MAC Volleyball Notebook -- Week Eight

Updated 9/19/1998
BALL STATES WIN STREAK UP TO NINE:
Ball State remains the hottest team in the MAC. The Cardinals increased their winning streak to nine straight after road wins last week at Miami, Ohio and Akron and have won six straight and 16 of their last 17. The Cardinals, who have a one-game lead over Western Michigan in the West Division standings, battles Northern Illinois on the road Friday in their only match of the week.

MIAMIS LUCKY NUMBER 13:
On Friday, Oct. 13, the number 13 proved to be lucky for the RedHawks. Although, Miami was without its top player #13 Kelly McCullough, who did not make the weekend trip due to illness, three Miami players posted 13 kills in the RedHawks 3-1 triumph at Toledo. Jennifer Eaton posted a 13-kill, 13-dig double-double, while Erika Eagan and Jessica Rayburg each registered 13 kills. Eagan attained the illusive triple-double, and Rayburg was one block shy of 13 blocks.

RECORDS GALORE FOR THE FALCONS:
The Falcons set a number of individual and team records in the win over Northern Illinois Saturday. BGSU set school marks for kills and assists in a match. BG's total of 102 kills snapped the old record of 96, set versus St. Johns (Sept. 19, 1998 - four games). The Falcons' 93 assists topped the old record by 10 (83 vs. Central Michigan, Nov. 27, 1987 - five games), and the team shattered the record for assists in a four-game match (73, twice). Individually, junior Natalie Becker broke the single-match record for assists, with 82. The old record of 80 was set by Linda Popovich in a five-game contest in 1987. Becker obliterated the old record of 66 assists in a four-game match (set by Wendy Watkins in 1998).

TOLEDOS BLOCK PARTY:
The Rockets registered their top two blocking performances of the season against Miami and Buffalo last week. UT registered 15 blocks versus the RedHawks and 13 at Buffalo to average 3.5 blocks per game for the week, more than twice their season average of 1.59. Sophomore Jessica Buck (1.38 blocks per game), junior Lindsey Kretzmann (1.38) and sophomore Heidi Neumeister (1.25) led the way for the Rockets at the net.

CMUS MITCHELL NETS 1,000 KILLS:
CMU senior Jennifer Mitchell became the ninth player in Chippewa history to record 1,000 career kills last weekend when she posted 12 against Marshall in CMU's only match of the week. Mitchell entered the match needing 11. In addition to her 12 kills, she hit .478 with only one error and added 10 digs, four blocks and an ace. She needs 11 more total blocks to become only the fifth CMU player to post 1,000 career kills and 350 career total blocks.

FRESHMEN SEE PLENTY OF ACTION:
A pair of Kent State freshmen saw their most extensive action of the season last Friday versus Northern Illinois and took full advantage of it. Outside hitter Bevin Murdock played in all five games and had a career-high 10 kills, 39 attempts and seven digs. Murdock also added two block assists. Outside hitter Tarrin Pelton also played in five games and contributed a career-high 12 digs.

RECORD SETTING NIGHT FOR BOWMAN:
Freshman setter Jenny Bowman set a school record for assists in a match in Saturday nights loss at Bowling Green. Bowman had 87 assists on the night, surpassing the old mark of 85 set by Shelby Snyder in 1991. Snyder needed all five games to get 85 assists while Bowman only needed four to set the new mark. MATIKOSH DELIVERS CONSISTENTLY:
Buffalo freshman Lindsay Matikosh has remained a consistent force for the Bulls in their last five matches. Matikosh has registered at least eight kills in each her last five contests, including eight against Bowling Green and 11 versus Toledo.

DIGGIN IT AND BLOCK PARTY, PART II:
Eastern Michigan tallied a season-high 26 block assists on Wednesday and beat that with 29 against Miami on Saturday. Danielle Black had seven block assists versus Toledo, while Sara Schaub added six. Schaub later added eight block assists against versus Miami to go with 26 kills and 19 digs. The Eagles also racked up 101 digs on Saturday with Courtney Huffman (20) and Jennifer Nighswander (25) leading the way.

NO SMALL FRY HERE:
Western Michigan sophomore middle blocker Amanda Fry made her first collegiate start Friday at Marshall. Fry made the most of her opportunity, hitting .364 and posting career bests in kills (six), blocks (five), and attempts (11).

MAC PLACES TWO IN REGION RANKINGS:
In the first official NCAA regional rankings released Oct. 4, two MAC schools were named in the Mideast Region. Ball State was tabbed seventh, while Ohio was ninth. The next regional rankings will be announced on Oct. 18.

NCAA Division I Womens Volleyball
Mideast Rankings (Oct . 4)
SchoolOverall
1. Minnesota - 15-0
2. Ohio State - 14-0
3. Wisconsin - 13-2
4. Michigan State - 10-3
5. Penn State - 12-4
6. Iowa - 7-5
7. Ball State - 10-3
8. Michigan - 10-4
9. Ohio - 11-4
10.Fairfield - 9-2

HERD FINDING IT TOUGH TO CLOSE OUT:
The Marshall volleyball team struggled last week finishing off games. The Herd held a 7-2 lead versus Ohio in the first game Wednesday only to watch the Bobcats take the next 13 points and capture the game, 15-7. Marshall also held an 8-1 lead against Western Michigan in the second game of the match last Friday, but the Broncos outscored Marshall, 14-1, to take the game, 15-9. Sophomore Jodi Fick paced the Herd in kills twice last week with 10 against WMU and nine versus Central Michigan, while also leading the squad in digs twice.

SALLEES ASSAULT TO THE TOP:
Ball State senior setter Emily Sallee is closing in on the spot on the MAC career assists list. Sallee, who has 5,753 career helpers, is 42 assists short of moving past former Miami setter Jessica Stouts top mark of 5,794 helpers. Sallee is also seven digs shy of becoming only the second player in league history to register 5,000-plus assists and 1,000-plus digs, joining former Akron setter Kim Schaper (5,619/1,186).

MAC Career Assists
1.5,794 - Jessica Stout, Miami (1994-97)
2.5,753 - Emily Sallee, BSU (1997-pr.)

MCDIVITT HITS THE CENTURY MARK:
Akron setter/outside hitter Julie McDivitt became the sixth player in school history to register 1,000 kills last Friday versus Eastern Michigan. McDivitt, who moved to outside hitter last weekend, had 12 kills versus the Eagles and added 17 kills and 28 digs versus Ball State. She now has 1,018 kills in her career.

OHIO FACED TWO HOT SQUADS:
After picking up its seventh straight win last Wednesday at Marshall, Ohio ran into two of the hottest teams in the league in Ball State and Western Michigan. The Bobcats, who won the first game with the Cardinals (15-10), battled through tough games two and three -- both 15-13 Ball State decisions -- before falling in game four, 15-4. Amber Merrill led Ohio with 18 kills, while Kris Whitfield added 12 kills, 12 digs and five blocks. Merrill led the Bobcats the next night in a four-game loss to the Broncos with 18 kills, with Michelle Gill pacing the team with 18 digs.

ITS TRIPLE-DOUBLE TIME AT MIAMI:
For the first time since 1996, a Miami player attained the illusive triple-double, which was the fifth one this year in the MAC. Erika Eagan registered 13 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks, leading Miami to a win at Toledo. Lori Reinart posted Miamis last triple-double (14 kills, 12 digs, 14 blocks) against Ohio on Nov. 2, 1996.