohio was very important as our team continues to grow and develop," said head coach Ron Arenz. "Our team now knows what it takes to be able to compete at that high level."
UA (6-7, 0-2) struggled to trip up the opposition's fluid offense, hitting .184 to Ohio's .407 over the course of the match. Akron's middle blockers were able to hang tough at the net though, as Mary Delich and Kelsey Wilson posted nine kills apiece, each with just a single attack error.
Ohio improved to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference behind the play of its top hitter Kelly Lamberti (11 kills, seven digs) and setter Abby Gilleland (33 assists, six kills).
Karley Kusan dished out 26 assists and added seven digs for the Zips in the effort, while Jill Paluch led the defensive push with 12 digs.
Akron found itself in a familiar situation from a night ago, down two sets to none coming out of the locker room, but again the Zips were able to turn their game around in the third frame. Wilson and Delich combined for 10 of the team's 15 kills in the third set, hitting .667 and .429 respectively.
UA used three separate 3-0 runs late in the game to keep the Bobcats on their toes and force them into errors on their side of the net. The Zips cut the deficit to one at 17-16, 18-17 and 23-22, but were never able to break through.
The Zips continue conference play on the road next week when they travel to Buffalo on Thursday, Oct. 3 for a 7 p.m. match, followed by a cross-divisional clash at Toledo on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University volleyball team put on a show on Saturday night, as they swept Northern Illinois in a rematch of the 2012 MAC Championship game. The second largest volleyball crowd in Stroh Center history—1,503 fans—was on hand to cheer on the Falcons. With the win, Bowling Green improves to 8-5, 2-0 in the MAC, while NIU drops to 9-7, 1-1 in the MAC.
The Falcons dominated play all night long with a balanced attack, as all six Falcons to record a kill had four or more in the match. Lindsey Butterfield's 11 kills led the way. Butterfield added 13 digs—a season high—to record her second straight double-double. Paige Penrod was also in double figures, as she recorded 10 kills in the match. For the second straight match, senior Kaitlyn Skinner tied a season high with eight kills, and Ashley Dunn recorded 20 digs.
The Falcons scored early and often on Saturday night, as the Orange and Brown jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead early in the match. The Huskies would battle back to tie the set at 7-7, though, as the first set would remain tied 16-16. From that point on, the Falcons would dominate play, as three quick points forced NIU's Ray Gooden into taking his first timeout. The Huskies would take their second timeout trailing 22-17, on the heels of a 6-1 run for the Falcons. Coming out of the timeout, the Falcons would commit two straight attacking errors, as the Huskies hung around trailing just 22-19. But the Falcons would finish off the set, as Butterfield's swing found the ground, giving the Falcons a 25-20 win in the first set.
The Orange and Brown would score eight of the first 11 points in the second set, as NIU would burn an early timeout with the Falcons leading 8-3. Gooden would take his second timeout with Bowling Green up 14-8, as the Falcons were rolling midway through the second set. NIU would get within three points on two different occasions the rest of the set, but that would be as close as it would get. With the Falcons on the verge of a 2-0 lead in the match, NIU would stave off three straight set points to get back to within 24-21. But, following a timeout by Danijela Tomic, NIU would commit an attacking error, as the Falcons rolled to a 25-21 second set win.
NIU would once again have to burn an early timeout in the third set, as the Falcons came out of halftime strong. The Huskies would fight back to within 10-8 against the Falcons, but a kill from Jelena Sunjic would extend the lead to 11-8. Leading 16-12, the Falcons would get a kill from Kelsey Bates to take a 17-12 lead. Following an NIU attacking error, the Falcons led 18-12 and NIU would be forced to call their final timeout of the set. Out of the break, Northern Illinois would score three straight, as the Falcons would be forced into a timeout with an 18-15 lead. That timeout would slow the NIU attack, as the Falcons eventually found themselves leading 24-19 after a Penrod kill. With the crowd on their feet, and the Falcons serving for match point, Skinner and Sunjic would team up for a huge block to give the Orange and Brown the 25-19 win in the third set.
The Falcons will now turn their attention to next weekend, as they travel to Kent State and #22 Ohio for a pair of MAC road games. Saturday night's crowd was the second biggest volleyball crowd in Stroh Center history. The largest crowd came on September 9, 2011, when the Falcons downed Michigan State in four sets in front of 2,961. That match was the first sporting event at the Stroh Center.
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team got back to its winning ways Saturday night, Sept. 28, when it took down the University of Toledo in four sets. The Eagles (11-6, 1-1 MAC) picked up their first conference victory over the Rockets (7-8, 0-2 MAC) at the Convocation Center, 29-27, 17-25, 25-16 and 25-23.
EMU had three student-athletes in double figures for kills. Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) led the way with 13, while Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) added 11 and 10, respectively. Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)) hit .444 with nine kills on 18 attempts. Briner also had 16 assists for the Green and White. Perinar and Roback added 10 and 12 digs to pick up double-doubles. Alyssa Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.-Plainwell) led the Eagles with 25 assists. Overall, EMU hit .223 with just 15 errors throughout the four set match.
On the defensive side of things, Kelsey Jones (Reed City, Mich.-Reed City) totaled seven blocks, while Short added six block assists of her own.  Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) had a match-high 26 digs, which ties the third-most in her career.
For Toledo, Lauren Rafdal posted a match-high 17 kills, while Becca Reidy added 13 and Dakota Harkins notched 11. UT libero Ellen Hayes tied Smith with a match-high 26 digs, and Adria Pryor posted a match-best 35 assists. As a team, the Rockets hit .140 after being forced into 29 attack errors by the EMU defense.
The Green and White had to grind out the first set against the Rockets, taking the first set in extra points, 29-27. Short paced the offensive attack in the first frame, picking up four kills on eight attack attempts. Perinar added three kills, while Briner, Jones and Roback each notched a pair. As a team, the Eagles hit .216 with just three attack errors on 51 attempts. Briner and Jones were each in on the two blocks for EMU in the opening frame. Rafdal totaled seven kills in the first set, but Eastern held the Rockets to a .200 attack percentage throughout the frame.
In the second frame, Eastern struggled offensively, posting just a .062 attack percentage after picking up just six kills in the set. Reidy was the catalyst for Toledo, posting seven kills on nine attempts without an error. EMU was forced into four service errors while Toledo was flawless from behind the service line. The Green and White added three more blocks to their total in the frame but the Rockets' .205 attack percentage proved to be the difference in the 17-25 setback, as the match went into halftime dead-locked at a set apiece.
The Eagles cruised in the third frame, taking back the one set advantage following a 25-16 score. EMU was led by Perinar on the offensive side of the ball. The sophomore recorded five kills in the set, while Roback totaled four of her own. As a team, Eastern hit .293 in the frame, making just four errors in 41 attempts. The Eagles held Toledo to a .122 attack percentage, allowing only 11 kills in UT's 41 chances. Defensively, the Green and White added two more blocks to its total, including a pair of block assists for Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan).
The fourth and final set was a hard fought battle which EMU prevailed, 25-23. Briner paced the Eastern offense with four kills, while Perinar, Roback and Short notched three each. EMU held Toledo to just 10 kills in 43 attempts and a .023 attack percentage. However, on the other side of the net, the Eagles hit .286 making just four attack errors. EMU added three more blocks in the last set of the match, with Jones picking up a solo block and a pair of block assists.
The Eagles are off until next weekend, Oct. 4-5, when they travel to DeKalb, Ill. to take on Northern Illinois University at 7 p.m. Friday evening. EMU will then head to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a match with the Broncos of Western Michigan University Saturday at 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan was unable to find its groove offensively Saturday night, falling to Mid-American Conference west division foe Ball State in straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19.
The loss evened the Chippewas' record at 7-7 overall and 1-1 in MAC play. Ball State improved to 14-3 and 2-0 following the first weekend of conference competition.
While CMU struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first set, the Cardinals were clicking on all cylinders, finishing with a .538 hitting percentage en route to a 25-14 victory.
Despite the struggles in set one, the Chippewas were able to regroup defensively in the second set, limiting the Cardinals to just .074 in an attempt to even the match.
The second set saw the two teams tied 12 different times, including as late as 18-18 following a kill by junior Hallie Enderle, but the Cardinals scored three-straight points to take a 21-18 lead and force a CMU timeout. A double block by junior Kaitlyn McIntyre and sophomore Angelique White pulled the Chippewas back within one, 21-20, but it was as close as they would get as the Cardinals went on to take a 2-0 lead into the break behind a 25-22 set two victory.
The Chippewas fell behind quickly in set three following the break, 12-5, forcing a pair of timeouts from head coach Erik Olson. A kill by McIntyre following a long rally sparked the Chippewas and started a mini run and freshman Melissa Fuchs recorded three kills to help CMU pull as close as four, 23-19, but a kill by BSU's Mindy Marx and an error on the Chippewas closed the match, 25-19.
Fuchs led the Chippewas with 10 kills, while McIntyre finished with eight. Senior Jenna Coates paced the defense with 18 digs and sophomore Kristen Reenders had a career-high 11 digs.
CMU begins a three-game MAC road trip next weekend with trips to Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team overcame a first set defeat as it picked up its first Mid-American Conference victory with a 3-1 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes.  It was an extremely competitive match that saw 50 ties and 14 lead changes as the Bulls improve to 13-2 on the year and even their MAC mark at 1-1.
The Bulls took the contest, 20-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-20 as they hit .276 on the night.  The Golden Flashes got out to the early lead as they went on a 6-1 run in the middle of the set.  UB was able to pull within three of three different occasions, but Kent State took the set, 25-20.
The second set was tight through out as there were 17 ties in the set. With UB up 9-7, both teams traded back and forth points and neither team took more than a one-point lead until UB went up 17-15.  The two teams continued to answer each other's points and the set remained tied at 23-23 when kills from sophomores Tahleia Bishop and Amber Hatchett ended the set.
Like last night, the third set proved to be the pivotal one of the evening and like the second, it was a gritty battle between two teams looking for a win.  Kent State took a 15-12 lead in the third, but the Bulls went on a quick 5-2 run to tie it up at 17-17.  The Golden Flashes again went ahead 22-20, but two straight points from the Bulls tied the set up again.  The Bulls went ahead 24-23, but Kent State managed to fight off three straight set points and things were tied 26-26 when back-to-back kills from junior Liz Scott gave the Bulls the set, 28-26.
Kent State again took a late lead in the fourth set as they led 18-16, but the Bulls ended the set on a 9-2 run with the final point coming on a kill from Christine Fritsche.  The Bulls used two big blocks in the run to help them to the victory.
"We fought very hard against a good Kent State team and came out with a great team win," said head coach Todd Kress.  "Our veteran leadership out on the court really showed tonight and it was great to come back after a tough loss last night."
Bishop finished with 18 kills and just three errors as she hit .349 for the match, while Scott added 16 kills and four errors as she hit .364 on 33 attempts.  Fritsche added 12 kills, while Akeila Lain had seven and Hatchett finished with six.  Both senior Dani Reinert and junior Taylor Pritchett led the offense with 34 and 25 assists, respectively.
Svoboda finished the match with a career-high 32 digs, while Bishop added nine and Pritchett had eight.  The Bulls, who lead the nation in blocks per set, added another 12.0 this evening, led by five from Hatchett who had three solos.  Senior Carissa McKenna also had five blocks and Fritsche and Lain each added three.
Kent State (7-7, 1-1 MAC) finished with four players in double figures in kills, while Aleksandra Nowak had 56 assists and Hannah Herc added 29 digs.
UB will close out a six-match homestand on Thursday night when it hosts Akron at 7:00 pm.