Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 10/17/2010
Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results
Ball State 3, Kent State 1
Central Michigan 3, Miami 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
Western Michigan 3, Akron 0
Ohio 3, Toledo 1

Ball State 3, Kent State 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team improved to 8-0 at Worthen Arena with a 3-1 (25-14, 14-25, 25-15, 25-20) victory over Mid-American Conference East Division foe Kent State Saturday evening.

With the win, the Cardinals snap a four-match losing streak to the Golden Flashes and improve to 16-4 (6-2 MAC). BSU's 8-0 start at Worthen Arena is its best since the 2001 squad posted a perfect 11-0 record on its home floor. KSU drops to 10-13 (3-5 MAC) with the loss.

"I was really pleased with our effort, focus and intensity tonight," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "We beat a good Kent State team which ran away with game two thanks to their quick-serve. Our team responded well to their no-huddle offense and played outstanding in sets three and four. It was a super win coming off a monumental victory over Ohio last night. We were concerned about a letdown, but the team responded in a positive way and came to play tonight."

Freshman outside attacker Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) turned in another solid performance for the Cardinal and White, leading all players with 17 kills. She also added a match-best .483 (17-3-29) hitting percentage.

Also posting double-digit kills for the Cardinals were junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) and freshman outside attacker Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) with 12 and 11, respectively. Brandl added a team-best four blocks and hit .321 (12-3-28), while Baker added 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the year.

Freshman middle blocker Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.) also had a solid night from the attack line, collecting seven kills while hitting .286 (7-1-21).

In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) recorded a match-best 19 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) collected 17.
Senior outside attacker Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) added 11 digs to help the Cardinals to a 69-54 advantage in the category for the match.

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) guided the Ball State offense to a .250 (58-21-148) rate of success in the victory, dishing out 44 assists, while adding seven digs and five kills.

Overall, the Cardinals limited the Kent State attack to a .141 (39-19-142) rate of success, with Meredith Paskert and Liva Brivule tying for team-high honors with 15 kills apiece. Brivule added 14 digs for a double-double, as did KSU libero Kristen Barr.

The teams battled to a 3-3 tie to open the match, before a Kent State service error and a Baker kill helped BSU gain the momentum and a 5-3 edge. Two more Baker smashes helped force KSU's first timeout at the 9-5 mark.

Ball State continued to control play from there, using three kills from Heeres and two each from Brandl and Marx leading to the Golden Flashes' second timeout at 17-9. The Cardinals took a 10-point advantage at the 23-13 mark on another kill from Heeres, before winning the frame 25-14 on a KSU service error.

The second set was a back-and-forth battle early, as the teams played to a 13-13 stalemate. Unfortunately from there it was all Kent State, as the guests rattled off 12 of the final 13 points thanks to their quick-serve offense, to win the set 25-14. Paskert led KSU during the rally with three kills and a block assist.

The teams played to a 4-4 tie in the third game, before a pair of Brandl kills gave the hosts a two-point edge at 6-4. The Cardinals carried the momentum from there, forcing a KSU timeout at the 13-7 mark thanks in part to three straight kills from Heeres, Baker and Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.).

Moments later KSU was forced to use its second timeout at 17-11 after another Brandl smash to the hardwood floor. From there, the Cardinals reached set point at 24-14 on a kill from Boyd. The teams exchanged service errors on the next two rallies, allowing the Cardinals to post a 25-15 victory in the frame.

A Fredrich ace surrounded by a pair of Ball State blocks led to an early Golden Flashes timeout at the 3-1 mark of the fourth game. The ploy worked momentarily, as KSU rallied back to tie the score at 4-4. However, three kills from Heeres and a pair from Baker quickly reestablished a 10-5 BSU advantage.

After Kent State's second timeout, a block and kill from Marx helped extend the Ball State lead to 12-5. The Golden Flashes responded with the next three points, forcing BSU's first timeout of the frame at 12-8.

KSU closed within three points at the 18-15 mark, only to have kills from Heeres and Baker push the BSU edge back to five at 20-15. Kent State made one more push within three at 21-18, before three straight points gave BSU match-point at 24-18. Three rallies later, a KSU service error ended the set at 25-20.

The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action next Friday, with a 7 p.m. first serve at Miami.

Central Michigan 3, Miami 0
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Capping off a resurgent weekend, Central Michigan posted its second-consecutive sweep, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18, over a Mid-American Conference East Division foe, topping Miami at Finch Fieldhouse on Saturday.

The Chippewas (9-11, 3-5 MAC) benefitted from a dominant night by their returning All-MAC standouts while the RedHawks (7-14, 2-6 MAC) were never able got their offense in gear.

Senior Lauren Krupsky (15 kills) and junior Kaitlyn Schultz (13) combined for 28 kills and a .500 hitting percentage to guide CMU's attack. Katie Schuette (six kills, eight digs, five blocks) also had a solid all-around match.

Lisa Johnson had four of her match-best 10 digs in the opening set, with several helping keep long rallies alive, to help the Maroon and Gold rally from a 9-6 hole and claim the early 1-0 lead.

The Chippewas ran off four straight points with the second set tied at 14 to take control and move up 2-0, and the defense tightened even further in the third set, holding the RedHawks to a .000 hitting percentage in the final frame.

Krupsky, a 2009 first-team All-MAC pick, and Schultz, a 2009 second-team All-MAC selection, put the exclamation point on the victory with six kills each in the third set, including a 6-for-6 stanza by Krupsky.

Junior setter Catherine Ludwig finished with 35 assists and guided the offense to a .330 clip, the highest mark since Sept. 18, against North Florida (.337).

It was the first win over Miami for Central Michigan in head coach Erik Olson's tenure. MU had claimed seven consecutive decisions.

CMU now returns to the road as divisional crossover play continues next weekend, with trips to Akron and Buffalo.

Eastern Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( Eastern Michigan University volleyball team ended its five-match homestand on a high note here Saturday evening, Oct. 16, with a sweep of the Bowling Green State University Falcons (25-22; 25-11; 25-23) at the Convocation Center in the annual Dig Pink match.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 19-6 overall and 5-2 in Mid-American Conference play while Bowling Green falls to 6-16 and 1-7 in the MAC. The sweep was also the Eagles' 12th of the season.

Following a see-saw affair in the opening set, the Eagles took control of the match with superior offensive and ball handling. EMU recorded a .232 hitting percentage with just nine attack errors compared to .152 hitting and 23 errors for the Falcons.

Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) led the way offensively for the Eagles with nine kills (38 attempts; .211 attack percentage), while freshman Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orville) (7-of-19; .368), sophomore Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) (7-of-20; .350) and Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) (7-of-22; .091) each chipped in with seven kills.

Lindsey Butterfield paced the Falcons offensively with 11 kills in 26 attempts for a .269 attack percentage. Paige Penrod added 10 kills of her own in 42 attempts (.095).

EMU won a back-and-forth battle in set one, 25-22. After being deadlocked at eight, the Eagles struck for five of the next six points to take a 13-9 lead. Following a timeout, Bowling Green found its own offensive touch and stormed ahead, 17-16. Both sides traded the lead until EMU pulled ahead for good, 23-21, following a timely kill from Baker and a Falcon hitting error.

In contrast to the opening set, the Eagles exercised complete control over set two en route to a convincing 25-11 win. An onslaught of offensive power combined with four Bowling Green errors afforded the Green and White its largest margin of victory (14 points) since a 25-10 triumph over Youngstown State, Sept. 21.

Again in the third set, Eastern Michigan jumped out to an early 8-3 lead and never looked back in a 22-14 triumph. The Falcons slowly chipped away to pull back to within one, 15-14, before five straight hitting errors put EMU ahead, 20-14. With the set seemingly in hand, BGSU put together one last charge to cut the Eagle advantage to one, 24-23. Roback answered and brought a crowd of 628 to its feet with the final kill of the evening.

The Eagles now begin a four-match road swing beginning with a trip to Buffalo, N.Y. to face the University at Buffalo Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.

Western Michigan 3, Akron 0
KALAMAZOO -- Senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle led all players with 13 kills, hit .500 and added 12 digs to lead Western Michigan past Mid-American Conference East leader Akron, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-15), in front of 1,013 at University Arena on Saturday night.

Doyle moved into 15th in Western Michigan (15-6, 6-2 MAC) history with 1,087 career kills, while sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown added 12 kills, two digs and two blocks.

Junior setter Sam Viox set a career high with eight kills, which she accomplished in nine attacks for an .889 attack percentage, 40 assists and 10 digs. Freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen had eight kills and hit .429, while freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard added 10 digs.

Freshman libero Lena Oliver led all players with 22 digs, as the Broncos held the Zips (13-7, 5-3 MAC) to .143 attacking. WMU had a significant advantage in kills (54-29), attack percentage (.325-.143) and digs (65-40).

Akron was led by middle blocker Tina Dimitrijevs with eight kills, .400 attack percentage and six blocks.

The Zips scored the first three points of the opening set, but WMU used a 4-0 run with kills by Brown, two in a row by junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage and one from Gossen to take the lead, 9-6. A solo block by Turnage put WMU up four, 12-8, and forced Akron to call timeout. The Zips came back within one, 15-14, but WMU constructed a 7-2 run to build the lead, 22-16, after two Doyle kills and an ace by sophomore defensive specialist Elizabeth Sweeney. The Broncos won the set, 25-17, after back-to-back errors by Akron.

WMU had 18 kills and hit. 308 in the set, led by Doyle with six kills, while Akron was limited to .103 attacking with nine kills.

Back-to-back aces led off the second set for Akron as it built the lead to three, 10-7. WMU came back with four in a row to take its first lead, 11-10, after an ace by Doyle. Akron tied the score four times, but couldn't get the lead back. The Zips were still within two, 19-17, when kills by Richard, Viox and Brown gave WMU a cushion, 22-17. Brown ended the set, 25-20, with a kill on WMU's third set point.

WMU hit .421 in the set with 19 kills, led by Brown with five kills and Viox was 4-for-4 in the set and had 14 assists. The Zips hit .278 with 13 kills and just three errors in the set.

Akron scored first in the third set after an error, but then Brown had three kills and Doyle had two in a 5-0 run. Kills by Doyle and Turnage pushed the lead to eight, 13-5, when Akron called its first timeout. That didn't slow the Broncos as another 4-0 run pushed the lead to 11, 19-8, and WMU went on to win on a kill by Richard, 25-15.

Brown had another five kills in the set as WMU hit .243 with 17 terminations, while holding Akron to seven kills and five errors for a .054 attack percentage.

The Broncos remain at University Arena for a non-conference match on Tuesday night against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. The match is also Volleyball Cares and fans are encouraged to join Western Michigan volleyball in wearing pink to the match.

Ohio 3, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, OH - Three Rockets tallied double-figure kill totals but it wasn't enough on Saturday afternoon in Toledo's 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-10, 25-20) setback to defending MAC champion Ohio. UT's record is now
7-12 overall and 2-6 in the MAC following the loss, while the Bobcats improve to 13-8 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

Junior OH Cassie Kleespies led the Rocket attack with 13 kills and a .440 attack percentage with sophomore OH Sondra Parys (12 kills) and freshman OH Lauren Rafdal (10 kills). Junior S Kassie Kadera led UT defensively with 13 digs with Rafdal and junior libero Amber DeWeerdt tallying 12 digs apiece.

The two teams traded points early in the first set with Ohio taking control with a four-point spurt to take a 17-12 advantage. The closest UT could come the rest of the way was to within 23-21 but kills from senior S Michelle Jantsch and senior OH Sue Jacobi gave the Bobcats the victory. Jacobi led the visitors with four kills, while Rafdal topped the Rockets with three terminations.

The second set started similar to the first with neither team enjoying more than a one-point advantage until the Rockets broke a 9-9 deadlock with a Parys kill and three aces from junior libero Amber DeWeerdt. UT was able to maintain that advantage the rest of the way and extended it to as much as 22-13. Kleespies led Toledo with six kills and a .857 ATK%, while Jacobi and Post tallied four kills for the Bobcats.

The visitors took control of the third set with a seven-point run to take a 14-5 advantage. Ohio registered a .593 hitting mark in the set and limited Toledo to a .067 ATK%. Jacobi led the way with six kills with Parys leading Toledo with three.

Ohio took a quick 7-3 lead in the fourth set before UT responded and evened the contest at 8-8. Four-straight points gave the Bobcats a 12-8 cushion. Toledo rallied to within 12-10 but could not come any closer.
Jacobi and Post topped Ohio's offense in the set with five kills, while Kleespies led UT with five terminations.

The Rockets return to action next weekend with matches at arch-rival Bowling Green on Friday, Oct. 22 and Miami on Saturday, Oct. 23