MAC Volleyball Notebook -- Week Six

Updated 10/16/1999
OHIO CONTINUES HOT MAC START:
Though it wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination, Ohio remained unbeaten in MAC play following a pair of five-game road wins over Toledo and Northern Illinois. The Bobcats, who have won four straight and eight of their last 10, are 5-1 in rally scoring matches and have already eclipsed last years win total of 10 (Ohio has 11). Ohio was outhit, outdug and had fewer aces than both the Rockets and Huskies, but the Bobcats did register 31 total team blocks, compared to a combined 19 from UT and NIU.

SALLEE AIMED TO MOVE UP CHART:
Ball State senior setter Emily Sallee, who set a career high with 84 assists in the Cardinals' win over Bowling Green Sept. 22, is closing in on third-place on the MAC career assists list. Sallee, who has 5,483 career helpers, is 137 assists short of moving up to second all-time in MAC annals. Up next for Sallee is Akron's Kim Schaper, who passed out 5,619 assists and is third all-time. Sallee is also 311 assists from tying former Miami setter Jessica Stouts top mark of 5,794 helpers.

MAC Career Assists
1.5,794 - Jessica Stout, Miami (1994-97)
2.5,619 - Kim Schaper, UA (1996-99)
3.5,483 - Emily Sallee, BSU (1997-pr.)

WMU SETTER JOINS ELITE LIST:
Western Michigan setter Jen Nowak became just the third setter in WMU volleyball history to total 3,000 or more assists in a career versus Akron on Friday, joining all-time leaders Kris Penza (4,082) and Heather Sawyer (3,455) in that elite club. Nowak, who became the 20th setter in MAC history to register 3,000 assists, is the programs all-time leader in career assists-per-game average with an 11.91 mark. She owns the No. 3 and 4 single-season assist totals in WMU history and the No. 2 and 3 single-season assists-per-game averages.

BSUS HOME STREAK TO BE TESTED:
Ball State's 23-match winning streak will again be on the line this week as the Cardinals host Northern Illinois, Kent State and Buffalo. BSU has won six straight home contests this year and ended the 1999 season with 17 straight wins at home. The Cardinals current streak is the second-longest active one in Division I, trailing Colorado States 37 consecutive victories.

BLOCKING MACHINES AT BUFFALO:
In Buffalo's three-game win at Canisius last week, the Bulls set a school record for block assists in a three-game match with 34. Junior Sasha Courbat registered a school-record 10 block assists against Canisius and also tied her career best with 11 total blocks. Nine of the 12 Bulls who played in the match had at least one block, while juniors Amelia Liddle and Larissa LaCour each had six blocks.

TOUGH TIMES HIT MARSHALL:
Marshall has endured a tough start to the 2000 season, and news last week was even more negative as the Herd was dealt three more severe blows. Marshall outside hitters Jodi Fick, Heidi Keuthe and Wendy Williams will all be lost for considerable time due to significant injuries. Williams has a sprained ankle, Fick has a pulled hamstring and Keuthe has an injured rotator cuff. Keuthes injury will require surgery and may put her career in jeopardy. Marshall also lost senior captain Nora Keithley with a unspecified back injury.

MCDIVITT NEARS MILESTONES:
MAC all-time digs leader Julie McDivitt is closing in on an odd trio of milestones. McDivitt, who spent her first three years as an outside hitter, is the Zips' setter this season and is 296 assists from reaching 1,000 for the season. The senior, who has 1,615 career digs, is also 17 kills shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. The University of Akron sports information office is currently researching to find out how many Division I players have registered 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 1,000 assists for their career.

BG TO BE TESTED ON THE ROAD:
After sporting a 5-2 record in its recently completed seven match homestand, Bowling Green will take to the road for its next three contests and five of its next 10. The Falcons, who snapped a two-match losing streak with wins last week over Kent State and Marshall, face Toledo, Western Michigan and Central Michigan this week.

MAC COACHING MILESTONES:
Several MAC head coaches are nearing some coaching milestones, while two reached a mark over the weekend. Akron's Mike Sweitzer is three wins shy of 175 for his career, Marshall's Steffi Legall is one shy of 50 and Ball State's Randy Litchfield is nine away from 250 and five short of 150 MAC victories. Also, Eastern Michigan's Kim Berrington is one victory from 50 during her tenure at EMU and Central Michigan's Elaine Piha is one win shy of 25. In addition, Bowling Green's Denise Van De Walle won her 325th match against Kent State, while Golden Flashes' mentor Mora Kanim notched her 50th win against Miami. Van De Walle is also three league wins shy of 150, while Miami head coach Carolyn Condit is five shy of 175.

MITCHELL LEADS CHIPS:
Central Michigan middle hitter Jennifer Mitchell racked up the blocks last week. She had 16 in three matches as CMU went 2-1. Mitchell posted a career-high 10 total blocks in a win over Miami and she missed a triple-double in the match by a mere dig. She had 16 kills and nine digs versus the RedHawks. The senior now has 265 career block assists to move into fifth place in CMU history. She needs 43 kills to reach the 1,000 career kill plateau.

SWINGING HER WAY TO THE TOP:
Eastern Michigan's Sara Schaub is swinging her way to the top of the EMU charts, and is also moving up the MAC chart as well. Schaub, who has 3,468 attack attempts, is 76 attempts from breaking Roxanne Munchs school record of 3,543. In addition, Schaubs career total ranks 12th all-time in MAC annals.

A FIRST FOR KSU AGAINST MIAMI:
Kent State defeated Miami for the second consecutive time on Saturday, marking the first time in school history that the Golden Flashes have beat the RedHawks in two straight matches. On Oct. 16, 1999 Kent State won at Miami 17-15, 13-15, 10-15, 15-7, 15-10. Senior Carrie McEnery has played some strong matches against Miami. Last year against the RedHawks, McEnery recorded a career-high in kills (26) and digs (28). On Saturday, McEnery had a game-high 18 kills, 12 digs and hit .421.

EAGAN PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS:
Miami sophomore outside hitter Erika Eagan put up some big numbers last weekend for the RedHawks. Against Central Michigan, Eagan posted a career-best 25 digs to lead Miami. She also notched 13 kills and three service aces. The next night against Kent State, she recorded her second kill-dig double-double of the weekend, tallying 15 kills and 12 digs.

VONDERHAARS ACCURATE SWING:
Northern Illinois' Jen VonderHaar had a .714 hitting percentage (10-0-14) against Marshall, netting the second best single-game hitting percentage in school history. Kori Schauer hit .727 (17-1-22) during the 1992 season versus Cal St. Fullerton.

TOPPING WIN MARK FROM LAST YEAR:
Only five weeks into the season and already three MAC teams have bettered their win total from 1999. Ohio, which won nine overall matches and four league contests last season, has picked up 11 and four wins, respectively, to date. Also, Northern Illinois' 12 wins in 2000 is two more than it won a year ago, while Central Michigan has won seven matches this year compared to six last season and have equaled its MAC win total of two.

TOLEDO NEARLY KNOCKS OFF OHIO:
The Toledo Rockets almost handed Ohio its first MAC loss of the season, dropping a five-game contest in their home opener. Becky Radomski had a match-high 17 kills for the Rockets, while Heidi Neumeister added 15 and hit .303. In addition, Theresa Estes and Bitsy Mayhle each had 20 digs for UT.

HOME AT LAST FOR CMU:
After playing its first 15 matches away from home, Central Michigan will plays its first home contest Friday against Bowling Green, then host Marshall on Saturday. The Chippewas are home for seven of their next nine matches and 10 of their final 15.