MAC Volleyball Weekly Release

Updated 9/7/2010
Upcoming Schedule
Tuesday, September 14
Ball State at IPFW 7:00 PM
Bowling Green vs. Wright State 7:00 PM
Kent State at Youngstown State 7:00 PM
Northern Illinois vs. Wisconsin 7:00 PM

Friday, September 17
Buffalo vs. Hofstra 10:00 AM
Ohio vs. UAB Noon
Bowling Green vs. St. Francis (Pa.) 1:00 PM
Buffalo vs. Air Force 2:30 PM
Central Michigan vs. Radford 4:30 PM
Kent State vs. Duquesne 6:00 PM
Ohio vs. Texas-San Antonio 6:00 PM
Western Michigan vs. Northeastern 6:00 PM
Akron at Colgate 6:30 PM
Bowling Green at Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Eastern Michigan at Davidson 7:00 PM
Miami vs. DePaul 7:00 PM
Toledo at Michigan State 7:00 PM
Ball State at North Carolina 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 18
Akron vs. Cornell 10:00 AM
Eastern Michigan vs. Boise State 10:00 AM
Western Michigan at Seton Hall 10:00 AM
Central Michigan vs. North Florida 10:30 AM
Miami vs. Illinois State 10:30 AM
Ball State vs. Temple 11:00 AM
Bowling Green vs. Eastern Illinois 11:00 AM
Kent State vs. Louisiana Monroe Noon
Western Michigan vs. UMBC 12:30 PM
Northern Illinois vs. Youngstown State 2:00 PM
Ohio at TCU 2:00 PM
Akron vs. Connecticut 4:00 PM
Eastern Michigan vs. High Point 4:30 PM
Bowling Green vs. Robert Morris 5:00 PM
Ball State vs. Appalachian State 5:30 PM
Kent State vs. Syracuse 7:00 PM
Central Michigan at College of Charleston 7:30 PM
Miami vs. Indiana 7:30 PM

Sunday, September 19
Buffalo at Army Noon
Buffalo vs. Bryant 5:00 PM
Northern Illinois vs. Iowa 4:00 PM


East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Michelle Janstch, Ohio, Sr., S, Mission Hills, Kan./St. Teresa Academy
Jantsch was named to the All-Tournament Team at the JQH Invitational. Helped the Bobcatss go 3-1 with wins over two teams receiving votes in the national polls (Texas A&M and Missouri State). Ranked second in digs with 40 and had 11 total blocks. ... She also added 11 kills, led the team in assists with 140 and three service aces over the three-day event.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Fr., L, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central

Freshman Lena Oliver guided the Western Michigan defense during four wins, all sweeps, last week, including the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational championship. Oliver led Western Michigan with 6.17 digs per set as the Broncos held all four opponents to a combined .064 attack percentage and only 8.83 kills per set. She began the week with 18 digs in the Broncos' home-opening victory over 2009 Summit League Tournament champion IPFW. She started the Hampton Inn Invitational with 13 digs against tournament host IUPUI and then tallied match highs of 22 digs vs. Wright State and 21 vs. DePaul to clinch all-tournament team honors. Oliver also led the team with seven service aces and picked up her second kill of the season from the libero position.

East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Katie Post, Ohio, Jr., OH/MB, Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood

Was named the JQH Invitational Tournament MVP after leading the Bobcats to a 3-1 record including victories over two teams that received votes in the national polls, Texas A&M and Missouri State ... Had 46 kills and hit .417 while averaging 15 points per match over all four contests ... Totaled career-highs in kills and points during the championship match ... Also accumulated 20 total blocks, an average of five per match, to lead the Bobcats in that category ... Had two service aces.

West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sam Viox, Western Michigan, Jr., S, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy

Junior setter Sam Viox was named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational as Western Michigan won four matches, all sweeps, last week. Viox averaged 11.92 assists, 2.17 digs, 0.50 kills, 0.50 blocks and 0.33 aces per set for the Broncos. With Viox directing the offense, WMU hit .287 as a team with 14.42 kills per set. She spread the ball evenly with three players each accounting for 37 kills, one player with 30 and another with 21 kills. Viox put three of those players in position to hit .308 or higher during the week. She started the week with 34 assists, 12 digs and two kills against 2009 Summit League Tournament champion IPFW. She moved to Indianapolis and tallied 41 assists and three aces against IUPUI and then added 38 assists and eight digs in the win over Wright State. Viox clinched MVP honors against DePaul of the Big East with 30 assists, five digs, three blocks and two kills, while WMU hit a season-high .359 as a team.

West Division Team Notebooks
-- BSU's defense continued to dominate at the Active Ankle Challenge, limiting its three opponents to a combined .114 (87-51-317) hitting mark . . . BSU has held five of its opponents below .170 this season, including a -.084 (14-21-83) mark from Tennessee State . . . For the season, BSU is limiting its opposition to a .117 rate of success, while connecting at a .290 clip on offense. ►GOOD START: Ball State is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1989, which ties as the second-longest season-opening winning streak in program history . . . The longest winning streak to open a season came in 1973, when the Cardinals collected victories in their first 10 matches. ►SET STREAK: Ball State is a perfect 18-for-18 in sets played this season . . . The 18-set winning streak is the fourth-longest in program history . . . The longest set winning streaks in program history are 23 (11/3/93 - 11/27/93), 21 (10/9/04 - 10/30/04) and 19 (10/27/00 - 11/17/00).

-- The Chippewas went 3-0 last week against Niagara, Youngstown State and Howard to even its record at 3-3 in 2010. CMU faces Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Creighton this week, looking to climb above .500 for the first time this season. Lauren Krupsky earned MVP honors at the YSU Invitational, and earned all-tournament honors along with setter Catherine Ludwig. Krupsky averaged 4.1 kills per set and Ludwig averaged 11.3 assists.

-- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team is off to a sensational start to the 2010 campaign with a perfect 7-0 record, that includes winning 21 of its 22 sets played. The Eagles are off to their best start since the 2003 campaign. To further demonstrated how dominate a start to the year it has been, the Eagles have nearly double its opposition in kills (31 to 188), hitting percentage (.238 to .076) and points (419.5 to 258.0). 2009 IS ONLY A MEMORY: With the victory over Iona, the Green and White surpassed its entire 2009 win total. YOUTH MOVEMENT: Head Coach Kim Berrington has relied heavily on underclassmen, with freshmen and sophomores accounting for 72.5 percent of the squad's kills, 69.9 percent of its blocks and 69.7 percent of its points.

-- The Huskies improved to 8-0 with four more wins during the week, marking the best start in program history, and claiming their second invitational crown in as many weekends by taking first place at the UIC Invitational ... In the 27 sets so far, 24 have gone in favor of NIU, including the last 13 and all nine in the UIC Invitational ... Over the first two weeks of the 2010 campaign, the Huskies have been better than every opponent in kills (397-270), hitting percentage (.320-.166), digs (390-309), and aces (70-17) ... Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski took home MVP of the tournament as she led the team with 75 points (6.25/set), 61 kills (5.08/set), and 11 aces (0.92/set), while ranking second on the team with 31 digs (2.58/set) ... Senior libero Maddie Hughes also made the all-tournament team as she registered a team-high 43 digs (3.58/set).

-- Freshman MB Dakota Harkins has started off her collegiate career in fine fashion. She is leading the Rockets with a .358 attack percentage and is also averaging 2.06 kills, 0.75 blocks and 0.50 service aces per set. Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt tallied a season-high 22 kills in UT's 3-1 win over Furman and notched a career-high .519 attack percentage with 14 kills in a 3-0 loss to the host Crimson Tide. Toledo is averaging 2.14 blocks per set as a team which is more than half a block per game than it averaged last season.

-- Since losing its second match of the season to nationally-ranked Ohio State, Western Michigan hasn't dropped a set in winning each of its last five matches, including the 2010 IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational. The tournament victory was the 10th tournament championship for WMU in head coach Colleen Munson's six seasons as head coach. Junior setter Sam Viox was named MVP of the Hampton Inn Invitational, while freshman libero Lena Oliver and freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen joined her on the squad. Senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle set a new career high with a .684 (14-1-19) attack percentage against IUPUI, including kills on her first nine attacks. She finished the week with 3.08 kills per set, 4.83 digs per set and .440 attack percentage.

East Division Team Notebooks
-- The Zips went 1-2 over the weekend at the Jayhawk Classic. Falling in tough three set losses to Kansas and Arkansas, Akron picked up a nice three set victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga. In the win, sophomore Morgan Kuhn tied the school record serving eight aces over the net. Akron will continue tournament action this weekend but will return home to host the Akron Invitational which will welcome Appalachian State, Indiana State and St. Francis (Pa.) to James A. Rhodes Arena.

-- Bowling Green went 0-3 at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida ... Two of the Falcons' three opponents are ranked in the top 15 in the country in No. 6 Florida and No. 15 Colorado State ... Freshmen Paige Penrod, Laura Avila and Ashley Dunn all had their first double-doubles of their careers against Albany ... Penrod had 11 kills and 10 digs, while Avila posted 20 assists and 13 digs and Dunn had 12 assists and 15 digs.

-- The Bulls are 6-1 through their first seven matches, their best seven-match record to start a season since 1990. Senior Kayla Govier was named Most Valuable Player of the UB Invitational as she finished the weekend with 33 kills and five total blocks. Also finishing on the All-Tournament team for UB was senior Marisa Hornbaker and freshman Kelly Svoboda.

-- Kent State looks to end its three-match losing skid against Morgan State, George Washington and the host Vikings this weekend (Sept. 10-11) in the Cleveland State Tournament.

-- It was a challenging week for Miami as they faced #16 Kentucky, and Ohio State team that is one spot away from being ranked and a very good Big East squad in South Florida. Despite that, the RedHawks did not back down as they took the Wildcats to 27-29 in the second set, stayed very competitive with the Buckeyes and took the first set from the Bulls. The team has made defense a priority in 2010 so far. Already seven players have recorded 20 or more digs after six matches. Lisa Treadway is the leader with 63 digs for an average of 3.15 per set.

-- The Bobcats won the JQH Invitational with 3-1 wins over Texas A&M and host Missouri State, two teams receiving votes in the national polls ... Sue Jacobi and Katie Post each averaged over 15 points per match during the three-day event ... The team currently sits at 5-2 heading into this weekend when they host the Baymont Inn & Suites Invitational which will feature three BCS-conference programs (No. 14 Tennessee, Northwestern and Pittsburgh).