Friday's MAC Volleyball Results
Central Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
Toledo 3, Kent State 0
Western Michigan 3, Buffalo 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Miami 1
Ball State 3, Ohio 2
Central Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
MOUNT PLEASANT -- The offense came alive to help the Central Michigan volleyball team pick up its first home win of 2010 with a sweep of Bowling Green (25-12, 25-22, 25-21) at Finch Fieldhouse in Mid-American Conference action on Friday.
The Chippewas (8-11, 2-5 MAC) hit .302, led by sophomore Lindsey Dulude (nine kills, three aces, .571), and held the Falcons (6-15, 1-6 MAC) in check at .146.
A 10-4 CMU run to start the first frame set the tone for the match, holding BGSU to a -.040 mark offensively through one set. Four aces and two blocks also aided the cause.
Diversity on offense allowed the Chippewas to take a 2-0 lead, with Dulude, Kaitlyn Schultz, Lauren Krupsky and Val DeWeerd each registering three kills.
In the third, the Falcons fell behind by a 5-1 mark before rallying to take just their second lead of the match at 12-11. BGSU extended its lead to 15-11 before the Chippewas reeled off three straight to get back within a point at 15-14.
The Chippewas erased the deficit on an ace by Krupsky for an 18-17 edge and never looked back. CMU finished with 11 aces in the contest. Krupsky, Dulude and Lindsey Detweiler had three aces each.
Krupsky finished with a match-high 10 kills and a team-best four blocks, while senior libero Lisa Johnson had a team-high 10 digs.
Lindsey Butterfield paced the Falcons with 10 kills and libero Ashley Dunn had a match-best 15 digs.
The Maroon and Gold return to action on Saturday against Miami in Finch Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.
Toledo 3, Kent State 0
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo dominated Kent State on both sides of the net as the Rockets rolled to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-17) sweep over the Golden Flashes on Friday evening in Savage Arena. The victory continued UT's recent success against KSU as it was the Midnight Blue and Gold's third win in a row in the series between the two schools.
Sophomore OH Sondra Parys topped the Rockets for a second-straight match with 15 kills and a .344 attack percentage. Parys led the way for an efficient UT attack as Toledo posted a .292 hitting mark and limited KSU to a miniscule .063 ATK%.
Sophomore MB Bailey Blank (six kills, .667 ATK%), junior RSH Cassie Kleespies (six kills, .556 ATK%) and freshman MB Becca Reidy (nine kills, .300 ATK%) also enjoyed strong offensive outings for the Rockets.
Toledo held a 44-32 advantage in the dig department with junior S Kassie Kadera leading the way with 10 digs and was one of four Rockets with eight or more digs.
Junior OH Liva Brivule led Kent State with 11 kills but also was forced to commit 12 attack errors en route to a -.026 attack percentage.
Toledo jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back. The Golden Flashes climbed to within 9-7, but UT quickly responded with a 6-2 spurt to force KSU to call timeout. Parys dominated the set with eight kills and a .500 attack mark as the Rockets held a .412-.219 advantage in the hitting department.
The second set was a nip-and-tuck affair early on as neither team enjoyed more than a two-point lead until a Parys kill put the Rockets up 11-8. Following a KSU timeout, Toledo extended its cushion further to 14-9 before the visitors rallied to within 14-12. That was as close as the Golden Flashes would come though as UT finished off the set with a 7-2 run.
UT fell behind 5-3 early in the third set but wouldn't let Kent State get any farther ahead. The Rockets broke it open with a 5-0 spurt late in the set to take a 21-14 advantage. Freshman OH Lauren Rafdal and Reidy topped UT offensively in the set with three kills apiece.
Toledo is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 16 when it battles defending MAC champion Ohio at 3:00 p.m. in Savage Arena.
Western Michigan 3, Buffalo 0
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan volleyball team used a balanced, efficient offensive effort to defeat Buffalo, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16), in 67 minutes in front of 1,501 at University Arena on Friday night.
The Broncos (14-6, 5-2 MAC) were led by freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard with nine kills on a career-high .381 attack percentage, career-high four aces and five digs. Freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen added seven kills on a career-high .500 attack percentage with three digs and three blocks, while senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle hit .389 with seven kills, 10 digs, three assists and three blocks. Doyle moved into a tie for ninth all-time at WMU with 321 total blocks.
The middle blocker combination of sophomore Jessica Brown and junior Ashley Turnage had four blocks and three blocks, while freshman libero Lena Oliver led all players with 20 digs to hold the Bulls (14-9, 2-5 MAC) to a .103 attack percentage.
Junior setter Sam Viox dished 28 assists with seven digs and two kills as the Broncos hit .292 with a team and finished with 38 kills.
Buffalo was led by middle blocker Kayla Govier with eight kills and hit .389, while libero Heather Pyle contributed 16 digs. Freshman setter Dani Reinert came off the bench with 19 assists in the final two sets. Middle blocker Abby Niekamp ranked third in the MAC with a .346 attack percentage entering the match, but was held to .188 attacking against WMU. Buffalo's other top-10 attacker, Kristen Bignell, was held to .087 attacking.
"Overall, our team played very well against an athletic Buffalo team," head coach Colleen Munson said. "The respect that our middles have developed in our system helped our outsides gain one-on-one situations and they took advantage. Defensively, we lined up well with their attackers and either blocked or touched a lot of balls and what we didn't touch we were able to pick up in the back row."
An ace by Richard put gave the Broncos their largest lead, 12-9, at the beginning of the first set. The Bulls stayed within two, 16-14, when the Broncos scored four in a row on a kill by Richard, Gossen kill, Richard ace and Buffalo ball-handling error to increase the lead, 20-14. Buffalo scored the next point, but then WMU ended the set with five in a row, including Turnage's kill on set point, 25-15.
WMU hit .367 with 14 kills, led by Richard and Gossen with four each, while limiting Buffalo to .150 attacking with 12 kills. Viox accounted for assists on 13 of WMU's kills in the set.
WMU used a 4-1 run to increase a one-point lead to three, 9-6, after consecutive blocks by Gossen/Turnage and Turnage/Doyle. Buffalo called time and responded to take the lead, 13-12, after an error by WMU. Buffalo missed on the next point to tie the score and then Richard had an ace and kill to put WMU back in front, 15-13. The Bulls closed within one, 16-15, but WMU pushed the lead to four, 20-16, with back-to-back Doyle terminations. The Bulls didn't have another run and Richard's kill ended the set, 25-18.
WMU added 13 more kills in the second set with a .281 attack percentage, while Buffalo hit .147 with 12 kills. Doyle had five kills in the set and hit .556.
Western Michigan didn't let up after the 10-minute intermission by scoring the first five points of the set and leading 8-1 before Buffalo called timeout. The Bulls couldn't mount a rally in the set and WMU put the match away with Brown's kill on the right side, 25-16.
The Broncos limited Buffalo to .023 attacking in the set with 10 kills and nine errors. Offensively, WMU hit .235 with 11 kills, led by Turnage with four kills.
Eastern Michigan 3, Miami 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University women's volleyball team continued its success this season by winning another Mid-American Conference match, beating cross-divisional foe Miami University, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18), here at the Convocation Center Friday, Oct. 15.
With the win, the Eagles push to 18-6 (4-2 MAC) while the RedHawks fall to 7-13 (2-4 MAC). It was the first time since the 2005 season that the Eagles beat Miami, and the win also marks the biggest single-season turnaround in the program's history.
The Eagles took the first set 25-19 with two kills by sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) late in the set cemented the victory. Iaquaniello led the set with six kills, posting a .500 attack percentage (6-12), while Colleen Loftus and Michele Metzler paced Miami with four kills apiece.
Errors plagued the Eagles in the second set as they recorded six to Miami's unblemished tally, leaving the RedHawks victorious (23-25).
The Green and White controlled the third set, never trailing and walking away with a 25-20 set victory. Freshman Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville) led the Eagles by capitalizing on five-of-eight attempts (.625). Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) was a perfect three-for-three in attacks as she went on to tally eight kills. Loftus and Metzler again led the RedHawks along with Jenn Caylor each recording four kills.
In the fourth set, the Eagles proved too much for the RedHawks by putting them away, 25-18, to close out the match. EMU recorded a .275 attack percentage (14-40), while the RedHawks were only able to capitalize on 10 of their 45 attempts (.089). Iaquaniello tallied two service aces and two digs. Freshman Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) led the defense notching nine digs, while reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week, Haley Stein, recorded seven. Iaquaniello finished the match with 15 kills and seven digs. Short tallied 13 kills, four assists and three digs.
The Eagles hit the court again Saturday, Oct. 16, to take on the Falcons of Bowling Green State University at the annual Dig Pink match where the team will be sporting pink uniforms to raise money for breast cancer awareness. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Ball State 3, Ohio 2
Muncie, Ind.- The Ball State women's volleyball team used a complete team effort to post a thrilling 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9) victory over defending Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament champions Ohio Friday evening at Worthen Arena.
With the win, the Cardinals snap an 11-match losing streak to the Bobcats and improve to 15-4 (5-2 MAC) this season, including a 7-0 mark in Worthen Arena. Ohio drops to 12-8 (4-3 MAC) with the loss.
"It was nice for our juniors and seniors to take advantage of what could be their final opportunity to beat Ohio on their home floor," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "The team came out and turned in a great effort tonight. They were very determined to beat a team which had dominated our program for the last few years. This was a hard-earned, hard-fought victory against a really strong Ohio squad."
In the victory, freshman outside attackers Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) and Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) each blasted a team-high 15 kills, while junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) added 14.
Brandl would go on to lead BSU's main attackers with a .385 (14-4-26) hitting mark, while Heeres finished the night with a .235 (15-7-34) rate of success.
Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) led the Cardinals to a solid .224 (66-29-165) mark on offense, coming up with a match-best 54 assists to go along with 15 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. She also blasted five kills.
Senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) paced all players with a match-high 18 digs, as Ball State held a 62 to 48 advantage in the back row. Senior outside attacker Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) added 11 digs.
Defensively, the Cardinals limited the Bobcats to a .182 (53-25-154) rate of success on offence, despite being out-blocked 17.5 to six as a team. BSU's strong serving helped overcome the OU block, as Ball State committed just four serving errors compared to 12 for Ohio.
Freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) paced all players with three aces in the contest.
Ohio's Sue Jacobi collected a match-high 20 kills in the contest, while Mandy Nichols added 12. Yorktown High School graduate Meryl Bender led the Bobcats with 15 digs, while Katie Post added a match-high 11 total blocks.
The opening set saw the Bobcats post the first two points before a pair of kills from Heeres sparked a 4-2 run from the Cardinals. Ohio answered with a kill from Jacobi, only to see two more points from BSU on kills from Brandl and Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.), push the score to 6-3.
The Bobcats would get no closer than two points the rest of the set, as a 9-5 BSU run extended the Cardinals lead to 15-8. Ball State claimed its first 10-point lead at the 21-11 mark thanks to a kill from Baker, before winning the frame 25-14 on Brandl's fifth kill of the set.
While the visiting Bobcats built an early 10-6 advantage in the second fame, the Cardinals battled back with five of the next six points to knot the score at 11. Ball State took its first lead of the set moments later, as a Fredrich service ace pushed the score to 15-14.
From there, the teams battled to a 22-22 stalemate, with neither squad leading by more than two points. Unfortunately, it was all Ohio down the stretch, as three straight kills from Jacobi helped the Bobcats win the set 25-22.
The third set opened with the teams playing to a 3-3 tie before a Baker kill and a Brandl ace shifted the momentum to BSU's side of the court. With the Cardinals holding a 9-6 lead, kills from McGinnis and Heeres forced OU to call its first timeout at 11-6.
Ohio rallied back within three, at 12-9, before a 4-0 run from the Cardinals, started by a Boyd kill and ending with a Brandl solo block, led to the Bobcats second timeout at 16-9. Ohio responded with a 5-1 run, including a kill and ace from Michelle Jantsch, forcing Ball State to use its first break of the frame at 17-14.
The Cardinals scored the next two points, only to see Ohio claw within one at 19-18. However, a kill from Baker, a solo block from Mindy Marx (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) and a Bobcats attack error pushed the score to 22-18. A Heeres blast through the block gave the Cardinals set-point at 24-20, while a Brandl kill ended the set at 25-21.
Ohio capitalized on several early attack errors from the Cardinals to pull out to an 8-2 edge in the fourth set. Ball State followed with a 4-0 run of its own, thanks in part to kills from Marx, Boyd and Sullivan, to battle within two at 8-6.
Several rallies later, a solo block and sneak attack from McGinnis cut the OU advantage to one at 11-10. The Bobcats roared back to life, scoring five of the next six points to force Ball State's second timeout of the frame at 16-11. Trailing 19-15, the Cardinals benefited from a Brandl kill and three Ohio attack errors to cut the lead to one at 20-19.
After a Bobcats' timeout, a Baker kill off the block tied the score at 20. Unfortunately, the Cardinals ran out of gas in the set, as Ohio scored five of the final six points, winning the game 25-21 on a Post solo block.
While Ohio scored two of the first three points in the fifth frame, three straight errors followed by a Brandl overpass kill forced the guests to call their first timeout trailing 5-2. Ball State continued to hold the three-point lead at the court switch after a Boyd kill and an Ohio error.
The Cardinals extended their lead to four points moments later, as a Baker kill and an Ohio attack error moved the score to 10-6. Back-to-back kills from Marx after the break pushed the lead to six at 12-6. After a kill from Ohio's Post, Marx's third kill in four rallies moved the score to 13-7.
A Heeres kill on the next rally gave BSU match-point at 14-7, while three rallies later, another kill from Heeres ended the set at 15-9 and the match at 3-2.
The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action Saturday evening, with a 7 p.m. first serve versus Kent State at Worthen Arena.