Eastern Michigan 3, Central Michigan 2
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Another five set loss, the second of the season to Eastern Michigan, snapped a Central Michigan four match winning streak (18-25, 25-20, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13) in Mid-American Conference action at Finch Fieldhouse on Thursday.
The Chippewas (11-12, 5-6 MAC) took advantage of a slow start by the Eagles' (22-6, 9-2 MAC) offense but fell behind 2-1 before forcing the fifth set. CMU is now 0-5 this season in five-set matches, including four losses in league play.
Junior Kaitlyn Schultz finished with a match-high 16 kills and sophomore Val DeWeerd had 15 kills, but the Chippewas hit just .167 as a team, unable to take advantage of holding the Eagles to a .179 mark thanks in part to Lisa Johnson's team-best 16 digs.
The CMU offense struggled until the fourth set, finally breaking through with a .300 hitting percentage en route to evening the match at two sets each, but EMU was able to seal the victor with a block by Kristen Baker and Erin Short for match point in the fifth set.
Rachel Iaquaniello led EMU with 13 kills, and Haley Stein had a match-best 21 digs.
CMU returns to the road to face Kent State on Saturday to wrap up crossover play. The match is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Ohio 3, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State volleyball team lost to Ohio today (Oct. 28), 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 13-25, 18-25), in a Mid-American Conference East Division match at the M.A.C. Center.
Junior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia) and sophomore Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) each recorded 11 kills to pace Kent State's offense. Freshman Aleksandra Nowak (Damnica, Poland) led the Golden Flashes (10-16, 3-8 MAC) with 30 set assists. Sophomore Kathy Krupa (Burbank, Ill.) guided the defensive charge with a team season-high six blocks (six assisted) while senior Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) contributed 12 digs.
The Flashes and Bobcats (14-10, 6-5 MAC) exchanged punches throughout much of the first set. Two kills and a service ace by Nowak, two kills by Paskert and Krupa and double blocks by senior Celia Sabo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) and Paskert and Krupa helped Kent State match Ohio point-for-point and keep things even at 19 all. A kill and a service ace put the Bobcats up by two at 21-19 and forced a Kent State timeout. Three more kills put Ohio on the brink of the set win, but a kill by Paskert and a service ace by Nowak pushed Ohio to call timeout with a 24-22 lead. That's as close as Kent State got, though, as Ohio took the match lead with a kill.
Kent State came out on the attack in the second set, opening with a 6-2 lead thanks in large part to double blocks by Larsen and Krupa and Krupa and Brivule. Ohio pulled to within three at 11-8, but kills by Paskert, Krupa and senior Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) extended Kent State's advantage to six and forced an Ohio timeout. The Bobcats answered and pulled within four at 19-15 to push the Golden Flashes into talking things over. A 6-2 run put Ohio within one at 22-21, but back-to-back kills by Brivule and one by Paskert tied the match for the Golden Flashes.
The Bobcats roared back in the third set, taking an 18-8 lead. The Flashes got within six points at 18-12, but a 7-1 run gave Ohio the 2-1 match lead.
The fourth set had a similar feel to the first as the two squads traded points. Three kills by Brivule and Paskert, two by Nowak, a service ace by Larsen and double blocks by Krupa and Nowak, Larsen and Sabo and Brivule and Krupa helped keep the score even at 17-all. The Bobcats took control from then on, though, ending the match on a 7-1 run.
The Golden Flashes are back in action 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 30) at the M.A.C. Center.