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Northern Illinois 3, Kent State 0
Central Michigan 3, Akron 1
Eastern Michigan 3, Buffalo 1
Ball State 3, Miami 1
Ohio 3, Western Michigan 2
Toledo 3, Bowling Green 1
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University volleyball team dominated each phase of the match Saturday night in a 3-0 sweep of the Kent State Golden Flashes.
NIU (13-11, 5-5 MAC) held significant advantages in most statistical categories against KSU (10-13, 4-6 MAC), including kills (39-30), attack percentage (.393-.068), service aces (7-0) and blocks (8-2). The victory also marked the first time since Sept. 14, 2012, that the Huskies have held an opponent to under 20 points in all three sets of a match.
“What a great game for our group,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “I thought we came in with a real good plan in mind and we did real good job of taking care of our side. It was a real good team effort in all phases tonight.”
After splitting the first eight points of the set, the Huskies broke the first stanza open with a 5-0 run – which included three Mackenzie Roddy kills, along with a kill and block solo from Emily Paschke – to move ahead of the Golden Flashes, 9-4. From there, NIU gave KSU no chance of coming back by extending that early advantage to 17-7. From there, the Huskies were able to coast to an easy 25-12 first set triumph.
Things took a similar turn in the second set when NIU turned a 4-4 stalemate into an 11-6 edge courtesy of three Golden Flash errors and some timely kills from Roddy and Mary Grace Kelly. The Huskies forged on and built their lead up to 10 at 18-8 behind a 5-0 run keyed by a strong defensive effort from the front line. That enabled NIU to coast to another set win, this time at 25-13, to take a two-sets-to-none lead into the half.
KSU kept NIU on their heels for a good part the third set, as they used an 8-3 run to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 9-7 lead. Undeterred, the Huskies methodically turned the momentum back in their favor, as kills from Sarah Angelos and Kelly helped NIU in a 7-2 run to make it a 14-11 Huskie advantage. That rally effectively killed any chances of a Golden Flash comeback with the Huskies stretching their edge to 20-14 late en route to a 25-18 third set win to clinch the sweep. NIU got a big boost in the clinching set from their serving, as they totaled five in the third alone.
Statistically, Angelos powered the NIU offense with 13 kills and a .591 attack percentage to go along with four blocks. In addition, Roddy tallied 11 kills in the match, while she and Paschke each recorded three blocks.
The Huskies’ four-match homestand continues Thursday when they host MAC West rival Western Michigan for a special 6 p.m. start. The match will be broadcast live on Time Warner SportsChannel and ESPN3, along with being shown on tape-delay on Comcast SportsNet Chicago beginning at 8 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. — A little adversity can make a team stronger.
The Central Michigan volleyball team faced advertisity Saturday night, dropping the first set in its match against Akron before rallying with three-straight wins for a four-set victory, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.
The victory pushed the Chippewas to an even 11-11 record on the season and 5-5 record in the Mid-American Conference.
The Zips, who fell to 0-10 in the MAC and 6-15 overall on the season, forced the Chippewas to adapt following a first set in which they hit .455 en route to a 25-20 victory.
The Chippewas did just that however, holding the Zips to a .054 hitting percentage in set two to swing the momentum in their favor.
Senior setter Kelly Maxwell had 13 assists in each of the first two sets as the two teams went to intermission even, but took her game to a new level to put the Chippewas in front for good in set three.
Maxwell finished the third set with 16 assists, guiding the CMU offense to a .366 hitting percentage. The play of the senior created a well-rounded and efficient attack as senior Danielle Gotham, senior Katie Schuette and junior Kaitlyn McIntyre each had fourkills in the 25-22 set three victory.
The fourth set was all CMU in large part to their defense once again holding Akron to a sub-.100 hitting percentage. While the defense was clamping down, McIntyre continued to rack up kill after kill as she slammed home six more in the set and finished the night with a match-high 19.
Senior Jenna Coates closed the match by scoring three of the final four points on aces, securing CMU's second-straight win and first weekend sweep of the season.
In addition to McIntyre's big night, junior Hallie Enderle finished with a career-high 14 kills. Schuette had 10 kills and a season-high 16 digs, while Gotham also had 10 kills and three blocks. Coates led the Chippewas defensively with 23 digs.
Maxwell finished the night with a four-set season-high 55 assists, averaging 13.75 per set.
CMU is back on the road next weekend for matches at Ball State and Toledo.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team took on the University at Buffalo Saturday, Oct. 26, in its annual Dig Pink contest at the Convocation Center. Eastern brought home its third-straight Mid-American Conference victory as the Eagles defeated the Bulls in four sets, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18.
Senior Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) made history as she became one of just seven Eastern Michigan student-athletes to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. The senior outside hitter notched 17 digs on the night to bring her career total to 1,011 and etch her name in the record books. Sophomore Stacey Perinar (Channahon, Ill.-Minooka Community) led the EMU offense with 14 kills on the night for a team-high .387 attack percentage, while Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) netted 11 kills.
Junior Jill Briner (Oak Park, Ill.-Oak Park (Northwestern)) dished out 41 assists on the night which was just five shy of her season-high of 46 against Bowling Green. Corynne Smith (Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul) led EMU's defense posting 19 digs on the night, while Roback added 17 and Perinar got under 14 Bull attacks.
EMU opened the match with a 21-25 first set loss to fall behind, 1-0. Eastern hit just .206 in the opening frame, while the Bulls managed a .305 attack percentage which led to the Eagles' one set deficit. Eastern spread out its offense very evenly, as five student-athletes had at least two kills. Defensively, the Green and White struggled without recording a block in the set, while the Bulls stuffed EMU on three occasions.
The Eagles squared things up after a 25-18 win in the second set. The Green and White used a .243 attack percentage to their advantage; however it was its defensive effort that won the set. Eastern held Buffalo to just an .095 hitting percentage in the frame, including forcing the Bulls into eight attack errors on 42 attempts. Again, Eastern Michigan had five student-athletes with at least a pair of kills. Briner, Megan Crawshaw (Mattawan, Mich.-Mattawan) and Katie Krasowski (Oak Lawn, Ill.-Marist) totaled three kills apiece in the set, while the Eagle defense stiffened up at the net, totaling four blocks, including three block assists from Crawshaw.
The Green and White got on top in the third frame with another 25-18 win. Perinar was the catalyst in the frame, going 8-for-10 in attack attempts without an error. Short added three kills, while Roback and Krasowski added two apiece. The Eagles offense was stellar in the set, hitting .371 with just four attack errors in 35 attempts. Defensively, although they had just one block, the Eagles forced the Bulls into a .150 hitting percentage. It was in the third set that Roback made history, recording 10 digs. Her second of the set gave her 1,000, which made her the seventh Eagle all-time to notch 1,000 kills and digs in a career.
Eastern took the final frame, 25-18, to win the match in four sets. The Eagles would go up as many as nine on the Bulls when the Green and White capitalized on an attack error, extending their lead to 17-8. Buffalo looked to make a comeback late in the set when it saw back-to-back-to-back blocks to bring UB within six of EMU, but the effort was not enough as Eastern closed out the set with a 25-18 victory. The win gave the Green and White its third straight MAC victory.
The Eagles hit the road again next weekend, Nov. 1-2, to take on a pair of MAC West foes. The Green and White will first head to Toledo, Ohio to take on the Rockets from the University of Toledo, Nov. 1, for a 7 p.m. tilt. EMU will then travel to Muncie, Ind. to square off with the Cardinals of Ball State University Saturday, Nov. 2. First serve against the Cardinals is scheduled for 7 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women’s volleyball team became the first Mid-American Conference program to reach the 20-win mark this season with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23) victory over Miami Saturday night at Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals, who are now 20-5 on the year, also improved to 8-2 in league play and remain tied with Ohio, who topped Western Michigan in five tonight, for first place in the MAC regular season title race. Bowling Green, which entered the day tied with the Ball State and Ohio, suffered a 3-1 loss at Toledo to fall to 7-3 in league action.
In tonight’s win over the RedHawks, Ball State used a balance offensive attack to wear down the Miami defense as four Cardinals finished the match with double-digit kills.
Leading the Cardinals in scoring was senior middle Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) who racked up a career-high tying 16 kills and added a match-best eight total blocks (two solo and six assists) to lead all players with 21 points. Marx also connected for a match-best .519 (16-2-27) attack percentage.
Senior opposite Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati) also turned in a solid offensive performance with 16 kills, falling one shy of her career high which she set last night versus BGSU. Grant also finished the match with five block assists.
Senior outside Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) tallied her second double-double of the weekend, and fifth of the season, with 12 kills and 14 digs.
Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers was redshirt sophomore Hayley Benson (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) who pounded out 14 kills while hitting .429 (14-2-28). Benson also tallied three block assists.
Senior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) led the Ball State offense to a .251 (67-23-175) attack percentage by dishing out 60 assists which is two shy of her career high. She also tallied nine digs and three kills.
In the backcourt, senior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) led all players with a season-high 27 digs.
In racking up 11.0 total blocks and 81 digs, the Ball State defense limited the Miami (10-12/2-8 MAC) attack to just a .176 (52-23-165) rate of success. Annie Reiswig led the RedHawks with 13 kills, while Madison Hardy collected a team-best 16 digs.
In the opening set, the Cardinals used kills from Grant and Benson to score the first two points of the match and take the lead for good. With Ball State leading 20-17, Miami would draw within one on a Jenny Ingle kill and a BSU attack error, only to see a Baker blast shift the momentum back to the Cardinals.
After a Miami error forced a timeout at 22-19, three straight blocks from Grand and Marx ended the frame at 25-19.
After the teams traded the first four points of the second stanza, back-to-back BSU blocks sparked a 6-0 run to give the Cardinals control of the frame at 8-2. Miami would get as close as one, at 15-14, only to see Ball State regain control with the next three points. With BSU holding a 23-19 edge, back-to-back kills from Benson closed out the set at 25-19.
With Ball State leading 15-12 in the third set, the RedHawks would go on an 8-1 run to pull ahead 20-16. The Cardinals rallied back within one, at 24-23, after a kill from Marx, only to see a service error end the frame on the next rally.
In the closest set of the night, the teams battled to a 21-21 stalemate in the fourth set. Kills from Grant and Baker would give Ball State the next two points and force a Miami timeout at 23-21. After a kill from Miami’s Ingle, a Marx blast gave BSU its first match-point at 24-22. The RedHawks were able to stay alive with a kill from Reiswig, only to have Marx blast the match-ending kill at 25-23.
The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Friday, when it opens its final home weekend with a 7 p.m. match versus Central Michigan. The Cardinals will host senior night the following night with a 7 p.m. first serve versus Eastern Michigan.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan volleyball team played a tight match with the team at the top of the Mid-American Conference standings, but the Broncos fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 8-15) at home to the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 13-10, 6-4 in MAC play.
Alysia Baznik posted her eighth double-double of the season, notching a career-high 18 kills to go along with 13 digs; meanwhile, Rachel Sheffer had her second straight offensively-efficient performance, notching 13 kills on a .258 hitting percentage. Claire Gerwig also added 13 kills, and Ave Stout rounded out the quartet of Broncos with double-digit kills by pumping in 11 and adding five blocks. Lena Oliver had a team-high 24 digs.
The Broncos dropped a tight first set 25-22, but battled back to tie the overall match with a second set win. WMU trailed 11-7 at one point in the second set, but Stout put the Broncos on a 3-0 run that would pull them to within one point of the Bobcats. Ohio extended the lead to 17-13 at one point, but Sheffer notched a kill to make it just 17-16, and an Ohio attack error gave the Broncos the 19-18 lead in the set. Baznik broke a 21-21 tie with a kill, and added a kill on the next point to extend the Broncos' lead to two points. She added one more kill two points later to make it 24-22, and a Bobcat attack error gave the Broncos the set win.
The momentum carried over into the third set as well, with the Broncos taking a lead early and never allowing the Bobcats to pull ahead in the period. The Broncos opened the set on a 6-2 run, with Stout sparking the rally with a kill on the first point and also capping the run with a kill. Ohio pulled to within 9-9 on a blocked shot, though, and the Broncos would not truly take the lead for good until Gerwig ripped a kill to make it 18-17. The lead increased to 19-17 on an ace from Caroline Rose, and Baznik made it a five-point edge with a kill to make it 23-18. Baznik gave the Broncos set point with a kill to make it 24-22, and Pawlik finished it off with a swing and kill take the set.
However, the Bobcats came out firing in the fourth set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead and never looking back en route to the set win. The Broncos pulled to within 12-9 at one point early in the set, but the Bobcats expanded the lead to as many as eight points en route to a 25-17 win. The fifth set was tight early on, but the Broncos got no closer than 8-6 as the Bobcats wrapped on a 5-1 run to take the fifth 15-8.
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo maintained its perfect homecourt record in Mid-American Conference play this season with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 25-19) victory on Saturday evening over arch-rival Bowling Green. The Rockets now stand at 7-3 in league play and 14-10 overall and have won all six of their conference contests in Savage Arena.
Senior OH Lauren Rafdal once again paced UT offensively with 17 kills and also tallied 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Senior RSH Becca Reidy joined Rafdal in double figures with 11 kills and collected 12 digs for her sixth double-double as well.
Toledo also received strong offensive contributions from its middle blockers with senior Dakota Harkins (team-high .389 ATK%) and junior Brooke Frazer (.250 ATK%) tallying eight kills apiece. Frazer led the Midnight Blue and Gold with five blocks with senior S Adria Pryor registering four rejections.
Pryor quarterbacked UT’s attack by distributing 49 assists and helped the Rockets notch a .235 attack percentage or higher in Sets 1, 3 and 4.
Leading Toledo’s back-row defensive efforts was freshman libero Ellen Hays with 14 digs.
Senior OH Paige Penrod led the Falcons with 17 kills, while senior OH Lindsey Butterfield added 16 kills with match-best .429 attack mark.
Toledo started the match strong and led the entire opening set with Harkins and Reidy paving the way with four kills apiece. UT scored the first three points of the match and forced the Falcons to call an early timeout by taking a 10-5 lead. The visitors climbed within two points at 11-9, but the Rockets withstood the rally and never let their lead dip below three the rest of the way.
The second set featured nine ties in the early stages, and the Falcons gained some breathing room with three straight points to take a 13-10 advantage. UT rebounded quickly though with a 7-1 spurt for a 17-14 cushion and cruised the rest of the way for a four-point Set 2 victory.
Bowling Green didn’t go away without a fight and took control of Set 3 early with an 8-1 surge for a 9-3 lead. UT did rally to within four points at 12-8 later in the frame but couldn’t draw any closer.
Rafdal asserted herself in the final set with seven kills and a .429 attack percentage. The Falcons grabbed an early 6-3 lead, but the Rockets fought back with a six-point streak to take a 12-8 advantage and never looked back.
Toledo will return to action next weekend for its final two home matches of the 2013 campaign when it hosts Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2.