Tuesday's Volleyball Results

Updated 9/8/2010
Tuesday's Volleyball Results
Ball State 3, IUPUI 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Oakland 0
Syracuse 3, Buffalo 0

Ball State 3, IUPUI 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team improved to 7-0 with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-11) sweep of IUPUI (1-8) Tuesday evening at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals' seven-match winning streak to open the year is the second-longest in program history, trailing only the 10-match streak in 1973.

"It was a tough battle tonight," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "I thought IUPUI came in ready to play. While they only have one win to their credit, they look like a team with a more victories. They really made us fight from behind those first two sets and challenged us. Fortunately, we were able to rise to the challenge in win those two sets. I thought we came out a lot sharper in set three."

In the win, freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) turned in another solid all-around performance, racking up a match-best 13 kills to go along with nine digs and a career-best four service aces.

Also turning in double-digit kills for the Cardinals was junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.), who blasted 10 markers while posting a .529 (10-1-17) attack percentage. She also collected four block assists, four digs and a pair of aces.

In all, eight different Cardinals scored at least one kill in the contest, as junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) led the team to a .289 (46-13-114) hitting mark. She also finished the match with eight digs, five kills and an ace.

In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) added a match-high 19 digs, as the Cardinals tallied a 56-48 advantage in digs. Freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) added seven digs and two aces, helping BSU to a 9-3 lead from the servce line.

Dana Gardner and Lindsey Weber paced the Jaguars with eight kills each, while Shari Bernhardt added a team-best 13 digs. Ball State continued its defensive dominance, limiting the IUPUI attack to a .112 (30-17-116) rate of success for the match.

The visitors from Indianapolis jumped out to an early 8-3 lead in the opening set, only to have the Cardinals battle back and tie the frame at 11 on a kill from McGinnis. A Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) kill on the next rally gave BSU its first lead of the set at 12-11. After IUPUI regained a slim 14-13 edge, two kills from Brandl surrounding a Fredrich service ace sparked a 4-0 BSU rally, pushing the score to 17-14.

Ball State controlled the scoreboard from there, as a kill from freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) gave the Cardinals set-point at 24-19. Junior defensive specialist Kaylee Schembra (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.) followed with her first kill of the season to give BSU the 25-19 opening-set victory.

IUPUI jumped out to another early lead in the second game, as a Brittany Anglemyer kill gave the visitors a 6-1 advantage. Ball State answered the charge again, tying the game at 11 for the second consecutive time thanks to a Brandl smash. From there, the teams battled to a 20-20 stalemate before a Brandl ace and Philips kill helped give BSU a 23-20 edge.

A kill from junior middle blocker Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.) gave the Cardinals set-point at 24-21, while a Baker kill ended the set at 25-22.

The Cardinals took control early in the third game, quickly establishing a 7-3 advantage. BSU took its first 10-point lead at 17-7, before winning the game at 25-11 on junior middle blocker Alexis Shonkwiler's (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook H.S.) first kill of the season.

The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action Saturday, when it travels to Wright State for a 4 p.m. first serve versus the Raiders. Ball State fans not able to attend the match can follow the action with live stats or live video courtesy of the Raiders.

Eastern Michigan 3, Oakland 0
ROCHESTER, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team improved to 8-0 on the year with a three-set sweep over Oakland University in non-conference action Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Athletics Center O'Rena.

The Eagles' eight match winning streak to start the 2010 season is the second-best start in school history. The program's best start came in 1990 when the then-Hurons started on a school-record 20-match winning streak. Three teams, the 1993, 2002 and 2003 squads, started 7-1.

The EMU offense, which hit a solid .310 for the match, saw sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) post a near double-double with 17 kills and seven digs. Classmate Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) chipped in 10 kills of her own, with junior Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) adding 35 assists, eight digs and two kills.

For Oakland, Meghan Bray had 11 kills and five digs, with Allison Bell recording seven kills. Setter Ashley Nevelle had 17 assists on the night as the Golden Grizzlies played 16 players.

EMU set the tone for the night in the first set, quickly racing out to an 11-6 advantage on a kill by Iaquaniello. Following an OU timeout, the margin grew to eight, 21-13, off an attack error by Jenna Lange. Eastern would seal the 25-16 victory with a marker by freshman Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville).

The second set was a back-and-fourth battle that was deadlocked at 7-7 until a quick 4-0 spurt by EMU forced OU to burn a timeout. With the momentum clearly in its favor, the Green and White would never look back en route to the 25-16 decision.

Eastern roared out to the six point edge at 10-4, in the finale, however this time Oakland would chip away to pull within a pair, 17-15, on a Mason ball handling error. Head Coach Kim Berrington called a timeout to calm her team, who was playing its fourth match in five days.

The talk had some impact with the margin soaring back up to four, 21-17, making Oakland use its final timeout. Seven plays later a service ace by Iaquaniello sent everyone home with EMU posting the 25-20 win.

Eastern Michigan now heads north to the Spartan Invitational, Sept. 10-11, in East Lansing, Mich. The Eagles will square off against Eastern Illinois University, Clemson University and Michigan State University. All matches as MSU will take place at Jenison Field House.

Syracuse 3, Buffalo 0
SYRACUSE, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team had its five-match winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as UB fell at Syracuse, 3-0, at the Women's Building. The loss drops UB's record to 6-2 on the season.

Down 24-16 in the first set the Bulls were able to tie it up on the serving of freshman Dani Reinert. Reinert had three aces during the run to pull the Bulls even at 24. However, Syracuse would regain the edge with two straight points to take the opening set, 26-24. The second set was close as well with the Bulls hanging in, however the Orange were again able to hold on for the win in the set, taking it 25-21.

Down 11-7 in the third it was Reinert again who pulled the Bulls even, registering her fourth ace of the match and pulling the Bulls even at 11-11 and forcing Syracuse to use its first timeout of the third set. The Bulls continued to lead in the third 16-15 when Syracuse went on a 4-1 run to go up 19-17. UB pulled to within 20-19 before the Orange ended the match on a 5-2 run.

UB hit just .155 for the match, opposed to Syracuse, who hit at a .240 clip. Freshman Dana Musil led the way with 11 kills, while senior Kayla Govier added eight kills. Kristin Bignell had seven, while freshman Christine Fritsche added six kills for UB.

Reinert finished with a career-high four service aces and a team-best 14 assists. Freshman Kelly Svoboda had a team-high 10 digs.

The Bulls return to action this weekend when they host the Blue and White Classic. UB hosts Binghamton on Friday night and hosts Hampton on Saturday morning, while finishing with St. John's Saturday night.