Thursday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 11/5/2010
Thursday's MAC Volleyball Results
Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 2
Miami 3, Bowling Green 0
Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0

Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 2
KALAMAZOO -- Five different Broncos reached double-digit kills as a strong team effort helped Western Michigan defeat Northern Illinois, 3-2 (16-25, 25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 17-15), in front of 1,074 fans at University Arena on Thursday evening.

Allyson Doyle (12), Gillian Asque (13), Jessica Brown (13), Ali Gossen (13) and Ashley Turnage (15) each tallied double-digit kills with Doyle and Gossen also registering double-doubles on 19 and 12 kills respectively. The Broncos held Northern Illinois to a .264 hitting percentage and MAC kills leader Lauren Wicinski to just .290. Doyle had an efficient night, hitting a team-high .462 and also adding four assists. Junior setter Sam Viox racked up 57 assists in the Bronco win.

NIU got out to a 7-0 lead in the first set before a kill by Brown got the Broncos on the board. WMU cut the lead to 10-7 after a kill by Asque, but did not get any closer as NIU quickly extended its lead, leaving WMU behind. A kill by Meghan Romo finished off the Broncos 25-16. Wicinski had nine of her match-high 27 kills in the first game.

Western Michigan started off the second game with a 5-2 lead. Northern Illinois twice cut the lead to one at 7-6 and 9-8 but five straight points by the Broncos helped extend the lead to 14-8. The Brown & Gold held strong, not letting the their lead dip to below four before putting the Huskies away 25-16. Gossen, Turnage and Brown each had four kills in the set in which WMU hit .448 to square the match 1-1.

Northern Illinois built an early 6-2 lead on the Broncos in set three but WMU went on an 8-1 run on the back of four NIU attack errors to go ahead 10-7. Northern Illinois cut the lead back down to two, 18-16 on an ace by Mary Kurish but the Broncos only extended their lead until an attack error by Sarah Angelos finished off the NIU. Gossen again helped lead WMU in the third game with four more kills, while Doyle pitched in four of her own. The Broncos held Northern Illinois to a .091 attack percentage, while hitting .432 themselves in the third set.

The two teams traded points until the 4-4 mark to open the fourth game. Northern Illinois went on a small 4-0 run to take the lead 8-4. WMU took a brief lead, 11-10, before the teams started trading leads. Deadlocked at 17-17 a kill by Allison McGlaughlin helped spark a 4-1 run to retake the lead, 21-18. A kill by Turnage and back-to-back kills by Doyle tied the game at 21. Sarah Angelos struck with back-to-back kills to give NIU a two point that the Huskies held, tying the match at 2-2 with a 25-23 win.

In the final set the Huskies jumped out to a 7-3 lead but the Broncos stormed back, scoring the next six points to take a 9-7 lead. After a NIU point Turnage blasted a kill into the middle of the court to put the Broncos up 10-8 before three straight points turned the lead back to Northern Illinois, 11-10. Doyle responded to square the set at 11 with her 11th kill on the night. The senior outside-hitter responded again after a NIU point to tie the game at 12-12 but a solo block by McGlaughlin once again gave the Huskies the lead. The two teams traded points to bring the score to 14-14, when an attacking error on Wicinski gave the Broncos match point at 15-14. Wicinski redeemed herself with a kill to tie it at 15-15 before handing WMU the lead on a service error. Turnage slammed home the game-winner to end WMU's two game losing streak and hand the Broncos a 17-15 set win.

Western Michigan hosts Miami on Saturday night at 7 p.m., looking to continue its momentum to earn a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament.

Miami 3, Bowling Green 0
OXFORD, Ohio - The volleyball team had a successful Senior Night as it swept Bowling Green in straight sets, 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-21). Miami improves to 10-16 overall and 5-8 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons fall to 8-20 overall and 2-11 in the MAC.

Bowling Green raced to a 10-2 lead to begin set one. Cassie Farrell had three kills, while Colleen Loftus contributed two as the RedHawks fought back to pull within two at 12-14. The Falcons would answer with a 5-2 run that put the advantage back at five. Trailing 16-20, Loftus recorded two kills, while senior Michelle Mangia had a service act to spark a 6-1 run that gave Miami the lead at 22-21. Bowling Green scored the next three points to create set point at 24-22. A kill from Jenn Caylor and a block by senior Michele Metzler ended that threat and retied the set at 24. Tied at 25, kills from Metzler and Amy Raseman would give the RedHawks the 27-25 win.

Metzler's strong serve led to an ace and two Raseman kills as Miami opened up a 7-2 lead in set two. Metzler would contribute two more kills as the RedHawks maintained the lead until it was 16-11. Two blocks from Farrell were part of a 4-1 run that helped put the set out of reach at 20-12. Miami would cruise from there and earn a 25-17 victory.

Loftus put down three kills, while Metzler and Farrell each contributed two as Miami went in front 17-8 in set three. The Falcons did not give up and went on a 10-1 run that tied the set at 18 and forced a RedHawk timeout. After the break, a ball handling error by BG and two kills from Loftus put Miami back in front, 21-18. Leading 23-21, Christina Menche scored two straight kills to give the RedHawks a 25-21 win and end the match.

Metzler and Loftus led Miami with 10 kills apiece. Farrell had eight kills and a team high seven blocks (two solo five assisted). Jackie Lang led the RedHawks with 10 digs. Miami hit .245 for the match, while Bowling Green hit .252.

The RedHawks will next travel to Western Michigan on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match against the Broncos.

Central Michigan 3, Toledo 0
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Looking to make up ground in the highly competitive Mid-American Conference West Division, Central Michigan put together its second-consecutive sweep to climb above .500 in league play for the first time in 2010, claiming a 3-0 victory over Toledo on Thursday at Finch Fieldhouse.

The Chippewas (13-12, 7-6 MAC) were lifted by the dominant trio of senior Lauren Krupsky, junior Kaitlyn Schultz and sophomore Katie Schuette offensively, while the defense held the Rockets (10-14, 5-8 MAC) to just a .163 hitting percentage.

Krupsky (14 kills, .387), Schultz (14 kills, .400) and Schuette (seven kills, .462) combined for 35 of CMU's 54 kills while hitting .405.

Junior setter Catherine Ludwig guided the offense to a .281 hitting percentage with 48 assists and senior libero Lisa Johnson finished with a match-best 18 digs. Junior Kelsey Detweiler added 14 digs to match her career high.

It wasn't the cleanest match of the season, as CMU committed 12 service errors and watched a seven-point lead evaporate midway through the second set, but Central Michigan found a way to come away with a victory in the face of a daunting final three matches of the regular season. Ball State, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois each entered the week among the top-54 in the nation in RPI.

The Chippewas conclude their regular season home schedule on Saturday against BSU at 7 p.m. The match will serve as senior night, where CMU Athletics and fans will honor Krupsky and Johnson for their careers in the Maroon and Gold.