Friday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 10/23/2010
Friday's MAC Volleyball Results
Northern Illinios 3, Kent State 2
Eastern Michigan 3, Buffalo 1
Western Michigan 3, Ohio 0
Ball State 3, Miami 0
Toledo 3, Bowling Green 1
Central Michigan 3, Akron 1

Northern Illinios 3, Kent State 2
KENT, Ohio - Trailing 2-1 in the match, the Northern Illinois volleyball team outlasted Kent State on Friday night at the M.A.C. Center in a cross-divisional Mid-American Conference competition, 25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 27-25, 15-11. The West Division first place Huskies bettered to 22-2, 8-1 in league play, while the Golden Flashes dropped to 10-14, 3-6 in the MAC.

"We had a really good start, played well in the first set," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "Then, Kent did a really good job of forcing us to do different things to be successful. It really challenged us in sets two, three, and four."

Despite being narrowly outscored 72.5 to 71, NIU fought its way to its eighth straight victory and remained a perfect 6-for-6 on the road. In taking the match to its extent, the Huskies gathered their fifth win in six five-set matches, including their fourth in MAC play.

In getting their fourth consecutive win and improving to 24-6 all-time over KSU, the Huskies featured an evenly-distributed offense that out-killed Kent State 63-58. Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva), junior outside hitter Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton), and freshman Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) each totaled double figure kills. Wicinski fronted the attack with 19 kills, and added nine digs. McGlaughlin registered her ninth double-double, and seventh in her last eight matches, with 16 kills and 15 digs. In her fourth contest with 10-plus kills, Angelos turned in a season-high-tying 12 putaways. While running the offense, junior setter Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) dished out 56 assists and had nine digs.

"Kent has a really good block, they do a really good job up front," Gooden said. "It was nice to get production from a variety of players tonight."

Two back row players were also huge factors on the night. Senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) dug up 20 balls, which is her 11th match in a row in double digits. Sophomore defensive specialists Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) notched her fifth match with 10 digs or better with 10.

"We got solid defense out of not only Maddie, but our entire back row, including Sue and Allison," Gooden said.

NIU came out strong in the first set by out-hitting KSU .314-.032 and racking up 17 kills, while giving up only eight. The Huskies jumped out to a 13-7 lead, forcing the Golden Flashes to take a timeout, but NIU kept rolling for a 10-point decision.

Tied 17-17 in the second set, KSU tied the match with an 8-3 run with help from three Huskie errors. NIU managed just seven kills to the Golden Flashes' 15.

In the third set, NIU trailed 20-19 but could not overcome a .036 hitting percentage as a KSU kill and Huskie error pushed the deficit to three. NIU called a timeout to regroup, but it didn't work as the Golden Flashes maintained the three point edge to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Down 13-8 after a timeout in the critical fourth stanza, NIU clawed its way back, eventually tying the score at 22-22 following a KSU attack error. The teams exchanged kills until a Golden Flashes attack error after a McGlaughlin kill gave NIU a chance to knot the match. McGlaughlin did just that on the next play with another putaway to send the game to the fifth set.

"We got two big kills from Allison [to end the fourth set]," Gooden said. "That opportunity [to keep the match going] was what we were thankful for and took full advantage of."

The Huskies were sharp in the final, and most important, set as they hit .400, as opposed to KSU's .211 attack percentage. NIU took an 8-5 advantage at the turn following a McGlaughlin kill and never looked back.

NIU gets back to action tomorrow against MAC East second place Ohio (13-9, 5-4 MAC) in Athens, Ohio, at 6 p.m. (CT). The Bobcats will be looking to rebound from a 3-0 loss at home to MAC West second place Western Michigan.

Eastern Michigan 3, Buffalo 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. ( -- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team picked up its 20th victory of the 2010 campaign Friday night, Oct. 22, as the hot-hitting Eagles downed the University at Buffalo, 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-8), at Alumni Arena. The win marks the 10th time in the program's 35-year history that EMU has posted at least 20 wins in a season.

With the decision the Eagles improve to 20-6 on the campaign and 7-2 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Bulls fall to 14-11 (2-7 MAC).

Senior Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) paced the offensive attack for the Green and White with 14 kills and a .407 hitting percentage (14-3-27). Freshman Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) followed with 11 kills, three digs and two block assists on the night. Junior Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central) pulled up 23 digs, while junior Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) chipped in 43 set assists.

Buffalo's Kristin Bignell led the way with 11 kills and just two errors, while Marisa Hornbaker and Kayla Govier added 10 and nine kills, respectively. Freshman Dana Musil also had nine kills, while Abby Niekamp added eight. Senior Lindsey Schlegel had 28 assists, while freshman Dani Reinert finished with 19. It was serving that plagued the Bulls as well as UB recorded 12 service errors, opposed to just three aces.

The Eagles hit .316 while the Bulls hit just .145 for the contest.

The first set was tight through out as the teams traded back the lead, but with things tied at 19-19 the Eagles picked up two straight points to take a 21-19 lead. The Bulls continued to fight to get back within one, 22-21, but the Eagles scored the last three points of the set to take the set 25-21. The Eagles hit .400 in the second set, which they won 25-19.

UB fought back after the break and led throughout the entire third set. UB led 15-11 when EMU tied things up at 15-15. The Bulls responded with four straight points to take a 19-15 lead. The Eagles would get it tied at 23-23, but the Bulls would score the final two points to take the set.

The momentum was short lived for UB as Eastern Michigan hit .583 as a team in the fourth set, while the Bulls struggled to find the floor, hitting -.029. The eight points scored in the set tied a season-low against the Eagles, as Prairie View managed the same total in the third frame of the season-opner at the Sam Houston State University Tournament, Aug. 27.

EMU is back in action tomorrow night when it travels to the University of Akron. The match begins at 7 p.m. at James A. Rhodes Arena on the Akron campus.

Western Michigan 3, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio -- Lowe's Senior CLASS finalist Allyson Doyle led Western Michigan with 12 kills, 11 digs and .500 attack percentage to win at 2009 Mid-American Conference champion Ohio, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-22), in front of 1,638 at The Convo on Friday night.

The Broncos (17-6, 7-2 MAC) won their fifth in a row and defeated the MAC East co-leading Bobcats (13-9, 5-4 MAC) in the regular season for the third season in a row. WMU's sweep at Ohio was the first since Nov. 5, 1989, and improved WMU to 29-17-1 all-time against the Bobcats and 14-8-1 in Athens.

Doyle's 42nd career double-double moved her into 14th all-time in career kills (1,104) and past 1,500 career digs (1,505). Junior setter Sam Viox had her seventh double-double of the season with 33 assists and 11 digs to become the 10th WMU setter to reach 2,000 career assists (2,015).

Western Michigan's freshmen continued to play key roles as libero Lena Oliver had a match-high 15 digs and outside hitters Ali Gossen and Gillian Asque each had seven kills.

The Broncos had one less kill (49-48) and one less error (19-18) to finish with a better attacking percentage (.185 to .167). The Bobcats had more blocks (8.0-3.0), but WMU finished with more digs (52-44). The Bobcats tallied seven aces, but missed 12 more serves, while the Broncos had three service errors and one ace.

Mandy Nichols led the Bobcats with 13 kills and .370 attack percentage, while their leading attacker, outside hitter Sue Jacobi, was limited to seven kills and .000 attack percentage by the WMU defense.

"Overall, it was a very good team effort," head coach Colleen Munson said. "Ohio is a very aggressive, physical, good blocking team, but we didn't let that take over our mindset. We played steady, stayed poised and earned the outcome we wanted."

The Bobcats scored the first four points of the match to make WMU play catch-up in the first set. A kill by junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage put the Broncos in front, 10-9, but Ohio answered with a 10-4 run to build a late lead, 19-14. A service error by Jacobi keyed a 5-1 run that tied the score, 20-20, after an ace by freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard. Back-to-back kills by Nichols put Ohio back in the lead, 22-20, but were also its last points of the set. An Ohio error and block by Asque and sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown tied the score, 22-22, and then Doyle delivered a trio of kills to give the set to WMU, 25-22.

Doyle hit .600 with nine of her team-high 12 kills in the set as WMU hit .303 with 14 kills. The Bobcats had 14 kills, as well, but hit just .214.

A kill by Gossen and block by Doyle and freshman middle blocker Emily Harris put WMU up four, 9-5, to start the second set. After a timeout, the Bobcats came back to even the score, 10-10. The Broncos regained the lead, 14-12, but Ohio scored four in a row to take its own lead, 16-14. The Broncos rallied behind kills from Doyle, Asque and Harris to go up three, 20-17. The Bobcats cut their deficit to one, 20-19, but kills by Brown and Asque pushed WMU to set point, 24-20. Ohio made things interesting by saving the first three before missing a serve to give WMU the set, 25-23.

WMU hit .095 with 12 kills in the set, led by Asque with five kills, and Ohio hit .122 with 12 kills.

Consecutive kills by Harris, Gossen and Doyle pushed WMU to an early lead, 9-5, before Ohio halted play with a timeout. Much like the second set, Ohio rallied to even the score, 10-10, but then made three consecutive miscues to fall behind, 13-10, again. Trailing by four, 18-14, after another error the Bobcats used their final timeout. Ohio closed to within one point, 19-18, but then missed a serve and two consecutive attacks to fall behind by four, 22-18. Kills by Harris and Brown gave WMU match point, 24-20. Ohio hung around by saving two match points, but then missed an attack as WMU won the set, 25-22, and match.

The Broncos hit .182 with 12 kills in the final set, including four by Gossen, while Ohio hit .162 with 13 kills in the set.

Western Michigan completes the weekend tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Kent State (10-14, 3-6 MAC). The Golden Flashes fell at home to MAC leader Northern Illinois in five sets on Friday night.

Ball State 3, Miami 0
OXFORD, Ohio - - Behind a season-best .367 (54-10-120) attack percentage, the Ball State women's volleyball team posted a 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 26-24) sweep over Mid-American Conference East Division rival Miami Friday evening at Millett Hall.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 17-4 (7-2 MAC) in its first season under head coach Steve Shondell. The road team has now collected five-straight wins in the all-time series versus between BSU and Miami. The RedHawks drop to 7-15 (2-7 MAC) with the set-back.

"I thought our girls may have given their best effort of the year tonight from start to finish," said Shondell. "It shows our team is starting to play with confidence and a lot of maturity. We had a lot of strong performances from a number of individuals. To beat Miami in three on the road is a tremendous win for our program."

In Friday's victory, three Cardinals finished the match with double-digit kills led by freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres' (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) match-best 16 kills. Heeres also finished the contest with a .444 attack percentage, with her 16 kills coming on 36 swings with no hitting errors.

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) also had a strong attacking night, blasting 11 kills on 16 swings with no errors for a .688 rate of success. She also served up a pair of aces.

Freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) also blasted double-figure kills in the contest with 10, while adding eight digs.

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) quarterback the Cardinals to their season-best hitting effort, handing out 40 assists while adding six digs. She also did her part from the attack line, tallying six kills and a .385 (6-1-13) hitting mark.

In the backcourt, freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) collected a team-best 13 digs, while adding her 15th service ace of the season. Senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) added 12 digs to help BSU to a 50 -48 edge in the digs for the contest.

Colleen Loftus and Michele Metzler tied for team-high honors with 11 kills apiece for the RedHawks, which hit .259 (41-13-108) as a team. Lisa Treadway added a match-best 14 digs for Miami, which also out-block the Cardinals 7-1 in the contest.

The RedHawks scored four of the first six points to open the match, only to see to see a pair of Heeres kills spark a 4-0 run from the Cardinals, giving the guests a 6-4 edge. Miami answered with the next two points, tying the score at six, and from there the score moved to 7-7.

A kill from McGinnis and a Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) ace helped BSU rally off the next three points, and from there, the Cardinals controlled the set. With Ball State holding a 21-18 edge, a kill and ace from Brandl helped Ball State reach set point at 24-18. McGinnis completed the frame with her second kill of the stanza.

Ball State dominated the early portion of the second set, scoring the first five points and building a 10-2 lead. Miami would cut the gap to four points, at 13-9, only to see BSU reclaim its eight-point edge at 20-12. Back-to-back kills from Heeres extended the Ball State advantage to 10 at 22-12, while a Baker kill ended the set at 25-15.

With Miami holding a slim 5-4 advantage in the third game, a pair of markers from Heeres surrounding a RedHawks attack error helped BSU rally to take a 7-5 lead. Miami followed with three of the next four points, tying the game at eight.

The RedHawks eventually built a 13-11 lead, only to have three kills from Heeres and a Brandl marker help BSU battle back and pull ahead 16-13. A 4-0 run from the hosts helped Miami recapture a slim 17-16 edge, forcing a Ball State timeout. BSU tied the score at 17 thanks to another Heeres marker, and the teams traded a pair of two-point runs, pushing the score to 21-21.

With the score tied at 22, kills from Baker and McGinnis gave BSU match-point at 24-22. A Miami block and a Amy Raseman kill helped keep the RedHawks alive, tying the score at 24. Brandl gave BSU its third match-point on the next play with her 11th kill of the night, while a Miami attack error ended the set at 26-24 and the match at 3-0.

The Ball State women's volleyball team continues its brief two-match road swing Saturday, with a 7 p.m. first serve at Bowling Green.

Toledo 3, Bowling Green 1
Bowling Green, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team earned a win in the opening set of Friday night's volleyball match against rival Toledo but the Rockets rallied to defeat the Falcons 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 27-25.

Along with winning that opening set, Bowling Green had three set points in the fourth to push the match to a fifth frame but the Falcons were unable to come up with the one point they needed. After Toledo took a 22-20 lead in the fourth, the Falcons stormed back with four in a row, including back-to-back blocks by Danielle Tonyan and Kari Galen, to take a 24-22 lead. But Toledo scored two in a row to tie it. Galen came back with a big kill to put the Falcons on top 25-24 but an attack error followed by a bad set gave Toledo a match point with a 26-25 lead. The Rockets' Sondra Parys picked up the deciding kill for the win.

In the opening set, Bowling Green built a five-point lead at 17-12 but Toledo stormed back to take a couple of one-point leads. With the score tied at 22-22, Tonyan and Lindsey Butterfield had consecutive kills and Toledo had an attack error for the 25-22 win.

The Falcons struggled to find consistency in the middle two sets, falling behind early in both and never making a serious run at Toledo.

Tonyan led Bowling Green with 14 kills and Spitler and Paige Penrod ended with 10 each. Ashley Dunn had 22 digs and an ace from the libero position and Madison Nitta had four aces to go with five digs. Penrod had 14 digs to go with her 10 kills for a double-double and Laura Avila also had a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs. Galen ended with five kills and a team-high three blocks.

Toledo improves to 8-12 with the win and 3-6 in MAC play. Bowling Green, now 7-17 overall and 1-8 in league action, hosts Ball State Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Central Michigan 3, Akron 1
Akron, Ohio - The University of Akron volleyball team fell in four sets (18-25, 25-19, 21-25, 22-25) Saturday night to Central Michigan at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Posting a .190 hitting percentage to the Chippewas' .233, Akron hung close throughout but key UA errors and kills gave CMU the advantage.

Central Michigan came out of the gate strong going up 7-0 in the first set. Akron climbed back to come within four at 16-12 but the Chippewas' would force timely errors to go back up 19-12. An Akron timeout would be to no avail as CMU pushed on for the 25-18 win.

The second set proved much different as the two teams battled it out to open up. Akron would eventually pull away for the 12-7 lead thanks to CMU errors and solid kills. Continuing to push on, Akron went up five at the 22-17 mark. Central Michigan would squeeze in two kills the rest of the way but to no avail as UA came away with the 25-19 victory.

The third and fourth sets followed suit of the first two. CMU would go up 5-0 to start the third but this time Akron hung around tying it at the 11 mark. Back and forth, Akron took the lead at 14-12 thanks to two CMU attack errors. Not giving up easily a UA error and Chippewa kill tied it back up at 14. To follow, Akron posted two kills but two attack errors kept it even at 16. The Chippewas' would take the advantage forcing Zip errors to never let Akron regain the lead for the 25-12 win.

The final set proved much closer all the way. Tied at 13, CMU would force two more UA errors to go up two. Continuing to push on, a service ace and two kills saw the Zips down four (13-17). Refusing to give up, Akron came back within two at 19-17 but again CMU pulled away at 23-19. Forcing two errors, Akron was within two at 21-23 but a Chippewa kill and UA error closed out the match.

On the evening, CMU had 24 attack errors on 146 attempts while UA has 21 on 142 tries.

Three Zips posted double figure kills in freshman Alex Cocklin, senior Jackie Goleman (11) and redshirt freshman Ari Mewhorter (10). Sophomore libero Chelsea Harvey registered 16 digs.

Akron will continue home action on Saturday facing Eastern Michigan in a 7:00 p.m. match up.