This Weekend in MAC Volleyball

Updated 9/23/2010


Thursday, September 23
Friday, September 24

Saturday, September 25
CMU at EMU, 7 p.m.
KSU at Ohio, 7 p.m.

BGSU at Akron, 7 p.m.
Miami at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Toledo at WMU, 7 p.m.
BSU at NIU, 7 p.m.

BGSU at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
BSU at WMU, 7 p.m.
KSU at EMU, 7 p.m.
Miami at Akron, 7 p.m.

Ohio at CMU, 7 p.m.
Toledo at NIU, 7 p.m.

Teams Notes

Akron Game Notes
The Zips came out of the tournament portion of the season with a perfect 3-0 mark at the Colgate Invitational beating event host, Cornell and Connecticut. Continuing to prove to be one of the most consistent players in the league, UA junior Courtney Jarvis once again led UA offensively in each game to total 53 kills on the weekend. Posting only nine errors, Jarvis totaled a .364 hitting percentage in the wins. Comparably as dominant defensively, Jarvis also grabbed 44 digs. By far, Jarvis' best game came against tournament host Colgate as she had a season-high 27 kills and 23 digs in the five set win. Akron will open up conference season at home next weekend welcoming Bowling Green and Miami (OH) to James A. Rhodes Arena.
Ball State

Ball State Game Notes
The Ball State women's volleyball team concludes its seven-match road swing and opens the 2010 Mid-American Conference season when its travels to Northern Illinois and Western Michigan this weekend. Ball State finished its 2010 regular season non-conference schedule with a 10-2 record, which is the best non-conference record for BSU since league play began in 1983. The 10 wins also tie for the most in regular season non-conference action with the 1989 squad which posted a 10-7 non-MAC slate. Ball State (10-2) posted a 3-1 record last week with wins over IPFW (3-2), Temple (3-0) and Appalachian State (3-2). The Cardinals lone loss came versus North Carolina (3-1). Entering the first weekend of Mid-American Conference play, junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl leads the team in kills per set (3.07), hitting percentage (.321) and blocks per set (0.93). Freshmen outside hitters Kylee Baker and Whitney Heeres rank second (3.05) and third (2.69), respectively, on the team in kill per set. Baker also leads the squad in aces (15) and ranks second in digs per set (2.60). In the backcourt, senior libero Alyssa Rio leads the MAC and ranks 13th nationally with her 5.52 digs per set. As a team, the Cardinals are out-hitting their opponents .207 to .136 on the year, while holding a 13.40 to 10.81 advantage in kills per set.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Game Notes
Bowling Green plays two matches this weekend to begin Mid-American Conference play on the road. On Friday, the Falcons will travel to Akron, with the match beginning at 7 p.m. The Falcons will then travel to Buffalo for their second conference game Saturday night at 5 p.m. Freshman libero Ashley Dunn was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week Monday after posting 99 digs in five matches during the past week. She averaged 4.71 digs per set with at least 16 in every match and a pair of 20-dig matches. She had a career high 26 digs against St. Francis (Pa.) and has an active string of six consecutive double-digit dig matches. Dunn currently ranks seventh in the MAC with 3.94 digs per set. So far in 2010, a .200 attack percentage has been the critical number for BGSU success. The Falcons are 4-0 when reaching that total for a match (doing so against IUPUI, Cornell, St. Francis and Robert Morris) and 1-9 when they do not.


Buffalo Game Notes
Buffalo is 12-4 overall, including an unblemished 6-0 record at home. The Bulls are hitting .228 on the year, led by 5-foot-9 freshman outside hitter Dana Musil at 2.85 kills per set. As a team, UB had a season-high 14 service aces against Bryant. Freshmen Christine Fritsche and Kelly Svoboda each had four, while Dani Reinert and Lindsey Schlegel each finished with two. Christine Fritsche and Kayla Govier were each named to the All-Tournament team at the West Point Challenge. Fritsche had a career-high 17 kills against Army, while Govier had a career-best 19 kills against Bryant. Coach Todd Kress is beginning his second season leading the Bulls to a 16-16 record last season.
 Central Michigan

Central Michigan Game Notes
The Chippewas (6-6) open league action in Ypsilanti, Mich, against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (12-3) before hosting the 2009 MAC Champion Ohio Bobcats (8-5) in the season's home opener at Finch Fieldhouse on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. Senior Lauren Krupsky paces the CMU offense at 3.65 kills/set, good for fifth in the MAC. Junior setter Catherine Ludwig ranks sixth in the conference at 10.0 assists., while freshman Jenna Coates leads the Maroon and Gold in digs at 3.1/set. Sophomore Lindsey Dulude sits fourth in the MAC in aces (0.53), while junior Kaitlyn Schultz (.310) and sophomore Val DeWeerd (.309) rank ninth and 10th in hitting percentage, respectively. The Chippewas boast the MAC's second-best offense (.233) and the 10th-ranked defense (.205).

 Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan Game Notes
The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team turns its attention towards another West Division title Thursday, Sept. 23, when it opens Mid-American Conference play against Central Michigan University. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. The Green and White have won 10 of the last 12 in conference lid-lifters dating back to a three-set victory over Central Michigan, Sept. 23, 1998. Thursday's matchup also marks the fifth time that Eagles will play the Chippewas to open conference play. The last time the teams met in the MAC opener was just last season, when CMU defeated EMU, 3-2, Sept. 25, 2009, at the Rose Center in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello has put together a breakout campaign, sitting third in the conference at 3.7 kills per set to lead the Eagles. Iaquaniello also paces EMU in aces, ranking eighth in the MAC at 0.43/set. Junior setter Ashley mason ranks third in the MAC in assists (10.6/set), and junior libero Haley Stein ranks third in the league in digs (4.85/set). Eastern Michigan sits sixth in the MAC offensively at .219 but boasts the third-best defense at .141. The Green and White also rank third in aces (1.77).

Kent State

Kent State Game Notes
The Kent State volleyball team will be tested early as it begins its quest for the program's first Mid-American Conference title, opening its MAC slate on the road this weekend at Ohio Thursday (Sept. 23) and at Eastern Michigan Saturday (Sept. 25). Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. The Golden Flashes (7-8) wrapped up non-conference action by hosting the Kent State/Mizuno Open last weekend (Sept. 17-18) at the M.A.C. Center. Junior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) leads KSU with 61 blocks (five solo, 56 assisted), followed by senior Celia Sabo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) with 42 (four solo, 38 assisted). Ohio is averaging 2.91 blocks per set, which is good for eighth in the country and first in the MAC. Brivule ranks prominently in the MAC in several statistical categories heading into conference action. She is fourth in the conference in blocks per set (1.07), fourth in points per set (4.19) and sixth in kills per set (3.37). Brivule leads the Flashes in kills (192), service aces (14) and total blocks (61).


Miami Game Notes
Michele Metzler crossed the 800 kill mark for her career this weekend, she now has 815 kills. With 18 scheduled matches remaining this season, she would need to average 10.28 kills per match to become the 19th player in Miami history to reach 1,000 kills. That average can obviously be lowered with advancement in the MAC Tournament, creating more matches to be played. Lisa Treadway is the active career leader for Miami with 539 digs. Only a sophomore as long as she can stay healthy she is on pace to become the 12th player (third as libero) in Miami history to reach 1,000 digs. 
 Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois Game Notes
The Huskies enter the week with a 14-1 overall record after going a 2-1 last week. After suffering a 3-0 setback to Wisconsin in a battle of then-unbeaten teams, NIU rebounded with victories over Youngstown State (3-0) and Iowa (3-0). The Huskies defeated DePaul Tuesday, before battling Ball State Friday. Two-time MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week Lauren Wicinski leads the team with 204 kills (4.43 kills per set) and 35 aces, while Mary Kurisch is second with 119 kills (2.70 kills per set). Kaylie Gibson leads the Huskies backcourt with 188 digs (4.18 digs per set). As a team, NIU is out-hitting its opponents .282 to .161, while averaging 14.09 kills per set compared to 10.26 for opposing teams.


Ohio Game Notes
The Bobcats took two of three matches at the TCU Nike Invitational last weekend, sweeping UAB and UTSA but falling to the host Horned Frogs. Sue Jacobi and Faith Robins were both named to the all-tournament team after finishing first and second in kills for the 'Cats. Jacobi racked up 51 kills and three more double-doubles which runs her streak to five matches. The senior picked up 25 kills and a career-high 21 digs in the match against TCU and added 13 kills and a season-high four blocks in only three games against UAB. Michelle Jantsch led Ohio with 108 assists this weekend and had a double-double with 43 assists and 20 digs against TCU. Her 20 digs was a season-high and the senior had five kills, 30 assists and four blocks against UAB. She also led the team in service aces last weekend with four. Ohio is 106-6 in MAC action since 2002 and Head Coach Ryan Theis has the highest winning percentage among active coaches in league play at 28-4 (.875). Jacobi is leading the league in kills with 217 and rank 16th nationally with 4.43 per set. The senior is second in the league with 247.5 points (15th nationally at 5.05 points per set) and is just outside the top 10 in the league with 14 service aces. Jantsch leads the ‘Cats with 15 service aces and is tied for tops in the league with 499 assists, an average of 10.18 per set. Post currently has a .307 hitting percentage is second on the team with 134 kills. The junior also ranks fifth among MAC players with 182.0 points.


Toledo Game Notes
Toledo (5-6) opens its 2010 Mid-American Conference campaign when it travels to three-time defending West Division champion Western Michigan (9-4) and Northern Illinois (13-1) this weekend. UT has dropped its last four matches, including a 3-0 home setback to Big Ten foe Michigan State that the Rockets lost by a total of seven points. Toledo had four chances to send the match to a fourth set but was turned away by the Spartans each time. Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt is leading the Rockets and is eighth in the conference with 3.17 kills per set and also ranks second on the team with 3.17 digs per set. Freshman MB Dakota Harkins and freshman OH Lauren Rafdal also have made solid contributions in their rookie campaigns. Harkins leads UT with a .265 attack percentage and is averaging 0.73 bps, while Rafdal is averaging 2.23 kps and 0.74 dps. Junior S Kassie Kadera is quarterbacking Toledo's offense and ranks fifth in the MAC with 10.20 assists per set.
 Western Michigan

Western Michigan Game Notes
The Western Michigan volleyball team begins its quest for a fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference West championship when it welcomes division rivals Toledo and Ball State to University Arena on the opening weekend of conference play. Western Michigan won the Seton Hall Invitational by defeating Northeastern, 3-0, Seton Hall, 3-1, and UMBC, 3-0. Junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage was named MVP, while being joined on the all tournament team by junior setter Sam Viox and sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown. Brown leads the team with 137 kills (3.26 kills per set), while Gillian Asque is second at 99 (2.61 kills per set). Reigning MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week Turnage leads the WMU block with 0.97 blocks per set. Lena Oliver has a team-best 214 digs for a 5.10 digs-per-set average. As a team, Western Michigan is out-hitting its opponents .220 to .183, while averaging 13.33 kills per set compared to 12.55 for opposing teams.