Saturday's Volleyball Results

Updated 9/11/2010

Saturday's Volleyball Results
Clemson 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Miami 3, Youngstown State 0
Akron 3, St. Francis 0
Northern Illinois 3, Stetson 0
Wright State 3, Ball State 1
George Washington 3, Kent State 0
UW-Milwaukee 3, Toledo 0
No. 20 Dayton 3, Western Michigan 0
Northwestern 3, Ohio 1
No. 22 Michigan 3, Miami 0
Wisconsin 3, Toledo 0
Buffalo 3, Hampton 0
Buffalo 3, St. John's 1
Cleveland State 3, Kent State 1
IPFW 3, Bowling Green 0
Oakland 3, Bowling Green 0

Clemson 3, Eastern Michigan 1
EAST LANSING, Mich. ( - Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs, but it was not enough as the Eastern Michigan University volleyball team fell to Clemson University, 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 16-25, 14-25), Saturday morning, Sept. 11, at the Spartan Invitational. The setback snapped the Eagles' nine match winning streak, as the Tigers improve to 7-1 on the young season.

Coming into the day the EMU was hitting a stellar .249 clip, but the athletic Clemson squad limited Eastern to a season-low .088 (49-35-159). Iaquaniello was the only Eagle to reach double figures in kills, sophomore Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) finished with nine put-a-ways with Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville), Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) each posting six kills.

Sandra Adeleye finished with 11 kills and Natalie Patzin has 10 as the Tigers dominated the net with 18 blocks on the day.

Eastern looks to rebound later this afternoon against instate rival Michigan State University. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Jenison Field House.

Miami 3, Youngstown State 0
ANN ARBOR - The RedHawk volleyball team continued its strong play the Michigan/adidas Invitational with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-15) win over Youngstown State Saturday morning. Miami improves to 4-5 overall after its third straight victory. The Penguins fall to 1-8.

Madison Dodd and Amy Raseman kept Miami in set one early with multiple kills apiece. Tied at 13, the Penguins scored the next two points to take the lead. Kills from Dodd, Madison Hardy and Kayleigh Cox helped the RedHawks retie the score at 17. From there, Miami forced Youngstown into several attack errors as it went on an 8-4 run to win the set, 25-21.

A kill from Hardy and two service aces from Jackie Lang helped the RedHawks open a 7-1 advantage to start set two. Raseman took over with four kills as Miami expanded the lead to 16-8. With the RedHawks in front, 19-12, two kills from Michele Metzler and a service ace from Michelle Mangia pushed Miami to set point at 24-15. After a service error by the RedHawks, Mangia put down a kill to give Miami the 25-16 win.

Tied at five, the RedHawks took control with a 9-1 run to take a 15-6 lead. During the stretch, Dodd recorded two kills and teamed with Metzler to put down two blocks. Dodd and Metzler continued the attack with a couple of kills as Miami eventually expanded the advantage to 21-9. That proved to be enough as the RedHawks closed out the match with a 25-15 victory.

Raseman and Dodd led the RedHawk attack with 10 kills apiece. Amy Kendall had a strong match as the setter, dishing out 33 assists. Lisa Treadway led Miami with 10 digs. Miami hit .379 for the match and held Youngstown State to a .110 hitting percentage.

Miami will play for the championship of the Michigan/adidas Invitational later Saturday when it takes on 22nd-ranked Michigan at 7:30 p.m.

Akron 3, St. Francis 0
Akron, Ohio - The University of Akron volleyball team wrapped up the second annual Akron Invitational on Saturday afternoon taking St. Francis (Pa.) in three sets at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Limiting SFU to a .089 hitting percentage, Akron posted a .353 mark which was led by freshman Alex Cocklin who accumulated ten kills and grabbed three block assists. Also remaining consistent on the defensive side of the ball, Cocklin had seven digs.

Sophomore setter Morgan Kuhn was the defensive star posting a team-high 11 digs to go along with 28 assists, two service aces, one solo block, one block assist and one kill. Stellar all weekend, Kuhn was also UA's representative on the all-tournament squad.

Wearing the Red Flash down throughout the match, SFU hung tough in the first set refusing to let UA gain a significant lead. Tied at 20, SFU took a 21-20 advantage off a Red Flash kill. A kill by junior Courtney Jarvis would tie it back up at 21 and UA would force two SFU errors to go up 23-21, which prompted a St. Francis timeout. A kill out of the break would put the Red Flash within one but another Jarvis kill and SFU attack error gave UA the 25-22 set win.

In the second set, key serving pushed UA ahead to grab the 25-19 set win. Up by one at 20-19, a bad set from SFU gave Akron back the serve that was given to Kuhn. Two service aces and a Cocklin kill would put UA within one of game point and SFU error would give UA the victory.

Akron broke down St. Francis (Pa.) in the final set going on a 10-0 run in the first half. Tied at two, ten consecutive Zips serves, all served by sophomore Chelsea Harvey, pushed UA out to a 12-2 advantage. Up 21-10, the final Red Flash point of the day came off a UA error in the eventual 25-12 Akron win.

Battling a abdominal injury, junior Tina Dimitrijevs provided a spark in the third set posting four kills, one dig, one block assist and one solo block in her first set of the day.

Akron will travel to its final tournament before conference season begins next weekend (Sept. 17-18) participating in the Colgate Invitational. The Zips will face host Colgate, Cornell and Connecticut in the event.

Northern Illinois 3, Stetson 0
ELON, N.C. - NIU Invitational -- Check. UIC Invitational -- Check. Now add the Elon Classic to the Northern Illinois volleyball team's list of first place finishes in 2010. Resuming the program's most outstanding start to a season, the Huskies swept Stetson, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17, on Saturday afternoon to advance to 11-0 and claim their third invitational title in as many weekends.

"It's been great," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden of his team's hot start and 6-0 road trip. "It's nice for us to come to a different par t of the country and do some positive things."

For the 11th time this year, the Huskies held advantages over their opponent in hitting percentage (.250-.147), kills (49-28), and digs (51-36). NIU also topped the Hatters (1-9) in aces (8-1) and blocks (4-2).

In the only close set of the match, the Huskies held multiple-point leads six times in the first set. However, Stetson fought back throughout the contest to knot the score five times. But with the score tied at 19-19, NIU finally put away the Hatters. Three consecutive kills by sophomore middle blocker Mary Kurisch (LaCrosse, Wis./West Salem) forced Stetson to take a timeout, but Kurisch continued her dominance with yet another kill to give the Huskies a 23-19 lead that would not be overcome.

"After a while, we played our style of volleyball," Gooden said. "Stetson frustrated us early in the match. Then, we started to relax a bit and played some really good volleyball at the end."

NIU opened a 12-8 lead in the second set after a kill by sophomore outside Hitter Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), causing the Hatters to take a timeout, which helped them close the gap to 16-14. Following an NIU pause in play, freshman middle blocker Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) sparked and ended a 9-4 run with kills to help the Huskies take the set.

In the third stanza, the Huskies trailed early, 4-1, but quickly found their rhythm. A kill from freshman outside hitter Tori Halbur (Omaha, Neb./Millard West) and consecutive aces by sophomore defensive specialist Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) fueled an 11-4 spurt that gave NIU a 12-8 lead, forcing a Hatter timeout. The break didn't do much good, though, as sophomore middle blocker Sam Grams (Forest Park, Ill./Fenwick) aced the Hatters a few moment later to extend the lead to six, 20-14, and Stetson took another timeout to no avail.

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) led the Huskies with 13 kills, 12 digs, and an ace for her fifth double-double. For her weekend performance, Wicinski earned her third consecutive all-tournament selection as she totaled team-highs of 44 points (4.40/set) and 38 kills (3.80/set), along with 22 digs (2.20/set) and five aces (0.50/set).

Joining Wicinski on the all-tournament team for the second occasion this season was Kurisch, who tallied eight kills and a .467 hitting percentage with two blocks and an ace against Stetson. Her totals for the tournament include 26.5 points (2.65.set), 18 kills (1.80/set), a team-high seven blocks (0.70/set), and five aces (0.50/set).

The reason Wicinski and Kurisch were able to have successful weekends was due large in part to tournament MVP Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia). The junior setter notched 32 assists, seven digs, and an ace in the final match of the Elon Classic. Under Hoffman's guidance, the NIU offense held significant edges in kills (136-101) and hitting percentage (.235-.146). For the tournament, Hoffman totaled 94 assists (9.40/set), 19 digs (1.90/set), 11 points (1.10/set), six kills (0.60/set), four blocks (0.40/set), and three aces (0.30/set).

"Our whole team did a solid job," Gooden said. "Mary did a good job in the middle. Lauren led our team in points and did a good job of serving. Kristin was the one running the offense -- she ran a really good offense over the weekend."

Romo also reached double figures in kills against the Hatters with 11 on 22 swings for a .455 hitting percentage, adding two blocks to boot.

Senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) led the defense with 14 digs.

Next up for the Huskies is a season-long, seven-match home stand. The stretch at Victor E. Court begins Tuesday, September 14, with a contest against Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Wright State 3, Ball State 1
DAYTON, Ohio - - The Ball State (7-1) women's volleyball team saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20) setback at Wright State's (4-6) C.J. McLin Gymnasium.

Freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres ( Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) paced the Ball State attack with 16 kills while hitting for a team-best .300 (16-4-40) rate of success.

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S) added 13 kills, while leading the Cardinals with four total blocks (one solo and three assists).

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) added her second double-double of the season with 41 assists and 14 digs, while smashing seven kills and adding three block assists.

In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) paced all players with 28 digs, while Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) added 10.

The Raiders limited the Cardinals to a season-low .180 (60-27-183) attack percentage in the contest, while hitting for a .233 (55-18-159) rate of success on offense.

Heidi Splinter paced three Raiders in double-figure kills with a match-best 17. Shaunda Sandifer added 14 markers, while Jessica Woods tallied 10. Woods also led Wright State with 26 digs.

A pair of kills from Heeres helped Ball State pull out to a 3-1 lead in the opening frame. The Raiders answered with a 3-1 run of their own, tying the set at four. WSU continued to carry the momentum from there, as two kills from Sandifer helped give the hosts an 11-6 advantage.

Ball State would cut the gap to three, at 13-10, thanks in part to another Heeres kill and a block from McGinnis and Brandl. Unfortunately, the Raiders would score 12 of the final 18 points to win the frame 25-16, handing BSU its first set loss of the season.

The second set was a back-and-fourth battle early, as the teams played to an 8-8 stalemate. A Brandl kill surrounded by a pair of WSU attack errors, helped the Cardinals pull ahead by three at 11-8. BSU extended its lead to four points, at 15-11, on a solo block from Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.), only to have the hosts rally back and tie the score at 17.

Wright State would capitalize on a pair of BSU errors, claiming a brief 19-17 edge. However, a kill from Baker and back-to-back WSU errors helped BSU recapture the lead at 20-19. After a Wright State timeout, Heeres gave the Cardinals a 21-19 edge with another kill.

While the Raiders tied the score over the next two plays, a McGinnis setter dump and a service ace from Rio moved the score to 23-21. A WSU service error gave BSU set point, at 24-22, while an overpass kill from Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley) ended the game at 25-23 in favor of the Cardinals.

Three kills from Splinter and two from Sandifer helped Wright State charge out to a 9-4 lead in the third game. Led by three kills from Heeres, the Cardinals battled back to tie the score at 11, only to have WSU answer with the next three points.

With the Cardinals trailing 14-11, three kills from Boyd helped BSU rally back and tie the score at 16. From there, the teams battled to a 23-23 tie before a kill and ace from Splinter ended the game at 25-23 in favor of the hosts.

Kills from Heeres and Boyd gave BSU the first two points of the fourth set, but WSU rattled off the next six points forcing an early timeout from the guests. With the Cardinals trailing 12-6, three kills from McGinnis, as well as a kill and solo block from Heeres, helped BSU battle back within two at 13-11.

Unfortunately, four straight Raider points extended the lead back to six at 17-11. Ball State was able to battle back within two at 20-18 after a Baker kill, but Wright State scored five of the final seven points to win the frame 25-20. Splinter combined with former Ball State player Ashley Heyman for the match-winning block assist.

The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action Tuesday, when it travels up I-69 for a 7 p.m. showdown with IPFW.

George Washington 3, Kent State 0
CLEVELAND -- The Kent State volleyball team fell to George Washington, 3-0 (14-25, 22-25,12-25), in its second match of the Cleveland State Invitational Presented by the Crowne Plaza Cleveland South today (Sept. 11) at Woodling Gym.

Sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) posted 11 kills to lead the Golden Flashes (5-5). Senior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) recorded a team-high 10 digs and added nine kills. Senior Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) contributed 16 set assists.

The Flashes were unable to overcome a slow start to the first set as the Colonials ran out to a 7-2 lead. Brivule and Paskert posted two kills apiece as Kent State closed the gap to four points and forced GW to take a timeout. That's as close as KSU got, though, as GW finished the match on a 13-6 run.

Kent State showed grit in the second set as the two squads traded punches throughout. The Colonials used a 7-2 run to go ahead 20-15, but KSU stormed back to make it a 20-18 contest thanks to three kills in a row by junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.), Sabo and Brivule. Kills by Jones and Brivule and two errors by GW pulled the Flashes within one at 22-21. Two Kent State errors and a kill by the Colonials ended the set, though, and put KSU in a 2-0 hole.

The Golden Flashes got the third set underway with a 5-1 advantage as Jones tallied two straight service aces and Brivule chipped in two kills. George Washington answered by tying the set at five-all and never trailed again.

Kent State closes out the Cleveland State Invitational when it takes on the host Vikings at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to for a complete recap.

UW-Milwaukee 3, Toledo 0
MILWAUKEE, WI - Toledo (5-3) suffered a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) setback at UW-Milwaukee (3-6) in its first match of the day on Saturday. The match was held at the Klotsche Center as part of the Marquette/UW-Milwaukee Invitational.

The Rockets were limited to a season-low .099 attack percentage and were paced by freshman OH Lauren Rafdal's nine kills. Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt led UT defensively with 15 digs.

Freshman Rachel Neuberger tallied 12 kills topped the Panthers, which snapped a six-match losing streak.

The Panthers controlled the first set from start to finish. UWM scored six of the first eight points in the frame and pushed the lead out to 11-6. Toledo was able to climb with 19-16 on a kill from sophomore MB Bethany Irwin but couldn't come any closer.

The Rockets started strong in the second set, surging to an 8-4 advantage but the Panthers scored five in a row to claim a 9-8 advantage. The two teams traded the lead from there, with Milwaukee finally taking the lead for good at 18-17 on a kill by Neuberger. A 4-0 spurt by the Panthers put UT down 23-18 and the Rockets rallied with three straight points but get any closer the rest of the way.

Milwaukee wouldn't let UT capture any momentum in the third set. The Panthers took an early 9-5 lead and extended it to 13-7 on a Neuberger kill. Toledo pulled within three points three times after that, but UWM reclaimed complete control at 20-14.

The Rockets return to action this evening with a 6:30 p.m. contest vs. Wisconsin.

No. 20 Dayton 3, Western Michigan 0
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Freshman outside hitter Taylor Richard had a career-high eight kills as Western Michigan fell to No. 20 Dayton, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-16), at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in each team's final match of the Ameritas Players Challenge.

Richard played a full six rotations for the first time this season in the final two sets to account for her career high, while adding four digs for the Broncos (6-4). Freshman libero Lena Oliver led all players with 13 digs and junior setter Sam Viox added 23 assists, nine digs and two blocks. Junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage led the Broncos with three blocks, including one solo.

The Flyers (6-3) held the Broncos to .040 attacking with 28 kills and 24 errors. WMU limited Dayton to .188 hitting, but they had 39 kills. The Flyers also took control with their blocking (11.5 blocks) and serving (six aces), while WMU countered with five blocks and one ace. The Broncos also missed more serves (5-3).

Middle blocker Lindsey Fletemier led the Flyers with 15 kills, seven blocks and .583 attacking.

The Broncos trailed by one, 8-7, after a kill by freshman Ali Gossen until Dayton took control with an 11-2 run, 19-9, to put the Broncos away.

The Broncos hit .000 in the set with seven kills and seven errors, while the Flyers connected for 14 kills hitting .212.

A kill by senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle and block by sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown and Viox pulled WMU within one, 10-9, early in the second, but Dayton responded with four in a row to go up five, 14-9. The Broncos fell behind by six, 17-11, until scoring four in a row, 17-15, to force Dayton to call timeout. The Flyers went back up five, 20-15, but WMU had another run started by a block by junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage and Doyle and two Richard kills to pull within one, 20-19. Dayton called timeout and scored the next point, but WMU stayed within one on kills by Turnage, 21-20 and Doyle, 22-21. WMU wouldn't score again after Doyle's finish as UD took the second, 25-21.

The Broncos came back with 12 kills in the second set to match Dayton, but had two more errors, 9-7.

Western Michigan went back and forth with Dayton to start the third set, but the Flyers slowly began to pull away. Dayton built its lead to seven, 18-11, with four points in a row and WMU couldn't recover, 25-16.

The Broncos continued to struggle hitting .028 in the third set, while Dayton had 13 kills and two aces to put the set away.

Western Michigan plays its final pre-conference tournament of the season next weekend in South Orange, N.J., at the Seton Hall Invitational against the host Pirates, UMBC and Northeastern.

Northwestern 3, Ohio 1
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team dropped the final match of the 2010 Baymont Inn and Suites Invitational on Sunday afternoon to Northwestern, 3-1 (20-25, 16-25, 26-24, 16-25).

Katie Post was named to the all-tournament team after recording a career-high 15 kills and blocking four tries. Sue Jacobi earned a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs to go along with three blocks. Meryl Bender continued her strong play with a career-high 22 digs. Michelle Jantsch added a team-high 42 assists with Lexie Hartnett recording a team-high five blocks.

In the first set, Ohio out-blocked Northwestern and Post had five kills but the Wildcats picked up kills en route to the 1-0 lead. The set was tied 8-8 before NW grabbed seven of the next eight points to take a 15-9 lead. Ohio responded with eight of the following 11 points to get back within one at 18-17. Northwestern would score the next three points seven of the final 10 for the 25-20 win.

Ohio took the first three points in the second set but Northwestern then took 24 of the next 33 points to build their largest lead at 24-13. Jacobi had six kills in the set but it was not nearly enough as Ohio dropped it 25-16 and headed into the break trailing in the match, 2-0.

Out of the stoppage, the Green & White roared back in the match with a 26-24 win in set three. Jacobi had five kills and two blocks while Post slammed six kills and a block. Jantsch added 16 assists and as a team, Ohio recorded 17 kills and five blocks.

This time, Ohio snared the first four points before NW woke up and eventually tied things at 9-9. Hartnett, Post and a Northwestern attack error quickly gave Ohio the lead again at 12-9 before NW tied things once more at 16 all. The Wildcats led 18-16 before it was time for Ohio to counter. A kill by Hartnett and two blocks made it 19-18 Bobcats.

Northwestern took the lead at 24-23 and looked to close out the match but the 'Cats would not quit. A Jacobi kill tied the set and gave the Bobcats possession. A failed Northwestern attack and a joint block by Jantsch and Post closed things out in favor of Ohio.

Much like the previous two sets, Ohio took four of the next five points and lead 4-1 before Northwestern grabbed 14 of the next 17 points for a 15-8 lead. The Wildcats slowly pulled away and closed things with a 25-16 win in the fourth and final set of the afternoon.

Northwestern's Sabel Moffett was named the tournament MVP after the Wildcats swept their three matches over the weekend. Pitt's Amy Town, Tennessee's Leslie Cikra and Kayla Jeter and Northwestern's Naomi Johnson joined Post on the all-tournament team. Moffett had 12 kills and four blocks while Johnson had 14 kills, hit .500, and registered four aces in the final vs. Ohio.

The Bobcats are back on the road next week when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas for matches against host TCU, UTSA and UAB.

No. 22 Michigan 3, Miami 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite battling hard in each set, the RedHawk volleyball team fell, 0-3 (16-25, 19-25, 20-25), to 22nd-ranked Michigan to finish the Michigan/adidas Invitational in second place. The RedHawks are now 4-6 on the year, while the Wolverines improve to 8-1.

Miami found itself down, 3-10 in set one. The RedHawks closed to within four at 8-12 thanks to a 5-2 run that saw kills from Amy Raseman and Cassie Farrell, along with a service ace from Michelle Metzler. The Wolverines followed with a 7-3 run of their own to take a 19-11 advantage. Miami was not done as two kills from Raseman, along with a kill from Madison Dodd helped the RedHawks pull within five at 16-21. Michigan would then take the next four points to win the set, 25-16.

Set two was a competitive affair that saw Miami overcome an early 1-4 deficit to tie the match at six. That early run was jumpstarted by kills from Raseman and Dodd off Amy Kendall assists. A 14-7 run by Michigan gave the Wolverines control at 20-13, but once again the RedHawks would mount a comeback. Jenn Caylor and Metzler put down two kills apiece, while Metzler and Raseman teamed up on a double block as Miami closed to within four at 19-23. Finishing the comeback was not to be however, as Michigan took the next two points to earn a 25-19 victory.

Kills from Metzler and Madison Hardy, along with a Wolverine attack error put Miami in front, 3-2, to start set three. The teams battled back and forth, trading the lead four times until the score was tied at 11. Three straight points from Michigan gave the Wolverines the advantage back at 14-11, but kills from Metzler and Christina Menche, and a block from Kendell and Farrell were part of a 5-2 RedHawk run that saw Miami pull within one at 15-16. Michigan would answer with a 7-2 run of its own to go in front, 23-17. A double block by Menche and Farrell would stop the bleeding, but the two teams would go on to split the next four points and Michigan came away with the 25-20 win.

Farrell and Raseman led Miami with seven kills apiece. Lisa Treadway was the top defensive player with 10 kills. Kendall finished with 27 assists. The RedHawks hit .237 for the match, compared to Michigan at .398.

Miami returns home for the annual Miami/Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational next weekend. The RedHawks welcome DePaul, Illinois State and Indiana to this year's event. Miami will face DePaul on Friday at 7 p.m., Illinois State on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Indiana to conclude the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Check with later this week for the tournament homepage

 Wisconsin 3, Toledo 0
MILWAUKEE, WI - Toledo (5-4) was the first opponent to win a set against Wisconsin (9-0) this season but it wasn't enough as the Rockets came up on the short end of a 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15) decision to the undefeated Badgers. The match was the third of four matches that UT is playing at this weekend's Marquette/UW-Milwaukee Invitational.


Freshman OH Jordan Kielty led the Rockets with a season-high 14 kills in what was her first match playing in the front row this year. Junior S Kassie Kadera led UT defensively with 15 digs.

Alexis Mitchell topped UW's attack with 16 terminations and also tallied a team-high four blocks.

Toledo will conclude tournament play on Sunday with a 2:00 p.m. matchup vs. Marquette.

Buffalo 3, Hampton 0
Buffalo 3, St. John's 1

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team improved to 6-0 at home on Saturday as UB took a pair of matches to claim its second straight weekend tournament title. The Bulls began the day with a 3-0 win over Hampton and followed it up with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap over St. John's. UB is now 9-2 on the season. UB placed three on the all-tournament team, led by Most Valuable Player Lindsey Schlegel.



The Bulls hit a season-high .442 in the opening match against Hampton, taking the contest, 25-11, 25-14, 25-12. UB was able to play all 12 players in the contest, led by 10 kills from senior Marisa Hornbaker. Freshman Dana Musil added nine kills, while junior Abby Niekamp had eight kills. All three players recorded just one error. Schlegel had 23 assists, while freshman Kelly Svoboda led the way with 12 digs.

In the nightcap, UB used 18 total team blocks, led by 13 total blocks from Bignell, who was named to the All-Tournament team. Bignell's 11 block assists are just two off the school record for block assists in a four-set match. Niekamp, who was also-named to the All-Tournament team, led the way with 12 kills against St. John's. Hornbaker added 11 kills and Musil recorded 10. Schlegel had 38 assists, while tying her career high with six total blocks. The Lancaster, NY native also added seven digs, an ace and two kills.

As a team UB had eight service aces, led by five from Hornbaker. Pyle, who had a career high in digs on Friday night, finished with a match-high 14 against the Red Storm. Senior Kayla Govier, last weekend's tournament MVP, had seven kills, while tying her career-high with seven block assists.

"I am proud of the effort we gave throughout the entire weekend," said head coach Todd Kress. "We played against some very good team's this weekend, but it is important that we defend our home court. I thought tonight's match against St. John's was one of our best performances of the season, but we will continue to get better knowing conference play is rapidly approaching."

Joining Schlegel, Bignell and Niekamp on the all-tournament team was Anna Lejina and Michelle McDonugh from tournament runner-up Binghamton, Darlene Ramdin from St. John's and Aaryn Harrison from Hampton.

UB will be back in action next weekend when it heads to Army for four-matches. Play begins at 10:00 am on Friday as Buffalo faces Hofstra.

 Cleveland State 3, Kent State 1
Brivule led the way in kills with 13 while Paskert and Larsen joined her in double digits with 11 and 10, respectively. Jones topped her previous career high of 21 set assists she set Friday night by tallying 35. Senior Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) led the way on defense with 20 digs.



Kent State began the match with vigor, forcing Cleveland State to take a quick timeout after jumping out to a 7-5 edge thanks to two kills by Brivule, an assisted block by Brivule and Jones and three attack errors by the Vikings. CSU responded to take a 13-10 lead, but the Flashes countered with back-to-back kills by Brivule and Paskert to help knot it up at 16-all. Kent State then took advantage of another kill by Brivule and three straight attack errors by the Vikings to go up 20-16. Three CSU kills and an attack error by the Flashes helped the Vikings to pull to within one at 21-20, but KSU secured the 1-0 match advantage with kills by Paskert and Larsen and back-to-back kills by sophomore Zuzana Markova (Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic).

The Vikings made things square with a victory in the second set. CSU built an 8-4 lead to open the set, but Kent State pulled to within three at 12-9 thanks to a kill by Markova and two attack errors by Cleveland State. The Vikings took command from there, though, outscoring the Flashes 13-5 the remainder of the set.

Cleveland State snatched a 2-1 match lead in the third set. The Vikings went up 3-0 to open the third but a service ace by Markova and kills by Brivule and Paskert closed the gap to 7-5. That's as close as KSU got as a 14-6 run helped put Cleveland State in control the rest of the set.

The Flashes and Vikings exchanged blows throughout the early part of the fourth set until Cleveland State began to pull away and took a 20-12 lead. KSU did not go down without a fight, though. A service ace by freshman Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.) and kills by Jones, Paskert and Barr made it a 23-20 set. Two attack errors by the Golden Flashes undid the comeback attempt, though, and Cleveland State won the match.

Kent State takes on Youngstown State 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 14) before hosting the Kent State/Mizuno Open next weekend (Sept. 17-18) at the M.A.C. Center.

 IPFW 3, Bowling Green 0
Oakland 3, Bowling Green 0

Bowling Green, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team came up short in two matches at the Best Western Falcon Plaza Invitational Saturday, losing to IPFW 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 and to Oakland in the nightcap 25-22, 25-11, 25-19. Senior Noelle Spitler was named to the all-tournament team after posting 23 kills on a .271 attack percentage with a team-high seven blocks on the weekend. Bowling Green falls to 2-7 on the year and the Falcons will be at home Tuesday night when they host Wright State at 7 p.m.



Match 1 - IPFW defeats BGSU 25-23, 25-21, 25-13
Bowling Green had a chance to take an early advantage in the first set over the team that ended up winning the tournament. The Falcons scored the first five points of the match and still led by five on a Danielle Tonyan kill that made it 15-10.

But IPFW stormed back to tie the score at 19-19 and the Falcons held slight one point edges at 20-19, 21-20, and 22-21. Following an IPFW timeout, the Mastodons scored four of the final five points, including a clinching kill by tournament MVP Megan Steenhuysen, to get a 25-23 win.

Bowling Green again led midway through the second set, scoring three straight points, to take a 14-11 lead. But IPFW came back with four in a row and the Falcons never led again. The Mastodons took a 20-16 lead but a kill by Susie Isphording, followed by back-to-back kills from Cassie Berning, cut the deficit to one. IPFW led 21-20 and scored four of the final five points in the set again to come away with the 25-21 win.

In the third set, BGSU was never really in it as IPFW jumped out to an 8-3 lead, built the advantage to 10 at 23-13 and cruised to the 25-13 win.

After hitting .312 in the first set, Bowling Green attacked at just a .139 clip in the second and .059 in the third. Paige Penrod led the Falcons with nine kills and Berning had seven with a .500 attack percentage. Penrod added two aces and a team-best 11 digs, while Sam Fish added 10 digs.

Match 2 - Oakland defeats BGSU 25-22, 25-11, 25-19
After hitting .216 in the first set, Bowling Green hit just .045 the rest of the way. Spitler was strong throughout with eight kills and a .318 attack percentage, while Ashley Dunn led the Falcons with 13 digs.

Much like the IPFW match, Bowling Green led most of the way in the first set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Oakland eventually took a lead at 14-13 but the match continued to be evenly fought until late in the set. The Golden Grizzlies led 20-19 but a couple of Falcon service errors helped Oakland pull away late.

BGSU was never close in the second set, falling behind 8-1 and rallying late to get to within 14. In the final set, Oakland again took the lead early, building a 10-point edge before a late Bowling Green run cut the final deficit to six.