DEJA VU FOR BALL STATE?:
Ball State's 11-4 start is its best since the 1994 team began the year with the same mark. That team went on to post a 25-6 record en route to a Mid-American Conference Championship. The 1993 Cardinals also rode an 11-4 start to a MAC title. That team finished the season 26-5.
EQUALLY HOT START FOR WMU:
Western Michigan has matched the 1997 and 1991 teams for the program's best MAC start in the 1990s. The 1997 and 1991 squads both won their first four league matches before finishing with 9-7 and 5-3 league ledgers, respectively. The Broncos need just one MAC victory to post the program's best league start this decade.
THEY COME IN STREAKS OF FIVE?:
So far this season Miami's wins and losses have come in fives, well almost. The RedHawks started off the season with a five-match win streak, but then went on a five-match losing skid. Miami is now on a three-match winning streak (all conference matches) and will try to up its streak to five against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan on its home court. The RedHawks have not lost a conference match at home since the final match of the MAC Tournament on Nov. 22, 1997 against Northern Illinois (1-3). The last regular-season conference loss at Millett Hall was against Kent on Oct. 10, 1997 (0-3). Miami was 12-0 against MAC opponents in 1998.
BG'S KEMERER TO JOIN ELITE LIST:
Senior middle hitter Lori Kemerer is closing in on joining an elite group in Falcon history. Entering the week, Kemerer is 14 digs short of joining Lisa Mika and BGSU Hall of Famer Tammy Schiller as the only players in BG annals to register 1,000 kills, 1,000 digs and 400 total blocks. In addition, Kemerer will also become the sixth BG player to register 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
EAGLES FINALLY TAKE OHIO:
The EMU women's volleyball squad did something they hadn't been able to do in Kim Berrington's five previous meetings with Ohio - come away with a win. It was the 10th win this season for the Eagles, just one short of last season's win total of 11.
BRANAM A FORCE AT THE NET:
Akron's Kim Branam turned in a spectacular performance versus Northern Illinois in the team's only match last week. The senior, who recently went over the 1,000 career kill mark, had 16 kills and a .481 attack percentage coupled with career bests in total blocks (10) and block assists (9).
NOT A TYPICAL START FOR NIU:
Northern Illinois has lost four consecutive matches, the team's longest drought since opening the 1995 season with an 0-6 record. The Huskies had won 96 of 106 league contests in their previous seven years with the Mid-Continent, Midwestern Collegiate and the Mid-American Conferences prior to this season's 0-3 start.
FOUR FLASH DOUBLE DOUBLES:
Four Kent players put together double-double performances in the victory over Eastern Michigan, led by Carrie Patterson's 19-kill, 28-dig effort. Junior Carrie McEnery had 16 kills and 10 digs and sophomore Sarah Kutschinski added 11 kills and 11 digs. Stephanie Doran also had a double-double with 62 assists and 14 digs.
ON A DOUBLE-DOUBLE RUN:
Western Michigan senior Mandy Whitfield has posted double digits in kills in each of her last nine matches and also has 10 or more kills and digs in a match in seven contests. Whitfield had 16 kills and nine digs against the Golden Flashes to help WMU snap a seven-match losing skid at Kent. She dug 17 balls against Buffalo for her seventh double-double performance of the season. Entering the weekend, Whitfield is 13 kills shy of reaching the 1,000 kill plateau for her career.
OCTOBER "FEAST" FOR BSU:
Randy Litchfield's teams are 66-11 (.857 winning percentage) in MAC matches and 77-17 (.819) overall in the month of October. His teams have not lost a home MAC match in October since Oct. 17, 1992 against Miami. The squad has won 25 straight league matches in University Arena in October.
FIVE GAMES HAVE NOT BEEN KIND:
In the 1999 season, Eastern Michigan has gone to five games in five matches, posting just a 1-4 record in those matches. The Eagles' lone win was at Buffalo, while four of their five overall losses have been in these five-game matches.
BUFFALO NABS FIRST MAC WIN:
After going 0-18 in its inaugural season with the MAC, the University at Buffalo picked up its first league win last Friday with a five-game win over Northern Illinois. Keri Shiels and Rebecca Meade led the Bulls' attack with 19 and 15 kills, respectively. The duo also combined to add 45 digs.
HILESKI NETS CAREER HIGHS:
Central Michigan outside hitter Tennille Hileski had one of the better matches of her career in the win over Ohio. She tied a career-high with 15 kills and also posted a career-best three block solos. She picked up five total blocks in the match and hit .429. Hileski is hitting .373 in MAC action, which is third in the league.
SO MUCH FOR BEING AT HOME:
Marshall has had little time to enjoy the success it has had this year in front of the home crowd, and it's not going to get any easier for the Thundering Herd. Of the team's 15 total matches in 1999, Marshall has only played three home contests, winning two of them. The Thundering Herd, who are off to their best league start (3-1) since joining the MAC, play their next six matches on the road.
ROMMECK HAS CAREER WEEKEND:
Bowling Green sophomore middle hitter Caty Rommeck set and reset career highs in nearly all of her offensive and defensive categories in matches over the weekend against Ball State and Miami. Against the Cardinals, Rommeck tied her career high in kills with eight, then broke it with 10 versus Miami the next day. In addition, she also set a personal best with a .313 attack percentage against Ball State, then had a career-best eight digs versus Miami and equaled a high of two block solos against the RedHawks.
COLLINS IGNITES MIAMI LINEUP:
Senior outside hitter Mindy Collins collected her team-leading eighth double-double of the season for Miami against Bowling Green (18 kills; 23 digs). Her 31 kills this week brings her career total to 978, while her 32 digs elevates her career sum to 951. Collins is close to becoming the 12th member of Miami's 1,000-kills club and only the seventh player to register 1,000 career digs.
THREE ROOKIES PACE TOLEDO:
Rocket freshmen Jessica Buck, Bitsy Mayhle and Becky Radomski are getting plenty of playing time on the court this season and all are producing some team-leading statistics. Buck leads the team in kills per game (2.65) and hitting percentage (.265) and is second in blocks (0.60), while Mayhle paces the squad in digs (2.67) and aces (0.35) per game. Radomski is second on UT's team in kills (2.64) and aces per contest (0.31).