Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 9/5/2010
Saturday's Volleyball Results
Arkansas 3, Akron 0
Ball State 3, Robert Morris 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Iona 0
Murray State 3, Kent State 2
Ohio State 3, Miami 0
USF 3, Miami 1
Northern Illinois 3, Memphis 0
Ohio 3, Southeast Missouri State 0
Toledo 3, Furman 1
Western Michigan 3, Wright State 0
Western Michigan 3, IUPUI 0
Buffalo 3, Central Connecticut State


Arkansas 3, Akron 0
Lawrence, Kan. - The University of Akron Zips fought hard but fell to Arkansas Saturday afternoon to conclude the 2010 Jayhawk Classic hosted by Kansas. The Razorbacks would strike a .419 hitting percentage, holding UA to a .182, and post 15 block assists in the three set defeat.

"Our team came out with the focus we needed to face them," said third year head coach Ron Arenz. "Unfortunately, our lack of experience was exposed as the match progressed but I was proud of the way we fought along the way. This is the kind of experience our program needs if we want to improve our track record in the Mid-American Conference."

Freshman Alex Cocklin was the only Zip to reach double figure kills pounding down ten balls. Junior Courtney Jarvis led UA in the backcourt posting eight digs. Jarvis also was second on the squad in kills with six.

To start the match, Arkansas would go up 7-2, however, Akron would remain close throughout never falling further than five behind. Finding themselves down 16-11, the Zips would force three Razorback errors to come within two (16-14), but three kills would give Arkansas a 19-15 lead that was never relinquished for the eventual 25-18 set win.

The second set provided Arkansas an 18-11 lead, which prompted a UA timeout. A 3-1 run out of the break would give Akron a little push but would not be enough as Arkansas pulled ahead for another 25-18 win.

Arkansas struck a .519 hitting percentage in the third set to break out for a 19-9 lead. Akron would squeeze in three kills the remainder of the game but four of the same from the Razorbacks and two UA errors gave Arkansas the 25-12 win.

On the weekend, Cocklin led UA offensively posting 22 kills while sophomore Chelsea Harvey was the defensive leader with 24 digs.
The Zips will continue tournament action next weekend (Sept. 10-11) but will return home for the Akron Invitational to face Appalachian State, Indiana State and Saint Francis (Pa.).

Ball State 3, Robert Morris 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - - Five players recorded at least six kills as the Ball State (5-0) women's volleyball team spread out its offense in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) sweep of Robert Morris (2-4) in its opening match of the second day of the 2010 Active Ankle Challenge.

In the morning session's first contest, Oakland (3-3) scored a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 26-24) victory over Tennessee State (0-3).

Junior right side/middle blocker Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.) was the catalyst in the Cardinals victory, smashing a season-high 12 kills, including the match-winner. She also tallied a season-best .647 (12-1-17) attack percentage and a block assist.

"Jennifer had a solid match for us on the right side, replacing Charde' who was unable to play due to injury," said head coach Steve Shondell. "Jennifer played brilliantly today in a match which was tough on us mentally, trying to bounce back from the high of last night. Jennifer put the team on her shoulders and carried us through."

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) was also a big hitter for the Cardinals, racking up 11 kills. She finished the day with a .417 (11-1-24) attack percentage, three digs and a pair of blocks.

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) was able to spread out BSU's offense, with five different attackers collecting double-digit swings. McGinnis set the Cardinals to a .271 (46-14-118) rate of success for the contest, with BSU improving its numbers throughout the afternoon. She also turned in a strong effort from the service line with a match-best three aces.

"Kelsey was solid again for us offensively," said Shondell "I also thought Brittany served the ball extremely well and scored a lot of points. We had some really good performances from several different players today, which is the mark of a good team."

BSU's freshmen trio of middle blocker Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.), outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) and outside hitter Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) concluded the contest with eight, seven and six kills, respectively.

Marx's eight kills and .375 (8-2-16) hitting percentage were a career-highs, while she also added a pair of blocks. Baker tied a career-best with nine digs, while serving up a pair of aces.

"Robert Morris did a good job of stopping our left sides, but we were able to get a lot of offense from the middle and right side," said Shondell. "Brittany was able to run a really nice, balanced offense."

In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) added a match-best 18 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.) tallied six.

Robert Morris finished the match with a .238 (36-11-105) hitting mark and was led at the attack line by Amanda Craig's 10 kills. Corinne Moser tallied a team-high 11 digs, while Charla Drabant added 10.

After falling behind 2-1 in the opening frame, the Cardinals rattled off the next five points behind kills from three different players and a pair of service aces from McGinnis to pull ahead 6-2. Two kills apiece from Baker and Boyd, plus a Kaylee Schembra (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.) ace, helped BSU extend the advantage to eight at 13-5.

From there, a Drabant kill sparked a 5-0 RMU run, brining the guests within three at 13-10. Kills from BSU's freshman trio of Baker, Heeres and Marx helped build the lead back to six at 16-10. With Ball State maintaining a 20-15 edge, the guests went on a 4-0 run, closing the gap to 20-19.

After a Cardinals' timeout, the hosts used a service error and kills from Baker and Boyd to pull back ahead by four at 23-19. Four rallies later, the Cardinals won the frame 25-21 on a block from Marx and McGinnis.

Ball State came out on fire to open the second set, as a Heeres kill and a pair of Boyd smashes helped BSU pull ahead 5-0. While RMU was able to battle back within two, at 6-4, the Cardinals responded with six of the next eight points, moving the score 12-6.

Robert Morris would draw within four at 13-9, only to have kills from Heeres and Brandl push the lead back to six at 15-9. From there, Ball State went on to win the set 25-20 on a Boyd shot off the block.

A pair of kills from Brandl helped Ball State pull ahead 5-2 early in the third set. The Colonials were able to climb back within one at 7-6 on a Moser service ace, only to have a service error and a Heeres kill extend the BSU lead back to three at 9-6.

With Ball State leading 11-9, kills from Brandl and Rio helped force a Robert Morris timeout at 14-9. The teams traded the next four points before a Baker kill and another Schembra ace pushed the host's lead to seven at 18-11. The Cardinals eventually won the set 25-19 on Boyd's match-best 12th kill of the contest.

Play in the 2010 Active Ankle Challenge concludes later this evening with a pair of matches. Robert Morris battles Tennessee State at 5 p.m., while Ball State and Oakland square off in the championship match at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Michigan 3, Iona 0
LEWISBURG, Pa. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team continued its early season dominance with a 3-0 sweep of Iona College (26-24, 26-16, 25-20) here Saturday morning, Sept. 4, at the Bucknell Invitational at Davis Gym. The Eagles improved to 6-0 on the year and are off to their best start since 2003 when the squad opened with seven consecutive victories.

With the victory, the Green and White surpassed its entire 2009 win total. To further demonstrate the Eastern Michigan turnaround, the team has gone beyond the minimum three sets just once this season and is out-hitting the opposition .233 to .086.

Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) and freshman Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) paced the Eagle attack combining for 27 of the team's 48 kills.

Iaquaniello finished with 17 kills and a .467 hitting percentage (17-3-30), while Roback recorded 10 kills and six digs. Also contributing for the Green and White was freshman Erin Short (Orrville, Ohio-Orrville), who picked up six kills and nine digs, and senior Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn), who recorded six kills and seven digs. Junior setter Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) tallied 37 assists on the morning.

For Iona, Colleen Genett was the lone Gael to reach double-figures in kills with 10 kills, she also added a dig and a block assists. Allison Nieters led Iona with 19 digs.

The opening set was back-and-fourth with the score knotted on 10 different occasions. EMU took its largest lead of the frame at 21-17 on a put-a-way by Iaquanillo. However, the Gaels would charge back to tie the set at 24-24 on an attack error by Swartz. Head Coach Kim Berrington called and timeout to regroup and following the break the freshmen tandem of Short and Roback powered home kills to give the Eagles the hard-fought 26-24 victory.

Eastern jumped out to a five point advantage out of the gate, 10-5, and would never look back en route to the 25-16 decision.

The finale was much the same as the second with Iona unable to match EMU's offensive firepower. The Green and White led by as many as nine points, 18-9, before IC rallied to pull back within four at 24-20. Short would dash any hopes of a further comeback with her sixth and final kill to seal the 25-20 win.

Eastern Michigan closes out the Bucknell Invitational late this afternoon again Providence. First serve is set for 3 p.m.

Murray State 3, Kent State 2
CINCINNATI -- The Kent State volleyball came out on the short end of a five-set affair today (Sept. 4), losing a 3-2 (22-25, 25-14, 24-26, 25-20, 11-15) contest to Murray State in the Bearcat Invitational at Fifth Third Arena.

The Flashes (4-3) lost their second straight match despite senior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) totaling a team season-high 18 kills and three of her teammates joining her in double figures. Junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) recorded her third straight double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs while sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) and senior Celia Sabo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) tallied 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Sophomore Zuzana Markova Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic) registered a team season-high 50 set assists. Senior Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) led the way of the defensive side and joined Larsen in double digits with 16 digs. Markova and senior Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) also hit double figures in digs, contributing 13 and 11, respectively.

Two kills by Sabo, another by Larsen, a service ace by Paskert and two attack errors by the Racers helped KSU break a nine-all tie and rattle off six straight points to take a 15-9 advantage in the first set. The Racers responded by going on a 10-4 run to tie the set at 18. The schools traded points to knot things up at 22-all but an attack error sandwiched by two MSU kills clinched the set for the Racers.

The Flashes responded with an 11-point triumph in the second set. A kill by Jones tied the set at 8-all and sparked an 18-6 charge that evened the match for Kent State. Brivule highlighted the attack with eight kills.

KSU opened the third stanza with a 5-1 lead thanks to a service ace by Paskert and kills by Brivule and redshirt freshman Jessica Ronyak (Burton, Ohio). Murray State fought back and tied it up at 9, though the teams proceeded to trade blows. With the set tied at 24-all, MSU broke through thanks to a kill and an attack error to go up 2-1.

Kent State forced a fifth set with a five-point win in the fourth in which KSU broke a 16-all stalemate and never looked back. Brivule and Larsen ensured the match went the distance with back-to-back kills to close out the fourth set. Paskert led the way offensively with five kills.

The Flashes tied the deciding set at nine-all thanks to two kills by Larsen and two attack errors by the Racers but never led. MSU clinched the victory on a 6-2 scoring run that was aided by three attack errors and a service error by Kent State.

Kent State will try to close out the tournament on a high note when it meets James Madison at 5 p.m. Stay tuned to KentStateSports.com for a complete recap of the match.

Ohio State 3, Miami 0
USF 3, Miami 1

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Miami volleyball team concluded play at the Kentucky Classic with a tough 1-3 (25-20, 25-27, 22-25, 23-25) defeat against USF Saturday evening. The RedHawks fall to 1-5 on the year, while the Bulls improve to 2-3.

A kill and a service ace by Christina Menche gave the RedHawks a 4-1 lead in set one. Miami forced USF into several attack errors early as it pushed the lead to 12-7. With the score 13-11 in favor of the RedHawks, two kills by Michele Metzler helped increase the advantage to 17-13. The Bulls would get as close as 17-19, but Menche, Metzler, Amy Raseman and Colleen Loftus each scored kills off Michelle Mangia assists to allow Miami to close out a 25-20 win.

Mangia was able to put down a couple quick tip kills as the RedHawks opened a 9-6 lead in set two. A 13-7 run by USF gave the Bulls their largest advantage of the set at 19-16. With the score 23-20 in favor of USF, a Bulls service error, a kill from Mangia, a Raseman service ace and a kill from Loftus gave Miami set point at 24-23. Unfortunately, the RedHawks were unable to secure the next point and with the score tied at 25, USF scored the final two points to take the 27-25 victory.

Miami fell behind, 5-10, to begin set three. A 6-4 run keyed by two Christina Menche kills got the RedHawks to within three at 11-14. The teams traded points until it was 21-18 in favor of USF. The Bulls scored two of the next three points to expand the advantage to 23-19. Two kills from Loftus and a USF attack error made the score 22-23, but those would be the last points the RedHawks would score as the Bulls won the third set, 25-22.

Tied at eight in the fourth set, Madison Dodd recorded two kills and teamed with Metzler to put down two double blocks as Miami took a 12-8 lead. The RedHawks eventually stretched the advantage to 20-14 thanks to another kill from Dodd, along with kills from Metzler and Mangia. USF scored three of the next four points to pull within three, but Raseman and Metzler teamed up on a double block to make the score 22-17 in favor of the RedHawks. With the score 23-19, the Bulls were able to finish off the match by closing on a 6-0 run to win the set, 25-23.

Loftus finished the match with a double-double, featuring a career-high 12 kills to go along with 14 digs. Raseman led the RedHawks with 13 kills, while Mangia and Lisa Treadway each had 12 digs. Miami hit .188 for the match, compared to .144 for the Bulls.

Miami returns to Millett Hall for its home opener against Wright State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Northern Illinois 3, Memphis 0
CHICAGO - Tying 1998's best start in program history, the Northern Illinois volleyball team swept Memphis, 25-13, 25-18, 25-9, at the UIC Invitational on Saturday afternoon at UIC Pavilion. The Huskies are now 7-0 and will play for the title later tonight against Illinois Chicago.

Off to a 2-0 start in the tournament, and on their first road trip of the season, the Huskies kept up their streak of totaling more kills, a better hitting percentage, and more digs than their opponent, a feat that NIU has achieved in all seven matches. The Huskies racked up 39 kills, a .345 hitting percentage, and 42 digs. Memphis (3-2) managed 21 kills, a .036 hitting percentage, and 38 digs. NIU also registered 11 aces and eight blocks, while the Tigers had four and three, respectively.

"We did a good job of controlling Memphis' strength, which is their serving, by handling the ball well to keep our offense spread out," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "We are learning, as it's our first away tournament, to create and feed off our own energy."

The middle blockers were a big reason why the Huskies continued their dominance, as NIU has dropped just three of 24 sets on the year. Freshman Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) was almost unstoppable with nine kills on 11 attempts for a .818 attack percentage, and she added four blocks. Sophomore Mary Kurisch (LaCrosse, Wis./West Salem) chimed in with eight kills on 14 swings for a .500 hitting percentage along with three blocks.

"Our middles are doing a good job of putting themselves in position to be available to score points for us," said Gooden. "They're continuing to be aware of the relationship with the setter and are getting in the air quickly."

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) notched her third double-double with team highs of 13 kills and 12 digs. She also had three aces, as did sophomore defensive specialst Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley) and senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North). Additionally, junior setter Kristin Hoffman (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) accumulated 30 assists and eight digs.

In the opening set, a 7-2 advantage by the Huskies resulted in an early timeout by Memphis after an ace by Hoffman. The run continued out of the break as Kurisch put a ball down, sophomore outside hitter Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) tallied a solo block, and Memphis committed an attack error before scoring again. Later, the Huskies opened up a 10-point lead, 21-11, following a Wicinski ace, and would go on to easily claim the set.

Memphis opened up a brief 6-4 lead in the second stanza, but the Huskies answered quickly. Junior outside hitter Allison McGlaughlin (Morton, Ill./Morton) got some help from the net on a kill and Angelos notched a solo block to tie the score, sparking an 8-2 spurt. After a Tiger timeout, NIU maintained a steady lead and caused another timeout from an Angelos block, this time with help from Hoffman, to put the Huskies ahead, 22-17. Out of the quick rest, Hayes aced the Tigers to keep momentum on NIU's side as the Huskies would take a 2-0 lead into the match's third set.

NIU saved its best for the final set, opening up a 6-0 advantage with help from three consecutive aces by Hughes. After a Memphis timeout, the Huskie run extended to 10-0 before the Tigers scored their first point. Everything was going NIU's way, as the 10th NIU point came on a broken play where Wicinski hustled to pass the ball backward over the net and it ended up touching a Memphis back row player before landing out of bounds. A few moments later, Wicinski totaled back-to-back aces to put the Huskies ahead, 14-3, and the Tigers took another timeout. But the break did not slow down NIU at all as the Huskies would keep rolling, forcing five Tiger errors down the stretch, to seal at least a second place finish in the invitational.

"In set three, we did a good job of setting the tone and playing at our level," Gooden said. "We did not allow a very physical Memphis team to play their game."

NIU returns to the court tonight at 7 p.m. CT for the tournament championship match against the host Flames (2-2).

Ohio 3, Southeast Missouri State 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball evened its record at the JQH Invitational this afternoon with a 3-0 win over Southeast Missouri State (25-15, 25-22, 25-20). Meryl Bender had a career-high nine assists and seven digs for the Bobcats.

Katie Post had a career-high 13 kills to go along with a match-high three total blocks. Sue Jacobi led the Bobcats with 14 kills and also added four digs. Mandy Nichols added eight kills and six digs while Michelle Jantsch had a match-high 34 assists and a team-high 11 digs. Post hit .524 for the match while Nichols hit .381 and Post hit .321. Overall, Ohio had 45 kills to SEMO's 29 and out-hit the Redhawks, .320 to .076.

"We really wanted to get the ball to the middle in this match and Mij did a good job with that, Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "It was great to get 13,15,17 kills per set and then as a team hit .320. Individually, Katie was great and Sue averaged almost five kills a game while hitting a high percentage."

In the first set, Ohio grabbed six of the first seven points and jumped out to a 6-1 lead behind tw o kills from Post and one by Nichols. After SEMO cut the Ohio lead to 13-9 the Bobcats scored eight of the next ten points to grab their largest lead at 21-11. The Green & White would take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-15 win. Post and Jacobi finished with four kills while Nichols added three.

Jacobi had her best set of the match during the second stanza when she amassed seven kills and added a service ace. Trailing 22-20 and facing a tied match heading into the intermission, the Bobcats ran off five-straight points to take a 2-0 lead in the match. A Jacobi kill was followed by two SEMO attack errors and two Nichols' kills to close things out in favor of Ohio.

Post took over the third set for Ohio, finishing with seven kills, while Faith Robins played her best period of the match finishing with four kills. The Bobcats took their largest lead at 16-10 after a SEMO attack error and never let their opponents get within three points the rest of the way. As a team, the Green & White had their best hitting percentage of the day in the third set (.457).

"This was obviously an improvement over yesterday," Theis said. "We have to focus on continuing to get better because we have a real tough match tonight against Texas A&M."

The Bobcats will play again tonight against Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m.

Toledo 3, Furman 1
Tuscaloosa, AL - Toledo rebounded from a pair of disappointing defeats at Friday's Bama Bash with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-18) win over a Furman squad that posted a 26-4 record last year and returned five starters. The victory improves the Rockets' record to 4-2 overall, while the Paladins dropped to 2-4 on the season.

Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt tallied a season-high 22 kills to lead UT and was the only Rocket to reach double figures in the termination category. DeWeerdt also enjoyed a strong defensive contest with 17 digs, just behind senior libero Katie Westerfeld's match-high total of 22.

Sophomore MB Bailey Blank helped UT produce a strong presence at the net with a match-high five blocks. The Rockets tallied nine rejections in the contest and limited Furman to a .129 attack mark.

"It was good to see us bounce back from our two losses yesterday," Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith. "We struggled in the first set, but we looked like a much better team the rest of the match. Now we need to build off this and try to maintain a consistent level of play in each of our matches."

The Paladins were led by Kelly Kirby and Katherine Hall with 12 kills apiece.

The Rockets will return to action next weekend with a trip to Milwaukee, WI for the Milwaukee Invitational. UT will play four matches in three days, facing Creighton on Friday, Sept. 10, UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Marquette on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Western Michigan 3, Wright State 0
INDIANAPOLIS -- Freshman outside hitter Gillian Asque led Western Michigan with 10 kills and hit .318 in a sweep (25-11, 25-17, 25-17) of Wright State in The Jungle at IUPUI on Saturday. The Broncos (5-1) won their fourth in a row, all sweeps, and remained undefeated in the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational.

Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown added nine kills, three digs and two blocks, while freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen and senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle each added eight kills. Doyle picked up 20 digs, the seventh career time she's reached that mark, and freshman libero Lena Oliver led all players with 22 digs, her second career 20-dig match. Gossen and Oliver both had a career-high three aces.

Junior setter Sam Viox led all players with 38 assists and added eight digs.

The Broncos hit .261 with 42 kills, while holding Wright State to 26 kills and .050 attacking. The Broncos had 14 more digs (68-54) and two more blocks (6.0-4.0). WMU also had eight aces and allowed only three by Wright State (1-4).

The Broncos broke an early tie with a 9-3 run to build a six-point edge, 11-5, after back-to-back blocks by Turnage/Doyle and Turnage/Asque, an Asque kill and Gossen ace. The lead continued to swell as Brown had a kill, solo block and assisted block with Viox on three straight points during a 5-0 run to go up 11, 18-7. The Broncos ended the set with an ace by Oliver, 25-11.

The Broncos hit .229 with 10 kills, but stymied Wright State to the tune of -.122 attacking on five kills and 10 errors. Doyle had 10 digs and Oliver eight, while WMU also compiled five blocks.

Kills by Viox and Turnage broke an early tie, 7-5, and put WMU on top for good. The teams traded the next seven points until Wright State missed to put WMU up three, 11-8, and begin a 5-1 run that put WMU up six, 15-9, after an Asque kill. Wright State closed within four, 20-16, but WMU closed the set on another 5-1 run and took the second set, 25-17, on a tip kill by Gossen.

WMU hit .400 in the second set with 17 kills, while WSU hit .158 with 12 kills. Asque led the Broncos with seven kills in the set.

Western Michigan jumped out to an 8-2 lead, behind back-to-back aces from Oliver and two kills by freshman Emily Harris. The Raiders showed resiliency and eventually took the lead, 15-14. WMU swiftly took back control, however, with a 6-0 run on a Gossen kill, Harris kill, Gossen/Harris block, two WSU errors and Viox ace, 20-15. WSU scored to stop the run, but WMU immediately came back with kills by Doyle and Harris and back-to-back Gossen aces, 24-16. WSU scored again, but WMU put the match away as Asque ripped a kill off the top of the block, 25-17.

WMU hit .178 in the third set with 15 kills, but seven errors. Wright State had only nine kills and hit .122. Harris had a career-high four kills in the set, along with four each by Doyle and Brown.

The Broncos conclude the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational on Sunday at 3 p.m. against DePaul of the Big East.

Western Michigan 3, IUPUI 0
INDIANAPOLIS -- Western Michigan senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle registered kills on her first nine attempts to lead all players with 14 kills and a career-high .684 attack percentage in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19) victory over Hampton Inn Invitational host IUPUI on Saturday morning.

Doyle added a team-high 15 digs to move all alone into second place in Western Michigan history with 37 double-doubles. Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown added 11 kills for the Broncos (4-1) in their third win in a row.

Junior setter Sam Viox matched her career high with three aces, in addition to 41 assists, while freshmen outside hitters Ali Gossen and Gillian Asque each had nine kills and eight digs. Freshman libero Lena Oliver added 13 digs against the Jaguars (0-5), while Gossen
The Broncos hit .283 with 45 kills, while using 52 digs to hold IUPUI to only 26 kills and .107 attacking.

IUPUI scored the first point of the match, but then two Brown kills around kills by Viox and Asque put WMU in front, 4-1. The Jaguars scored the next three points to tie, but kills by Asque and Brown put WMU back in front, 6-4. IUPUI scored two in a row to tie again, but then WMU scored four in a row with a Gossen kill, Turnage/Viox block, Doyle kill and IUPUI misfire to force a timeout, 10-6.

IUPUI cut the margin to two, 10-8, but kills by Gossen, Asque and Doyle pushed the lead to five, 13-8. Doyle individually pushed the lead out further with a tip kill, solo block and another kill as part of another 4-0 run to build the lead to seven, 18-11. Doyle ended the set, 25-18, with her sixth kill in six attempts coming through the middle with a big swing.

WMU hit .317 with 19 kills in the opening frame, while holding IUPUI to .132 hitting with only nine kills. Brown joined Doyle with six kills in the opening set.

IUPUI took advantage of a sluggish WMU to open a 5-1 second set lead, but then unraveled. IUPUI missed a serve and then three consecutive attacks to tie the score, 5-5. Gossen followed with back to kills to continue the run of 10 consecutive points that put WMU in control, 11-5. The lead continued to swell as Viox tied her career high with three aces in a row as WMU went up 11, 18-7, after a block by Doyle and Turnage. WMU took the second set, 25-14, after Brown hammered a kill off the block on set point.

WMU hit .276 in the second set with 12 kills, while holding IUPUI to .000 with seven kills and seven errors. Gossen led WMU with four second-set kills.

The third set was the most tightly contested with nine ties and four lead changes. The Broncos took a three-point lead, 13-10, but IUPUI came back with five in a row to regain the lead, 15-13. The Broncos regained the lead for good with a Gossen kill, Boo Sweeney ace and Doyle kill, 17-16. IUPUI tied the score on the next point after WMU missed a serve, but WMU scored five more in a row to take control for good, 22-17, and won the match, 25-19, after consecutive IUPUI miscues.

WMU hit .250 with 14 kills in the set, while IUPUI had a match-high 10 kills and hit .176. Doyle had five more kills to lead WMU in the set.

The Broncos take on Wright State (1-3) at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon after the Raiders fell to Austin Peay, 3-1, in the first match of the tournament.

Buffalo 3, Central Connecticut State
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team won the 2010 University at Buffalo Invitational on Saturday night, sweeping Central Connecticut State, 3-0. The Bulls placed three on the All-Tournament team, headlined by tournament MVP, Kayla Govier.

The Bulls won the match 25-14, 25-14, 25-14 as UB hit .354 for the match, including over .400 in each of the first two sets. The Bulls got a total team effort against the Blue Devils as all 12 players in uniform saw action.

UB was led by freshman Dana Musil, who had 12 kills and just four errors as she hit .308 for the match. Senior Marisa Hornbaker, who was named to the All-Tournament team, had 10 kills and just two errors on 18 total attacks. Kristin Bignell finished with six kills and no errors on 10 swings, while Govier also finished with six kills. Senior Lindsey Schlegel had 24 assists and a match-high five service aces, while freshman Kelly Svoboda finished with 12 digs and an ace. Svoboda was UB's third all-tournament team selection.

Also playing well in the middle for the Bulls was junior Abby Niekamp who had five kills and just one error as well as Carissa McKenna and Alexa Manuel, who both found the kill column. McKenna had five total blocks in the match, including one solo.

"I am happy for our team that we were able to go 3-0 and win the tournament," said head coach Todd Kress. "I thought yesterday we were a little sporadic and today we were a lot more efficient. We played better defense today and our middles played very well. Overall it looked a lot cleaner and it was nice that we were able to get everyone out there seeing game action. We know there is still work to be done and we will get back to practice to get ourselves ready for Syracuse on Tuesday."

With the win UB improves to 6-1 on the season, their best seven-match record to start a year since 1990.

UB returns to action on Tuesday evening when they head to Syracuse to face the Orange. The match is set to begin at 7:00 pm.