MAC Players of the Week
SCHAPER NETS UA MARK, NEARS 5K
Akron's senior setter Kim Schaper became the school's all-time assists
leader in the team's four-game win over Eastern Michigan Friday.
Schaper, who passed out 53 assists against the Eagles, moved past Patti
Godzinski (4,869) for the top spot. The setter, who nearly pulled off a
triple double in the match with 13 digs and seven blocks, has 4,920
career assists. Schaper is 80 assists shy of becoming the league's
third setter to reach the 5,000 assist plateau.
SALLEE BECOMES GRANDEST SETTER
Emily Sallee continued her
record-setting exploits as Ball State University's setter on Saturday as
she became the first Cardinal to ever record
1,000 assists each of her first three seasons. In BSU's 15-5, 15-5,
15-12 victory over Ohio, she quarterbacked the Ball State offense and
totaled 35 assists. That improved her season total to 1,030, which
leads the league in total and assists per game (14.11). Last week,
Sallee was 4th in the nation in per-game average.
COLLINS GOES DOUBLE MILLENNIUM
With her 21 digs in Miami's four-game loss to Marshall, RedHawk senior
Mindy Collins surpassed 1,000 career digs. Collins, who notched her
1,000th kill last Saturday in a four-game win over Central Michigan,
also tallied 21 kills against the Thundering Herd. She joins an elite
group of Miami volleyball players to reach 1,000 in both categories.
She is only the sixth person in the history of the program to achieve
the feat. Collins now has 1,068 career kills and 1,005 digs.
IS THERE A TREND HERE FOR WMU?
Western Michigan's 8-0 MAC record matches most recently the 1987 and
1988 Broncos, who posted perfect 8-0 league ledgers. WMU was 16-0 in
1986, and 18-0 in 1983, 1984, 1985. The Broncos dominated the MAC in the
1980's, recording an NCAA Division I record 99 consecutive regular
season league wins. WMU is three wins short of tying its win total from
a year ago, and is four shy of tallying the team's first 20-win season
since 1996 and its second this decade.
WILLIAMS JUST DIGGIN' IT
Marshall junior outside hitter Wendy Williams continued to frustrate
opponents' attackers over the weekend, racking up back-to-back 20-dig
performances. Williams had 22 digs in the Herd's win over Miami, and
posted 21 more at Northern Illinois for a 5.38 average. She now has four
consecutive 20-plus dig matches, including a Marshall school record 37
in a win at Akron. Williams was also effective on offense, reaching
double-digits in kills in both weekend matches. She averaged 3.0 kpg and
0.38 blocks per game to go along with her digging. On the season,
Williams has raised her digs per game average to 4.39, the best total in
CAREER NIGHT FOR THREE FLASHES
Senior Carrie Patterson, junior
Carrie McEnery and sophomore Stephanie Doran all had career performances
in Kent's five-game win against Miami. McEnery contributed 26 kills and
28 digs, Patterson compiled 30 kills, and Doran added 75 assists and 21
digs--all career-high marks for the Flashes. In that match, Patterson
also became the fifth Golden Flash to reach the 1,000 kill plateau and
now has 1,001.
FALCONS ARE ON A ROLL
Bowling Green moved into a third-place tie in the East Division with
Miami after a pair of wins over Toledo and Central Michigan. The
victories for the Falcons was their fifth in a row and is the team's
longest winning streak since they won six straight in 1997.
MULLEN NEARLY PULLS OFF TRIPLE
Ohio's Katie Mullen, like Akron's Kim Schaper, nearly pulled off a
triple-double in the Bobcats' match at Northern Illinois. Mullen had 34
kills, 22 digs and eight block assists, to go with a .458 hitting
percentage. The senior's kill total against the Huskies marked the
seventh match in the league this year in which a player registered 30 or
EMU'S HEUKER STEPS UP HER PLAY
Since entering the lineup on a permanent basis, Eastern Michigan
freshman Julie Heuker has made a major contribution to the Eagles' 12
wins this season. In her last seven matches, she has posted 53 kills and
a .261 hitting percentage. She has also added 24 total blocks over that
time. Her best offensive performance of the year game in the team's last
match against Buffalo, as she had 13 kills and just two errors in 22
attacks for a .500 hitting percentage.
WILKINS KICKS IT INTO HIGH GEAR
Another rookie making waves in the league is Northern Illinois outside
hitter Tenisha Wilkins. Wilkins, who is second on the squad in kills
(188), helped the Huskies to a perfect 3-0 week, which included league
victories against Ohio and Marshall. Wilkins had 22 kills and 11 digs
versus instate rival Illinois State, then concluded the weekend with 17
kills, 10 digs and a .349 attack percentage against the Herd.
HOME SWEET HOME FOR BSU
The sweeps of Miami and Ohio improved Ball State's winning streak to 13
straight games. The Cardinals will attempt to set the school record for
consecutive games won at home on Friday when Buffalo comes to Muncie.
The 1998 squad set the standard by winning 15 straight in Muncie. In
addition, BSU has won 15 consecutive league matches at home, both
regular and postseason. The Cardinals last lost a MAC contest in
University Arena on Nov. 15, 1997 against Miami.
SPEAKING OF ROOKIES, PART III
Toledo freshman Jessica Buck is a third first-year player that is also
putting up some numbers. Buck leads all freshmen in the MAC in hitting
percentage (.260) and is also averaging 2.57 kills per contest, which is
second on the Rockets. The middle blocker is also second on the team in
block assists (33) and blocks per game (0.63).
EMU'S OLAIO A THREAT ON THE COURT
Sophomore setter/outside hitter Camila Olaio has become one of the most
dangerous parts of the Eastern Michigan offense. Starting in all 20
matches, Olaio has posted 767 assists and 89 kills. She has also added a
league-best 40 service aces, 168 digs and 42 total blocks.
CMU FINALLY COMING HOME
After playing five of its last six matches on the road, Central
Michigan will finally have a more consistent dose of home cooking. The
Chippewas, who along with Marshall have played a league-low three home
contests, host Ohio and the Thundering Herd this weekend. In fact, CMU
plays seven of its next nine matches at home.
CAREER-HIGHS CAN'T OVERCOME KENT
Although Miami had three players
post impressive career-high numbers, it was not enough to overcome Kent
in a five-game loss at Millett Hall. Mindy Collins posted 27 kills to
improve upon her previous mark of 22 which she set against Central
Michigan in 1997. Andrea Stone recorded 23 digs to surpass her previous
career-best of 16, which she also established against Kent in 1998.
Alissia Thompson amassed 22 kills to tie the personal-best she set
against Northern Illinois in 1998.
UB CONTINUES ROAD TRIP
Buffalo will wrap up its season-long six-match road trip this weekend
at Ball State and Miami. The Bulls, who are currently 1-3 on the swing,
will then host six of its final eight at home.