Saturday's Volleyball Results

Updated 8/29/2010
Saturday's Volleyball Results
Akron 3, Youngstown State 0
Ball State 3, SIU-Edwardsville 0
Ball State 3, Indiana State 0
Bowling Green 3, IUPUI 0
Evansville 3, Bowling Green 0
Buffalo 3, Youngstown State 0
West Virginia 3, Buffalo 1
Purdue 3, Central Michigan 0
Western Kentucky 3, Central Michigan 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Sam Houston State 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Marist 0
Kent State 3, Norfolk State 0
Kent State 3, Navy 0
Memphis 3, Miami 1
Miami 3, Jacksonville State 0
Northern Illinois 3, College of Charleston 2
Northern Illinois 3, South Dakota 0
Ohio 3, North Dakota 2
Toledo 3, No. 12 Michigan 2
Toledo 3, Binghamton 0
No. 28 Ohio State 3, Western Michigan 1
Western Michigan 3, Pittsburgh 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Akron 3, Youngstown State 0
Morgantown, W. Va. - The University of Akron Volleyball team opened up their 2010 campaign in dominating fashion Saturday afternoon, downing Youngstown State, 25-18, 28-26, 25-19, at the West Virginia Classic.

Courtney Jarvis and Alex Cocklin each totaled double digit kills in the match for the Zips. Jarvis recorded 11 kills to go along with 13 assists and 13 digs, while Cocklin recorded 13 kills. Morgan Kuhn tallied 35 assists and Chelsea Harvey recorded 25 digs to also pace UA.

The Zips return to action at the WVU Classic tomorrow with a pair of contests, taking on Howard 4:30 and West Virginia at 7:00.


Ball State 3, SIU-Edwardsville 0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - - Behind a solid offensive and defensive performance from junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.), the Ball State (3-0) women's volleyball team captured the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic title with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) victory over host SIU-E Edwardsville (1-2) Saturday evening at the Vadalabene Center.

With the win, the Cardinals swept their way to the tournament title after topping The Citadel 3-0 (30-15, 30-16, 30-17) Friday and Indiana State 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18) in Saturday's morning session.

"SIU-Edwardsville gave us the toughest match of the tournament," said head coach Steve Shondell who improved to 3-0 in his collegiate coaching career. "They were digging everything we hit and we were having trouble getting the ball to the floor which was frustrating us a little bit. We really wanted to go home 3-0, and I think that also put some pressure on us. I am very proud of the way we handled the pressure tonight, and I think we learned a lot about our team over the weekend."

Brandl paced all players with 12 kills in the contest, while adding a season-best six total blocks (one solo and five assists). She also added two digs and a service ace, while racking up a .429 (12-3-21) attack percentage.

"Kelsey did what we needed her to do tonight," said Shondell. "She has to be a player who steps up for us in big matches and at crunch time. I give her a lot of credit for her solid play tonight."

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) added her first double-double of the season with a team-best 13 digs to go along with 24 assists. Overall, she led the Cardinals to a .233 (38-14-103) attacking mark, while adding two kills of her own.

Freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) added nine kills and a .259 (9-2-27) hitting mark in the contest, while senior right side Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) and freshman middle blocker Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.) collected five kills each.

In addition to McGinnis' double-digit effort in the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) added 12 digs in the victory.

As a team, the Ball State defense limited SIU-Edwardsville to a .090 (33-23-111) attack percentage, including a .000 (9-9-29) rate of success in the final set. Lexi Cibulka led SIUE with nine kills, while Karie Downing collected a match-high 15 digs.

Despite a pair of kills from Heeres, the Cardinals found themselves in an early 4-3 hole in the opening set. However, back-to-back kills from Phillips sparked a 6-0 run from the guests, giving Ball State a 9-5 edge. Brandl added a solo block and block assist, joined by freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.), in the run.

The hosts answered with an 8-4 run, knotting the score at 13 on a kill from Brianne Graunke. From there, the teams battled to a 20-20 deadlock before kills from McGinnis and Brandl forced SIUE to utilize a timeout trailing 22-20. Three rallies later, another Brandl kill gave the Cardinals the first set-point at 24-21.

A kill from SIUE's Julia Whitfield and a BSU attack error cut the lead to one at 24-23 and led to a Ball State timeout. The break was enough to rattle the Cougars' server, who deposited the ball into the middle of the net giving the Cardinals a 25-23 opening-set victory.
Errors cost SIU-Edwardsville early in the second frame, as five miscues helped Ball State build an early 6-2 edge and forced a Cougars timeout. The hosts would battle back for the second consecutive set, taking a brief 12-11 lead on a kill from Jessica Hemann.

Ball State answered with the next four points, reclaiming the lead at 15-12. Moments later, kills from Phillips and Marx led to SIUE's second timeout with the Cardinals holding a 17-13 advantage. A pair of kills from Brandl helped Ball State extend the lead to a set-high seven points at 23-16, while another Brandl maker ended the frame at 25-20.

The Cardinals rattled off the first four points in the third game behind an ace from Rio and kills from both Brandl and Heeres. The Cougars clawed back into the frame, taking a 9-8 edge after back-to-back BSU setting miscues.

The guests from Muncie answered back once again, as two blocks and a kill from Baker move the score to 12-9. SIU-Edwardsville would get no closer than two points the rest of the frame, as an 8-3 run extended the BSU edge to six at 18-12. A Marx kill gave the Cardinals match-point at 24-18, while a SIUE attack error ended the set at 25-18.

Next on the slate for the Ball State women's volleyball team is the 2010 Active Ankle Challenge, with the Cardinals hosting Tennessee State, Robert Morris and Oakland. Tournament play begins at Friday with Oakland battling Robert Morris at 5 p.m. and Ball State taking on Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m.

Ball State 3, Indiana State 0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - - Ball State's (2-0) freshman outside hitters continued to shine Saturday morning, combining for 32 kills to lead the women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18) victory over Indiana State (1-1) in the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic at the Vadalabene Center.

"Much like last night, we were consistent from the beginning of the match to the end," said BSU head coach Steve Shondell. "We also found a way to hold on and win set two when ISU fought back within two at 23-21. We had exceptional play from our left-side attackers today, while our team as a whole turned in another solid, fundamentally sound performance."

The morning session saw freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) take her turn leading the BSU offense, smashing a career-high 17 kills and hitting .353 (17-5-34) in just her second collegiate match. Heeres also added four digs and two block assists.

Fellow freshman outside Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) posted 15 kills for the second-consecutive match, while falling one dig shy of her first career double-double with nine. She also finished the match with a .464 (15-2-28) hitting mark. After her first two collegiate matches, Baker is hitting .529 with a team-best 30 kills on 51 swings with just three errors.

"Whitney and Kylee are both competing well and playing with confidence," said Shondell. "When you play with confidence, a lot of good things happen. They are out there having fun and hitting smart shots. Brittany is doing a good job getting them the ball and things are going well so far."

Behind some more solid setting from junior Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.), the Cardinals offense finished the match with a season-high .304 (50-16-112) attack percentage. McGinnis also got involved in the action, throwing down five kills and posting a .625 (5-0-8) rate of success.

In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) led all players with a match-high 13 digs, while junior Kaylee Schembra (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.) added 12.

Overall, the Cardinals limited Indiana State to a .167 (29-13-96) rate of success, while holding a 47 to 39 edge in digs. Morgan Dall paced the Sycamores' attack with 11 kills, while Kiya James added a team-best 10 digs.

McGinnis got the match started for the Cardinals with a quick over pass that slipped between the Indiana State defenders for a kill. From there, BSU charged to a 5-2 lead after kills from Heeres and Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.).

After a kill from Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) pushed the edge to four at 8-4, four kills from Baker over the next five rallies helped the Cardinals build a seven-point cushion at 12-5. With Ball State leading by seven at 20-13, two kills and a block assist from Heeres helped BSU surge ahead by nine at 23-14. A McGinnis kill gave BSU set-point at 24-14, while Heeres ended the frame two plays later at 25-15.

A couple of early BSU errors and two blocks from Dall helped the Sycamores build a 4-1 edge in the second set. With the Cardinals trailing 7-4, a kill from Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.), a Baker service ace and a Heeres blast evened the score at seven. After a three-point run from ISU, Ball State rattled off the next five points to take their first lead of the frame at 12-10.

A Brandl kill and two more Baker smashes upped the Ball State lead to three at 16-13, while another Baker kill moved the score to 18-14. Indiana State scored the next two points, only to have kills from McGinnis and Heeres extend the advantage back to four at 20-16.

After two more Heeres kills helped push the score to 23-18, kills from ISU's Stacy Qualizza and Loni Mackinson cut the lead to two at 23-21 and forced a BSU timeout. A kill from Brandl after the break gave BSU set-point, while an Indiana State attack error ended the set at 25-22.

The teams battled to an 8-8 stalemate to open the third game, before a Marx kill and back-to-back Brandl blasts helped Ball State gain momentum and a three-point lead at 11-8. Brandl and Heeres combined for a block assist on the next play, forcing an early timeout from the Sycamores.

Ball State added the next two points after the pause in the game, upping their advantage to six at 14-8. The Cardinals would not let down from there, eventually winning the set 25-18 on a Rio service ace.

The Ball State women's volleyball team concludes play in the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic later this evening, with a 7 p.m. (CT) showdown with the host SIU-Edwardsville Cougars.

Bowling Green 3, IUPUI 0
East Lansing, Mich. - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team earned its first win of the 2010 season with a 25-23, 25-15, 27-25 victory over IUPUI in the team's final match of the MSU Showcase Saturday afternoon.

Senior Noelle Spitler, who was named to the MSU Showcase All-Tournament Team, had a career-high 13 kills with a .524 attack percentage as Bowling Green hit .283 for the match and held IUPUI to just a .120 swing percentage. The Jaguars had more attack errors than kills through the first two sets until posting 16 kills with just two errors in the third.

Bowling Green, on the other hand, shook off some of its attack troubles of the first two matches of the weekend with just eight errors in the last two sets. After hitting .094 in the first, the Falcons went for a .345 percentage in the second and .395 in the third.

Freshmen Danielle Tonyan and Paige Penrod combined for 21 kills and only six errors as the rookies played like veterans. Senior Sam Fish directed the offense with 29 assists and added a team-high 12 digs on the defensive side of the ball. BGSU held a 41-39 edge in digs for the match, getting 11 from freshman Laura Avila.

Bowling Green turned around a three-point deficit in the first set with a 7-1 run that put the Falcons on top 19-16. BGSU looked to be in control when IUPUI called a timeout after an attacker error that gave the Orange and Brown a 23-18 lead. But the Jaguars scored three in a row and scored two more after a Spitler kill to make it 24-23. But IUPUI had a service error and the Falcons escaped with a 25-23 win.

The second set was tied at 3-3 but three Tonyan kills helped BGSU build a six-point lead at 10-4. The Falcons continued to extend the lead and scored the final three points of the set for a 25-15 win.

The third set was tight throughout and neither team took more than a two-point lead for the entire frame. IUPUI got a service ace to take a 24-23 lead but Tonyan and Penrod had back-to-back kills before an IUPUI kill that tied it at 25-25. Penrod added another kill and Fish finished it with a kill for the 27-25 win.

IUPUI falls to 0-3 with the loss and Bowling Green improves to 1-2. The Falcons will have the week off before competing in the Florida Invitational against Florida, Colorado State and Albany Friday and Saturday.

Evansville 3, Bowling Green 0
East Lansing, Mich. - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team lost its second match at the MSU Showcase, losing to Evansville 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 Saturday morning. The Falcons will play one more match in the tournament, meeting IUPUI at 4:30 this afternoon.

Senior Noelle Spitler tied her career high with 12 kills and freshman Danielle Tonyan added 11 but the Falcons were hampered by attack errors throughout. Bowling Green had more kills than Evansville through the first two sets but had 20 attack errors to just six for the Purple Aces.

Tonyan was dominant in the opening set, picking up six of her kills during the frame, but the Falcons fell behind by as many as 11 points before rallying late. With BGSU trailing 19-9, Tonyan had five kills during a 6-2 Falcons' run that cut the deficit to six. Bowling Green cut the lead to five points on three more occasions but Evansville closed out the set with a block for the 25-19 win.

In the second set, Evansville used an 8-0 run early to take a 9-3 lead and the Purple Aces never looked back for the 25-17 win. Evansville never trailed in the third set, building a quick 9-4 lead and the Falcons got no closer than four points the rest of the way.

After recording just 14 digs in a season-opening loss to Michigan State Friday night, Bowling Green was much better defensively against Evansville, posting 46 digs. Freshmen Paige Penrod and Ashley Dunn had 12 each and junior Susie Isphording added five. Laura Avila and Sam Fish split time at setter, handing out 11 and 10 assists respectively.

Now 0-2, Bowling Green will face IUPUI to conclude the weekend. IUPUI lost to Evansville in three sets Friday night and is 0-1 before an early afternoon match with Michigan State.

Buffalo 3, Youngstown State 0
MORGANTOWN, WV - The University at Buffalo volleyball team got their 2010 season off on the right foot Saturday morning as the Bulls swept Youngstown State, 3-0, in the opening game of the WVU Mountaineer Classic.

Playing with six newcomers the Bulls got off to a slow start in the first set, but the sign of any good team is being able come back from those deficits. The Bulls trailed by as many as seven points in the opening set, being down 18-11, but six straight UB points put it back within 18-17. YSU would increase its lead once again going up 24-20 and sitting on match point, however the Bulls made sure that the Penguins never got there. UB scored six straight points to take the opening set, 26-24.

The Bulls continued their offensive attack in the second set, hitting .312 en route to a 25-20 victory in the set. The Bulls never trailed in the set, including leads of 15-7 and 18-12. A 21-15 lead for the Bulls forced YSU to use its second timeout of the set. The Bulls were able to close it out with back-to-back kills from freshman Christine Fritsche.

In the third set UB was able to overcome an early deficit to take the set 25-16. The Penguins scored the first four points of the set and six of the first eight points. The Bulls followed it up with six straight points, beginning a 15-3 run. UB led 17-9 and never looked back, ending the match on back-to-back kills from senior Kayla Govier.

The Bulls finished the match with four players picking up at least seven kills. Senior Kristin Bignell led the way with nine kills, while Fritsche and fellow freshman Dana Musil each picked up eight kills. Junior Abby Niekamp finished with seven kills and just two errors on 13 kills. Senior Kayla Govier recorded six kills as well for the Bulls. Senior Lindsey Schlegel and freshman Dani Reinert both saw action running the offense, finishing the opener with 21 assists and 15 assists, respectively.

Fritsche led the way with nine digs, while Musil, junior Heather Pyle and freshman Kelly Svoboda each had six digs.

UB is back in action tonight when it plays the host Mountaineers at 7:00 pm.

West Virginia 3, Buffalo 1
MORGANTOWN, WV - The University at Buffalo volleyball team split its opening day matches, falling to West Virginia on Saturday night, 3-1. The loss evens UB's record to 1-1 on the season, following this morning's 3-0 win over Youngstown State.

The Mountaineers took the match 26-28, 25-13, 25-22, 26-24 as they outhit the Bulls .215 to .084. UB did win the opening set after holding off a late West Virginia rally to win 28-26. The Mountaineers had an easy victory in the second set, but UB fought to the end in both the third and fourth sets.

The Mountaineers led by as much as 16-9 in the third set before the Bulls would pull within 18-17. It is as close as UB got in the set, falling 25-22. In the fourth set the Bulls overcame an early West Virginia lead, taking a 16-15 advantage. Down 23-19, the Bulls scored three straight points before West Virginia had its first match point at 24-22. Two straight UB points tied the match up at 24, but the Mountaineers finished the match with the next two points.

Senior Kristin Bignell had 11 kills and just one error on 25 swings, while freshman Christine Fritsche recorded her first double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs. Freshman Dana Musil just missed her first career double-double with nine kills and 10 digs.

Freshman Kelly Svoboda finished with a career-high 25 digs, while senior Lindsey Schlegel recorded 25 assists, nine digs and three service aces. As a team, the Bulls recorded 10 service aces in the match.

The Bulls conclude play at the West Virginia Classic tomorrow morning when they face Howard at 11:00 am.

Purdue 3, Central Michigan 0
Western Kentucky 3, Central Michigan 0

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A tough day defensively against a pair of tough opponents led to a pair of losses to wrap up the Central Michigan volleyball team's weekend at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier at Holloway Gymnasium on Saturday.

Purdue (2-0) hit .474 in a three-set sweep and Western Kentucky (1-2) connected at a .349 clip to hand the Chippewas (0-3) a pair of losses.

"We played three very good teams this weekend, and we never really reached the level of play we expect from ourselves," head coach Erik Olson said. "We found out a lot about ourselves and what we need to work on. We had some moments of brilliance, but not often enough against the caliber of competition we were playing against."

Senior Lauren Krupsky earned all-tournament honors after finishing with 29 kills (2.90/set) on the weekend. She also added three blocks and two aces.

"We had some players take turns being great this weekend, but we couldn't get everyone playing well at the same time," Olson said. "We need to make better choices offensively and we're still sorting out our roles defensively, but we'll need to play better going forward."

CMU looks to rebound next weekend, when it travels to the Youngstown State Invitational on Sept. 3-4.

Boilermakers Rough Up Chippewas, 3-0
Purdue handed Central Michigan its second loss of the season in a sweep thanks to a breakout offensive performance, 25-16, 25-11, 25-8.

The Boilermakers hit .474 for the match and held the Chippewas' offense in check at .107, in part thanks to nine PU blocks.

Lauren Krupsky finished with 10 kills to pace CMU, while Ariel Turner led all attackers with 17 kills for PU.

Krupsky and Kaitlyn Schultz combined for 15 kills and hit .333 in the match, but the rest of the Central Michigan offense hit -.119.

Catherine Ludwig finished with 19 assists, and freshman setter Kelly Maxwell made her collegiate debut, adding four assists.

Freshman Jenna Coates led CMU with seven digs. Carly Cramer led all players with 10 for PU. Schultz and Val DeWeerd each had three blocks for the Maroon and Gold.

Hilltoppers Hand Chippewas Third Opening-Weekend Loss
Western Kentucky had three players finish with double-figure kill totals in a diverse offensive attack that Central Michigan couldn't solve in a 3-1 setback (25-18, 18-25, 25-9, 25-16).

Lauren Krupsky (11 kills) and Val DeWeerd (10) combined for half of CMU's offensive production, but WKU benefited from Emily Teegarden's match-best 13 kills, as well as 10 from Jordyn Skinner and Lindsay Williams.

DeWeerd hit .318 for the Chippewas, but the rest of the squad hit just .071 as the Maroon and Gold's offense struggled to gain footing. The Hilltoppers connected at a .349 pace.

Catherine Ludwig finished with 31 assists for CMU and Melanie Stutsman had 34 for WKU.

Western Kentucky's Sarah Rogers led all players with 15 digs, while Kelsey Detweiler's 11 paced Central Michigan.

The first set was tied at 18, but a pair of WKU blocks sparked a 7-0 run to close out the frame. CMU answered back by controlling most of the second set to even it up at one apiece, but the Hilltoppers dominated the final two frames, hitting .565 in the third set and .448 in the final frame.

Eastern Michigan 3, Sam Houston State 0
Eastern Michigan 3, Marist 0

HUNTSVILLE, Texas ( -- The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team claimed the title of the 35th Annual Comfort Suites Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28, at Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Sam Houston State University. The Eagles were the only undefeated team in the tournament after sweeping the host Bearkats (25-15, 32-30, 25-15) and Marist College (25-16, 25-20, 25-18) on the final day.

The invitational title marks the first for EMU since 2008 when the squad took home the Bash in the Boro Championship, Sept. 12-13, in Statesboro, Ga.. During that weekend the Green and White defeated Charleston Southern (3-1), UNC Wilmington (3-0) and Georgia Southern (3-2).

Eastern Michigan improved to 4-0 on the young season and is perfect through four matches for the first-time since the 2005 campaign when the Green and White opened with a 5-0 mark.

Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) picked up right where she finished the 2009 campaign, powering home a team-best 54 kills and 68.0 points on the weekend. For her effort, the Plymouth, Mich. native as selected the tournament's MVP. On the weekend, Iaquaniello posted double-digit kills in every match, including a season-high 15 put-a-ways versus SHSU.

Junior setter Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) collected All-Tournament accolades, finishing with 168 set assists, 35 digs, nine total blocks, eight kills and six service aces in the 13 sets played. Mason's best match came in the season-opener against Prairie View, Aug. 28, posting 36 assists, nine digs, four blocks and three kills in a match that lasted just an hour.

Eastern Michigan looks to equal its entire win-total from 2009 Friday-Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at the Bucknell Tournament in Lewisburg, Pa. EMU takes on the host Bison, Sept. 3, followed by matches against Iona, Sept. 4, and Providence, Sept. 4.

Eastern Michigan 3, Sam Houston State 0
In the morning contest, Eastern Michigan fought off a determined Sam Houston in a 62-point second set on the way to a 25-15 32-30 25-15 victory over the Bearkats.

Iaquaniello and freshman Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) led EMU with 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Carli Kolbe was the Kats' top scorer with 10 kills.

Down one set, Sam Houston had three chances to even the match at a set apiece serving with lead of 25-24 26-25 and 29-28 but the Eagles had an answer every time.

Sam Houston's front line came up with nine blocks with Kim Black taking part in six and Kelli Stewart four. EMU played almost error-free ball with only 18 miscues in 121 attempts for a .240 team hitting percentage on the way to victory.

Eastern Michigan 3, Marist 0
Iaquaniello powered 14 kills in 28 attempts as the Eagles wrapped up the tournament title with a three-set win over Marist.

EMU totaled 46 kills in 99 attempts with only 16 errors for a .303 team hitting percentage. Marist, which finished fourth in the event with a 1-3 record, was led by Grace Hill with eight kills.

Kent State 3, Norfolk State 0
Kent State 3, Navy 0

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Kent State volleyball team finished its first weekend of competition strong, knocking off Navy in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-21) sweep and downing Norfolk State, 3-1 (25-11, 20-25, 25-23, 25-16), today (Aug. 28) in the Spartan Classic.

The Golden Flashes (3-1) took three of their four matches at Joseph Echols Hall on the Norfolk State campus this weekend, sweeping Providence College for its first season opening victory since 2007 before falling to UNC Greensboro on Friday (Aug. 27). Junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) was named to the Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team after posting 34 kills and five service aces in the season opening tournament.

Kent State 3, Navy 0
KSU came out attacking and rolled to a sweep of the Midshipmen.

The Golden Flashes (2-1) posted an attack percentage of .326 for the match and set the tone in the first set with a 12-point triumph over the Midshipmen in which KSU hit .464. Sophomore Zuzana Markova (Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic) dished out 24 assists for the second time in as many days and tallied a career-high five service aces. Junior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) and sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) led the way with eight kills apiece while Larsen chipped in seven.

Larsen set the pace by opening the first set with a kill. Navy tied things up courtesy of a service error, but it was all Flashes from there on out the rest of the set. Kent State extended its advantage to 21-9 after back-to-back kills by Brivule and Paskert. Navy answered back with four straight kills but a service error and an attack error by the Midshipmen set the stage for freshman Zane Malasevska (Riga, Latvia) and Markova to close the set out with a kill and a service ace, respectively.

The Flashes and Midshipmen wrestled back and forth for the lead in the early going of the second set before Paskert broke a four-all tie with a kill and gave the Flashes the lead for good. Navy continued to nip at KSU's heels, though, pulling the score to 15-14, but a service error and four straight attack errors unraveled its comeback efforts.

Navy seemed determined to deny Kent State of a sweep in the third set, staying step-for-step with the Flashes. Clinging to 20-19 edge, KSU took advantage of a service error and three straight attack errors, the last of which was finished off by a block by Larsen and senior Celia Sabo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). Larsen then clinched the match victory with a kill.

Kent State 3, Norfolk State 0
KSU's match with the host Spartans was highlighted by another strong first set by the Flashes, one in which the squad hit .481. The Flashes responded to some adversity after losing the second set by five, snatching a two-point victory in set three and finishing off NSU with a six-point win in the fourth.

Brivule led the way offensively by registering a personal season-best 12 kills with Sabo (9) and Paskert (8) rounding out the attack. Markova set the offense up with a team season-high 32 assists. Larsen and senior Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) both recorded double-digit digs with 11 and 10, respectively.

The Spartans tied the opening set at four-all with a kill, but three kills by Sabo highlighted a string of nine straight points by the Flashes. KSU closed out the set with a 12-6 scoring run.

NSU responded in the second set by breaking a 20-all tie with five straight points to even the match up.

The third set was another nail biter. A ball handling error by the Flashes gave the Spartans a 23-22 lead and forced Kent State to take a timeout. KSU answered the challenge as an attack error that was finished off by a block by Markova and Brivule knotted the score again. Another NSU attack error followed by a Larsen service ace clinched the set win for the Golden Flashes.

Runs of seven and five consecutive points in the fourth set allowed Kent State to keep NSU at bay and end the Spartan Classic with two straight match victories.

Kent State opens its home slate of matches Tuesday (Aug. 31) when it welcomes Pittsburgh to the M.A.C. Center.

Memphis 3, Miami 1
NASHVILLE - Despite a career high 16 kills from junior middle hitter and All-Tournament member Cassie Farrell, the Miami RedHawks dropped a wild match, 1-3 (24-26, 31-29, 20-25, 22-25), to Memphis to conclude the Belmont Invitational Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 2-1.

The game was head coach Carolyn Condit's 1,000th as a head coach. She is only the 10th volleyball coach in NCAA history to reach that mark while coaching exclusively in Division I. Her career record now stands at 571-429.

It did not start out well for Miami in set one as it found itself behind quickly at 8-14. Two kills each from Farrell, Michelle Mangia and Jenn Caylor helped pull the RedHawks within two at 16-18. Farrell continued the attack with two more kills as Miami was eventually able to tie the set up at 22. Memphis scored the next two points to create set point, but Colleen Loftus answered with a kill and a service ace to retie the score at 24. Unfortunately for the Red and White, the Tigers were able to record the next two points and capture the set, 26-24.

Tied at seven in set two, Lisa Treadway recorded two consecutive aces, while Amy Kendall and Michele Metzler teamed up on a block to give Miami a 10-7 lead. The RedHawks increased the advantage to 21-13, helped by two kills each from Loftus and Amy Raseman. A 10-2 run by Memphis tied the score up at 23. The teams traded points as Miami had four opportunities to win the set, while the Tigers had two of their own. Finally, with the score tied at 29, Caylor recorded a kill off a Kendall assist. Kendall and Metzler then recorded the double block on the next point to give the RedHawks a 31-29 win.

The big run for Memphis is set three came with the score tied at eight. The Tigers proceeded to go on a 10-3 run that gave them their largest advantage of the set at 18-11. Farrell helped Miami make a run with three kills as the RedHawks got as close as 16-21. With the score 24-18 in favor of Memphis, Madison Dodd helped fight off set point by recording her first career kill off of a Kendall assist. Loftus was able to score the next point on a kill, but the Tigers then responded with a kill of their own to earn a 25-20 victory.

Miami fell behind, 4-11, in set four. After a timeout to regroup, two kills each from Metzler and Raseman, as well as kills from Metzler and Christina Menche sparked a 9-4 run that pulled the RedHawks to within two at 13-15. With Memphis ahead, 19-16, a double block by Farrell and Loftus, a service ace by Farrell and a setting error by the Tigers tied the set at 19. Memphis was able to retake the lead at 22-20, but Loftus and Caylor responded with kills to retie the score at 22. The Tigers followed by taking the next three points to win the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-1.

Farrell was the leading hitter for the team, hitting .481 for the match. Caylor had her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. Loftus nearly had a double-double of her own, contributing nine kills and 10 digs. Treadway led the RedHawks with 15 digs and Kendall had 32 assists.

Miami returns to action next weekend when it participates in the Kentucky Classic. On Saturday, Sept. 3, the RedHawks will face the host, 14th-ranked Kentucky, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 4, Miami will take on Ohio State at 1 p.m. and USF at 5:30 p.m. The home-opener for the RedHawks is Wednesday, Sept. 8, when the Red and White welcomes Wright State to Millett Hall for a 7 p.m. match.

Miami 3, Jacksonville State 0
NASHVILLE - The RedHawk volleyball team earned its first victory of the season with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) over Jacksonville State Saturday morning at the Belmont Invitational. Miami is now 1-1 on the young season, while the Gamecocks fall to 1-1.

It was a good sign for the RedHawks early when Lisa Treadway recorded an ace on the very first point of the first set. Two kills from Colleen Loftus, along with kills from Jenn Caylor and Treadway helped Miami expand the lead to 9-3. Jacksonville State would get as close as 13-15, but a kill from setter Michelle Mangia, along with a double block from Loftus and Michele Metzler started a 6-1 run that made the score 21-14 and put the set out of reach. Miami won the set, 25-18, after the Gamecocks recorded a service error on the final point.

Set two was very competitive early as neither team could establish a lead of more than three points. With the score tied at 13, a double block from Cassie Farrell and Mangia, along with kills from Loftus, Mangia and Metzler were part of an 8-2 run that gave the RedHawks a 21-15 advantage. Jacksonville State scored five of the next six points to pull within two at 20-22. Miami responded by forcing the Gamecocks into an attack error, and closing the set out with kills from Caylor and Mangia.

Trailing 7-10 in the third set, a kill from Loftus and a double block from Metzler and Amy Raseman were part of a 4-0 run that gave the RedHawks the lead. A 10-6 run by Jacksonville State gave the lead back to the Gamecocks at 20-17. Kills by Raseman and Metzler, along with a service ace by Jackie Lang helped tie the match back up at 21. With the score tied at 22, Jacksonville State committed a service error. On the next serve, Cassie Farrell recorded a solo block to set up match point. Caylor then finished the 25-22 win and the 3-0 sweep with a kill.

Caylor led Miami with 10 kills, while Metzler contributed nine. Mangia had a very strong game as the starting setter, recorded eight kills, 27 assists, six digs and two blocks. Loftus led the RedHawks with 10 digs. Miami hit .232 for the match, while holding the Gamecocks to a .154 hitting percentage.

The RedHawks conclude play at the Belmont Invitational later Saturday with a 4:30 p.m. (EDT) match against Memphis. The match is the 1,000th of Coach Carolyn Condit's career as she will become only the 10th coach all-time to reach that mark while exclusively coaching NCAA Division I volleyball.

Northern Illinois 3, College of Charleston 2
Northern Illinois 3, South Dakota 0

DeKALB, Ill. - After losing just one set in its first three matches of the 2010 season, including a sweep of South Dakota to start the day, the Northern Illinois volleyball team found itself in a dog fight to claim the NIU Invitational crown over the College of Charleston with an thrilling five-set victory Saturday at Victor E. Court.

"I'm excited about the outcome for multiple reasons," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden, who swept the NIU Invitational for the fourth time, improving to 30-11 in the tournament since 2002. "First, because we were able to battle against such a quality opponent like Jason Kepner's College of Charleston team; Next, because we played quality volleyball; Lastly, because we played really good team volleyball."

Three of the five sets against the 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifiers took extra points to settle as the Huskies (4-0) only won the first of the three with a 26-24 win in Set One. NIU dominated the second set, 25-15, and dominated most of the third set with a 20-15 lead at one point, but couldn't put away the Cougars (3-1), who clawed their way to a 27-25 win. The Cougars then come up on the right end of a 33-31 fourth set that took a combined 14 extra points to decide.

After the exhausting fourth stanza, the Huskies regrouped and kept their energy flowing in the fifth set. Trailing 3-0, NIU mounted an 8-3 run to take an 8-6 lead at the turn after a kill by Sarah Angelos. Following a timeout by C of C after the turn, the Cougars scored on a kill from Whitney Russell, but that was the last point they would score. The Huskies then ripped of the final seven points of the match, including three kills by Angelos. The freshman started the run and ended it with back-to-back put-aways.

"The fifth set, like the entire match, had ebb and flow," said Gooden. "It was great for our team to make a very strong push at the end that seemed to break the will of the Cougars."

A balanced attack helped key the Huskies to the win as five players notched 10 or more kills. Freshman Lauren Wicinski led the way with 22, sophomore Mary Kurisch had 16, junior Allison McGlaughlin had 14, Angelos totaled 12, and sophomore Meghan Romo registered 11. Because of the even attack, junior Kristin Hoffman tallied a career-high 67 assists.

"I was really impressed with our ability to not get locked into one particular thing," Gooden said. "All of our attackers made themselves available and knew that they were capable of making the plays necessary to give us points."

In the first match of the day, NIU used a fast-paced offensive attack to fluster the Coyotes (2-2). The Huskies hit .366 as a team, tallied 42 kills to USD's 28, and had 11 aces while the Coyotes had none. Consequently, South Dakota hit .144 as a team and had just 23 digs, compared to NIU's 41. In the 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 decision, Wicinski (15) and Kurisch (10) both reached double digits in kills.
"In that match, we wanted to pass the ball well enough so that we could run our offense at a pretty rapid pace," Gooden said. "We also wanted to step up our serve to put pressure on their team because in-system they were dynamic as well."

"As a group we are convinced that serving and passing are two of the most important parts of the game," Gooden said of his team that out-aced opponents 35-7 this weekend. "The best teams in the country do both skills efficiently and aggressively. So it was nice for our team to have a positive weekend doing those things."

For the tournament, the rookie duo of Wicinski and Angelos proved to a big asset for the NIU offense. Wicinski led the team with 86.5 points, 63 kills, and a whopping 18 aces, which led to an all-tournament selection. Angelos led the team in hitting percentage with a .458 mark, totaling 31 kills on 59 swings with only four errors, while also ranking second with nine blocks.

"It was great to see both of those girls have positive first weekends," said Gooden. "We are excited about their potential and it was great to see them put some of their hard work in practice on the court in matches."

The two other Huskies who received all-tournament nods were Kurisch and Maddie Hughes. Kurisch led the team with 10 blocks, ranked second with 50.5 points and 44 kills, and hit .446. Hughes anchored the defense with a team-best 66 digs and had just one reception error in 54 attempts.

"I thought Maddie did a really good job as a leader of our defense," Gooden said. "And I thought Mary had a real solid first weekend as a sophomore. She's improved tremendously since last fall. Lauren goes without saying. Those three get the individual recognition, but I really do believe our team did some really good things as a whole."

The tournament championship for the Huskies gave them their first 4-0 start since 2003.

"Our group has set their goals pretty high," said Gooden. "It was great for our team to get off to a solid start at home, to put ourselves in a spot to play in the championship tonight, and to defeat an experienced and very talented College of Charleston team."

NIU returns to action Tuesday with another home match at Victor E. Court as the Huskies will take on the Bradley Braves at 7 p.m. CT.

Ohio 3, North Dakota 2
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team rallied to knock off North Dakota State this afternoon, 3-2 (25-18, 15-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-7). Sue Jacobi led the Bobcat attack with a career-high 29 kills.

"I give our team a ton of credit," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "We played great in sets four and five against [North Dakota State] and that really shows the determination and grit of this team."

With the match tied at two games apiece, Ohio jumped out to a 6-1 lead on two attack errors, two Jacobi kills and two aces by Michelle Jantsch. Ohio still led by five, 10-5, before a NDSU attack error, a kill by Jacobi, an ace from Nicole Staverman and kills from Katie Post to end the match for a Green & White victory. The 'Cats hit a match-high .467 during the fifth and final set.

Trailing two sets to one, the Bobcats grabbed a 13-11 lead midway through the fourth set and still led 19-17 when they strung together three successive points to grab their biggest advantage of the set. Kills from Post, Jacobi and an ace from Staverman moved Ohio out to a 22-17 lead and a NDSU service error followed by kills from Jacobi and Mandy Nichols evened the match, 2-2. Seven Bobcats had seven kills in the set, paced by Jacobi's six.

Jacobi finished with 30 points (29 kills, .328 hitting percentage) and Post finished with 16.5 points (12 kills). Nichols added six kills while Jantsch had a match-high 44 assists. She and Jacobi paced the Bobcats with 14 and 12 digs apiece. Post led Ohio with two block solos and Jantsch, along with Staverman, recorded three service aces.

"Obviously, Sue was outstanding today with her 29 kills," Theis added. "In a match where aces and blocks were difficult to come by we needed as many points from her as possible and she delivered. Also, even though it didn't show on the score sheet, Meryl Bender served well during our rallies and also defended well today for us. Her command on the floor as a leader was clearly evident."

The Bobcats took the first set 25-18 after hitting .344 and getting six kills from Jacobi and five kills from Post. Ohio slowly pulled away through the set and took their largest lead at the very end at 24-17 on block assists from Post and Jantsch.

The Bison took sets two and three to gain an advantage in the match. All-Summit League performers Lauren McLaughlin and Brynn Joki each had three kills in the second set, before each duplicating the feat in the third set and getting five kills from Brooke VandenBergh. McLaughlin and VandenBergh each paced the Bison with 10 kills each over the five sets.

"North Dakota State played really well in the second and third set," Theis said. "They forced us into bad positions and we struggled with that. They're a really good team. They were undefeated (34-0) in their conference the last two years and they have their hitters and setter back from last season's team. They played today like they were in mid-season form."

The Bobcats return to the court tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. against Louisville at Cardinal Arena.

Toledo 3, No. 12 Michigan 2

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (3-0) captured the Rocket Classic for a second-straight year with a come-from-behind 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, 17-15) triumph on Saturday evening over No. 12 Michigan (2-1). UT now holds a 24-7 (.774) win-loss mark in the event and has won the event six times in the tournament's nine-year existence.

Tournament MVP and junior S Kassie Kadera dished out 45 assists in addition to collecting 10 digs to lead the Rockets to the historic win. Freshman OH Lauren Rafdal led the Rockets with 13 kills and five blocks, while senior libero Katie Westerfeld collected a match-high 30 digs. Rafdal and Westerfeld were each named to the all-tournament team. Freshman MB Dakota Harkins also played a big part in the victory with a team-best .333 ATK%, 10 kills and five blocks.

All-tournament team selections Lexi Zimmerman (56 assists, 20 digs, six kills) and Alex Hunt (24 kills, 13 digs, four blocks) paced the Wolverines, who lost to the Rockets for the first time in school history.

UT had three match points with a 14-11 lead in the fifth set but Michigan rallied to score four straight points and take a 15-14 advantage. The Rockets didn't falter though as they closed out the match on kills from sophomore MB Bethany Irwin, freshman OH Becca Reidy and a block from Irwin and Reidy.

Michigan controlled the first set jumping out to a 10-4 advantage and never trailed. The closest UT came the rest of the way was within four points as the Wolverines limited the Rockets to a .026 attack percentage.

Toledo regrouped in the second set thanks to the play of Harkins, who posted four kills and a .417 ATK%. Neither team led by two or more points until the Rockets took a 17-13 advantage on a Harkins kill. A pair of aces from junior OH Amber DeWeerdt extended the Midnight Blue and Gold's lead to 20-15, and UT was able to keep the visitors at bay the remainder of the set.

The Rockets maintained their momentum in the third set by taking a 3-0 advantage. Michigan rallied to even the score at 4-4 and the tight play continued the rest of the set. Neither team could manage to take more than a two-point lead the rest of the way. Michigan had two match points, but UT was able to tie the score at 24-24 on kills from sophomore MB Bailey Blank and Kadera. The Wolverines answered back though with a block and a Hunt kill to take a 2-1 advantage. Rafdal led UT in the set with five kills.

Toledo wouldn't give up in the fourth set though, even when it fell behind 13-7. The Rockets gradually chipped away at their deficit and eventually tied the score at 17-17 on a Harkins kill. The Wolverines scored the next two points following a timeout, but UT answered back with a five-point run sparked by Harkins' two kills and three blocks. Michigan closed to within a point at 23-22 but a Rafdal kill and an ace from freshman OH Jordan Kielty sent the match to the climactic fifth set.

Toledo 3, Binghamton 0
TOLEDO, OH - A balanced offense was key for Toledo (2-0) on Saturday morning in the Rockets' 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14) triumph over Binghamton in the Rocket Classic. UT will face No. 12 Michigan (2-0) in the tournament's championship match in Savage Arena tonight at 7:00 p.m. as both teams are both undefeated.

Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt paced Toledo's attack with nine kills with freshman OH Becca Reidy collecting seven kills. Freshman OH Lauren Rafdal and sophomore MB Bethany Irwin each recorded six kills with sophomore MB Bailey Blank notching five terminations.

Junior S Kassie Kadera dished out 31 assists to help the Rockets post a .257 attack mark, while senior libero Katie Westerfeld tallied a match-best 16 digs.

Michele McDonough topped the Bearcats offensively with nine kills as UT limited the visitors to a .055 attack percentage.

DeWeerdt spearheaded UT's first-set victory with six kills and a .308 ATK%. Holding an 11-9 advantage, the Rockets took control with five straight points to take a seven-point lead and never look back.

Toledo fell behind 4-0 early in the fourth set but quickly regrouped with a 9-1 spurt to take a 15-9 lead. The Rockets' offense was balanced in the set with five players notching either two or more kills.

UT enjoyed its best offensive showing of the match with a .345 attack mark in the third set as seven different Rockets tallied kills. Toledo never trailed and assumed control when five straight points led to a comfortable 10-4 margin.

No. 28 Ohio State 3, Western Michigan 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Western Michigan volleyball dropped its first match of the season, 3-1 (25-14, 17-25, 25-18, 25-12), at Ohio State, ranked No. 28 in the AVCA Coaches Top Poll, at St. John Arena on Saturday morning.

The Broncos (1-1) were led by freshman Gillian Asque with 13 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Jessica Brown had 11 kills. Freshman Lena Oliver led all players with 18 digs, while senior Allyson Doyle had 10 digs and eight kills. Junior setter Sam Viox compiled 34 assists, seven digs and three kills against the Buckeyes (2-0).

Western Michigan was held to .129 hitting, while the Buckeyes hammered 60 kills and hit .364. The Broncos had six more digs (48-42), but were out-blocked (9.0-3.0). The Broncos had three aces and one error, while Ohio State had 11 aces, countered by 12 service misses.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't play the way we can play the entire match," head coach Colleen Munson said. "We had moments where we fought and things went our way, but couldn't produce enough of our own rallies."

The Broncos started slow as Ohio State scored 15 of the first 21 points to build a nine-point edge, 15-6. OSU missed a serve followed by kills from Asque and Brown to cut into the lead, 15-9, and force Ohio State to call timeout. The Buckeyes scored the next three points to go back up nine, 18-9, and went on to take the opening set, 25-14, on a back row kill by Katie Dull.

Western Michigan couldn't slow Ohio State as it hit .464 with 14 kills, while WMU had only eight kills and seven errors to hit .040. Gossen, Brown and Doyle each had two kills in the set.

The Broncos continued to struggle as they fell behind by five, 9-4, to open the second set. A kill by Gossen, ace by Viox and attack error by the Buckeyes pulled WMU within two, 9-7, but OSU went back up by five, 13-8, after a pair of blocks. The teams traded points to keep OSU up five, 14-9, when Brown had back-to-back kills and OSU hit the net to cut the lead to two, 14-12. Ohio State put away a kill to slow WMU, but the Broncos got two kills from Viox and an assisted block as part of a 6-0 run to take the lead, 18-15. The lead eventually ballooned to six, 24-18, after a kill by Doyle and assitted block by Doyle and Turnage.

The Buckeyes staged a six-point rally to tie the score, 24-24, until Asque narrowly skidded an attack off Ohio State fingertips to put WMU in front, 25-24. The Buckeyes scored on the next point for the sixth tie of the set, but Brown had a kill and Doyle's strong serve forced OSU into an attack error on set point, 27-25.

The Broncos improved to .250 hitting with 17 kills, while OSU had another 14 kills, but eight errors to hit .154. Brown and Asque each had five kills in the set.

Western Michigan struggled out of the gate for the third set in a row and fell behind by seven, 14-7, and eventually the deficit grew to nine, 21-12. The Broncos made a late rally with a 4-1 run, including three Asque kills, to force Ohio State into timeout up by five, 22-17. The Buckeyes answered with three of the next four points to win the set, 25-18, and regain the lead, 2-1, in the match.

Western Michigan hit .241 in the set with 14 kills and seven errors, but Ohio State's offense picked back up to .452 with 16 kills and two errors. Asque had five more kills in the set, while Oliver had a match-high six digs in the third set.

WMU scored the first two points of the fourth as Ohio State hit its first serve in the net and Doyle hit an ace. The Buckeyes came back with the next eight points before WMU scored three in a row, 8-5, to stay within three. The Buckeyes quickly regained momentum with a 13-4 run to take a 21-9 lead before an Asque kill and OSU error stopped the run. The deficit proved to be too large and Ohio State put the Broncos away, 25-12.

The Broncos hit .-077 in the final set with a mere four kills and six errors, while Ohio State took care of business with 16 kills and hit .452.

Western Michigan 3, Pittsburgh 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Western Michigan volleyball knocked off Pittsburgh, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21), at St. John Arena in its final match in Ohio for the weekend.

The Broncos (2-1) added a victory over the Panthers (0-2) of the Big East to their win over Arizona State of the Pac-10 on Friday. Pitt finished second in the Big East in 2009.

Freshman Gillian Asque led the way with a match-high 13 kills and four digs, while junior Ashley Turnage hit .500 with nine kills and four digs. Senior Allyson Doyle hit .444 for eight kills and match-high 13 digs, while freshman Ali Gossen hit .389 with eight kills and five digs. Sophomore Jessica Brown added nine kills hitting .471 with a match-high three blocks.

Junior Sam Viox directed the offense to a .349 attack percentage with 44 assists and freshman Lena Oliver added 11 digs.
WMU's defense held Pitt to .194 hitting with 50 digs and forced 17 errors.

"It was nice to see our team collect itself, refocus and come back from a disappointing outing two hours prior," head coach Colleen Munson said. "Pitt's an athletic team, but we stayed in our system and made them adjust to us. Preseason is really the time to work on our side of the net, even with an opponent on the other side of the net. I believe we made real improvements this weekend."

The Broncos climbed to a 6-3 lead, but the Panthers came back to tie the score, 9-9, after a block. A Pitt service error and Viox kill put WMU back up two, but the Panthers tied the score for the final time. Asque had two kills, Gossen put a ball away and Turnage and Viox combined on a stuff to put WMU up four, 16-12, and force Pittsburgh into a timeout.

Pitt came back within two, 18-16, but one kill by Turnage and two in a row from Doyle put WMU up four, 20-16, and forced the final Pitt timeout. WMU was unfazed and kept the run going with another Doyle kill and a block by Doyle and Brown to go up six, 22-16. The Broncos put the set away, 25-16, on a Brown blast.

WMU hit a season-high .405 in the set with 18 kills and three errors. The outside trio of Doyle, Asque and Gossen each had four kills.
Two kills by Asque sandwiched around one by Turnage put the Broncos up five, 9-4, and they were hardly threatened the rest of the second set. Doyle used a two-handed push to right back to end the set for WMU, 25-16, and put them up 2-0 for the first time in 2010.
WMU hit .258 with 14 kills, while holding the Panthers to .029 hitting with eight kills and seven errors. Asque had five more kills and Turnage added four in the second frame.

The Broncos continued to overwhelm Pittsburgh in the early going of set three and went up by six, 12-6, when Oliver punched an attack back over the net for a dig and kill on the same play. Kills by Doyle and Asque eventually put WMU up by eight, 19-11, but Pitt made one last stand. The Panthers closed within three, 22-19, on an ace and WMU called time. Gossen hammered a kill to stop the run and the team's traded points the rest of the way until Asque smashed a shot cross court to end the match, 25-21.

The Broncos hit .366 in set three with 17 kills and two errors, while holding Pitt to .250 with 16 kills and six errors.

Western Michigan plays next in its home opener on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against defending Summit League champion IPFW.