Three of the Top Four Teams Advance In the MAC Volleyball Tournament

Updated 11/23/1999

CLEVELAND (Nov. 23) -- Three of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals of the 1999 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Tournament following Tuesday's quarterfinal action on campus sites. Ball State University will be the site of the semifinals and the championship match after the top seed defeated Marshall 15-11, 15-7, 15-11.

The semifinals are slated for Friday, Nov. 26 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in University Arena, with the championship match taking place on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The first semifinal will pit second-seeded Western Michigan and sixth-seeded Kent at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Broncos (24-6), which defeated Eastern Michigan 15-7, 15-8, 13-15, 16-14, were led by Mandy Whitfield's 23 kills. Alberta Griffin added 15 kills and 14 digs, while Monyka Paul and Traci Morin chipped in 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Karen Simpson and Julie Heuker led the Eagles (20-12) with 15 and 13 kills, respectively.

Kent (14-16) upset third-seeded Akron in three games, 15-11, 15-13, 15-9. The Golden Flashes had five players reach double figures in kills and were paced by 17 kills from Carrie Patterson and 14 from Carrie McEnery. Patterson also added a team-best 17 digs. Akron, which finished the year with an 18-14 mark, was led by Julie McDivitt's 16 kills and 19 digs, while Jenn Snyder contributed 15 kills.

The Cardinals will face Bowling Green, the fourth seed, in the second semifinal Friday at 7:30 p.m.. The Falcons defeated Miami in five games, 15-12, 4-15, 15-5, 5-15, 15-11. In Ball State's contest, Susie Meshberger had 15 kills to lead the Cardinals, while Jenna Foster and Katie Butts each added 11 kills. Foster also had a match-high 24 digs and setter Emily Sallee passed out a match-best 48 assists for the Cardinals, which improved to 26-6. Wendy Williams paced Marshall (15-15) with 14 kills and 23 digs, while Heidi Kuethe added 10 kills and seven blocks.

Bowling Green (21-11) was led by Melissa Lewis' 21 kills, and was one of five Falcon players to record 10 or more kills in the match with Miami. Kris Pesorda added 16 kills and 12 digs for the Falcons, while Lori Kemerer contributed 15 kills, 18 digs and four blocks. In addition, Amber Vorst added 14 kills and 19 digs, while JoAnna Papageorgiou had 12 kills. Miami (16-13) was paced by Mindy Collins' 23 kills and 18 digs and Lee Ann Karr's 20 kills.

Individual single-session tickets for the MAC tournament are $5 for adults and $3 for students (K-12 and college). An all-tournament session pass for adults is $7 and 44 for students.

The winner of the MAC Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The pairings for the 64-team tournament will be announced Sunday, Nov. 28 at 10:00 p.m.

1999 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Tournament

Tuesday, November 23 (Quarterfinals -- on campus sites)
Match #1 - No. 1 Ball State def. No. 8 Marshall (3-0) 15-11, 15-7, 15-11
Match #2 - No. 2 Western Michigan def. No. 7 Eastern Michigan (3-1) 15-7, 15-8, 13-15, 16-14
Match #3 - No. 6 Kent def. No. 3 Akron (3-0) 15-11, 15-13, 15-9
Match #4 - No. 4 Bowling Green def. No. 5 Miami (3-2) 15-12, 4-15, 15-5, 5-15, 15-11

Friday, November 26 (Semifinals -- at highest remaining seed)
Match #5 - Western Michigan vs. Kent, 5:00 p.m.
Match #6 - Ball State vs. Bowling Green, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 27 (Championship -- at highest remaining seed)
Match #7 - Winner Match #5 vs. Winner Match #6, 7:30 p.m.