Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 11/14/2010

Saturday's MAC Volleyball Results
Toledo 3, Buffalo 0
Western Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 1 
Kent State 3, Miami 1
Ball State 3, Akron 1
Ohio 3, Bowling Green 1
Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 2

Toledo 3, Buffalo 0
TOLEDO, OH - In the final match of the regular season, the Toledo Rockets' volleyball team came away with a clean 3-0 sweep over the Buffalo Bulls. Being Senior Night, it seemed fitting that the team was led by senior libero Katie Westerfeld with 18 digs, and the match's final two points came on kills from senior OH Margot Joniec.

The victory over the Bulls (17-15, 5-11 MAC) enables the Rockets (11-16, 6-10 MAC) to host a first-round match in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament. As the No. 8 seed, UT will battle No. 9 seed Kent State (12-18, 6-10 MAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. The Rockets registered a 3-0 sweep over the Golden Flashes earlier this season in Savage Arena.

Leading Toledo in kills for the third time in the last four matches was junior OH Amber DeWeerdt with 12 terminations to go along with a .375 ATK%. Joniec, freshman OH Lauren Rafdal and sophomore MB Bethany Irwin also added six kills apiece.

Junior S Kassie Kadera led UT with 37 assists, while also adding eight digs and four kills.

Abby Niekamp topped the Bulls offensively with 14 kills and a .419 ATK%. Lindsey Schlegel and Dani Reinert both paced UB with 24 and 16 assists, respectively, while Kelly Svoboda led the team with 18 digs.

Though Buffalo edged out the Rockets in most statistical categories, Toledo was able to quickly halt many of the visitors' scoring runs to come away with the victory. UB edged out UT in ATK % (.286-.224), kills (47-42), assists (44-40), digs (52-48) and blocks (8-3), while the Rockets outscored the Bulls with seven service aces.

The Rockets played from behind for most of the first set before knotting it up at 20 points apiece on the third of four straight Buffalo attack errors. Toledo pushed the score to 22-21 in its favor before claiming the final three points on kills by Rafdal and DeWeerdt and a block from freshman RS/MB Becca Reedy and Joniec.

The second set started out drastically different. Toledo snagged the first two points, the second on a service ace by Kadera. The Rockets then quickly vaulted out to a 12-3 advantage in a run that included two more service aces, this time from freshman OH Jordan Kielty. The Bulls would pull back, however, eventually tying up the score at 19-19. From there, both teams exchanged a series of points, tying it for the fifth time in the set at 23-23. Kills by freshman MB Dakota Harkins and DeWeerdt would clinch the second set, 25-23, and give Toledo the early 2-0 lead.

In the third and final set, Toledo once again jumped out to an early lead, only to have Buffalo recover to keep it close. The Rockets first grabbed a 6-2 lead on Kadera's second ace of the match. The remainder of the set would feature six ties and two lead changes. Toledo maintained the lead for most of the set, before Buffalo locked the score up once again at 19-19. The teams alternated points in the next several volleys before knotting it up at 24-24. The final two points of the set both came from the Joniec to help give UT a 26-24 set win and a 3-0 match victory.

 Western Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan volleyball team rode a career-best 22 kill performance by Jessica Brown to a 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 15-14, 25-23) win over Eastern Michigan for WMU's 20th straight home win in front of 1,319 fans at University Arena on Saturday night.

Brown, who's previous career high of 20 kills came against Miami on Nov. 7, 2009, led all attackers on the night and also hit a game-high .439. Senior Allyson Doyle was one kill away from her 45th career kill-dig double-double but settled for nine kills, 24 digs and also led the team with four block assists. Ashley Turnage had five total blocks on two solo blocks and three block assists and also added eight kills. Ali Gossen was the only other Bronco to reach double-digit kills with 13. Junior setter Sam Viox reached a double-double in the win with 53 assists and 14 digs.

The Broncos took the first set 25-23 after going back and forth with the Eagles. The set featured 11 lead changes until a kill by Viox gave the Broncos a 21-20 lead and WMU held on for good. Doyle finished off the Eagles with a kill after EMU had rallied to bring the Eagles back within one, 24-23. Gossen led the way for the Broncos with seven kills in the first set, while Doyle had two kills, five digs and two block-assists.

In the second set Western Michigan got out to a 6-0 run to take the lead. The Eagles chipped away at first before going on a 6-0 run of their own to eventually take the lead 11-10.

The teams traded points until the 15-15 mark when Eastern Michigan strung together two straight points to give the Eagles a 17-15 lead. Doyle cut the lead to one after a kill but the Eagles extended their lead after a kill and an attacking error on WMU to go up 19-16. After a kill by Gossen the Eagles added two straight points to take their largest lead of the set at 21-17. The Broncos would cut it to three at 21-18 but the Eagles quickly closed out the set at 25-19. EMU's Jenn Swartz had six of her 13 kills in the set, while Rachel Iaquaniello had five kills for the Eagles.

Eastern Michigan built an early 4-1 lead to open the third set but the Broncos responded with a 9-0 run to take the lead 10-4. Western Michigan extended its lead to 20-7, its largest of the set. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to 20-11, but a kill by Brown pushed it back to double-digits where it stayed until she finished off Eastern Michigan for the set 25-14. The sophomore middle blocker had nine of her match-high 22 kills in the third set win for the Broncos.

The fourth and final set mirrored the first with the two teams exchanging leads and ties until the Broncos took their final lead of the night after a kill by Viox to make it 11-10. From there the Broncos and Eagles battled with WMU increasing its lead to 20-16 for the largest of the set after one of six fourth-set kills by Brown. After a service error by the Broncos EMU brought the lead within one at 21-10 but the Broncos pushed it back to 23-20 after back-to-back kills by Brown and Turnage. The Eagles tried to rally and after a block assist by Iaquaniello and Kristen Baker cut the lead to 24-23 but Gossen 13th kill of the night finished the set and the match.

The Broncos now earn a bye in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament and will travel to Toledo on Friday. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

 Kent State 3, Miami 1
KENT, Ohio - The RedHawk volleyball team took the first set, but Kent State responded by taking the next three to capture a 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-18) win over Miami on Saturday night. The RedHawks fall to 10-19 overall and finish 5-11 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes improve to 13-18 overall and 6-10 in the MAC.

 Miami will now be the 11th seed in next week's MAC Tournament. The RedHawks will hit the road for their first round match next Tuesday at sixth seed Central Michigan. The time of the match is still to be determined.

Two kills from Amy Raseman and a service ace by Amy Kendall were part of a 7-3 start by Miami in set one. Kent State would close to within one at 10-11, but that is when the RedHawks made their move to take control of the set. Miami would go on an 8-1 run that opened up a 19-11 lead. The Golden Flashes would respond with a 9-3 run of their own to pull within two at 20-22. However, two kills from Colleen Loftus followed by a double block from Madison Dodd and Michele Metzler would give the RedHawks the three final points they needed for the 25-20 victory.

Trailing 4-8 in set two, Miami would respond with an 11-7 run that would tie the score at 15. During that run, Raseman recorded three kills. Kent State would eventually retake the lead with an 8-4 spurt that made it 23-19. That would prove to be enough as the Golden Flashes went on to win, 25-20.

Set three started well for the RedHawks as kills from Metzler, Loftus and Lisa Treadway helped stake Miami to a 5-3 lead. From there, Kent State would score 14 of the next 16 points to take control of the set at 17-7. Loftus, Metzler and Cassie Farrell would each follow with kills, but they could not make a dent in the lead as the Golden Flashes won, 25-12.

Kent State opened up a 13-9 advantage to start set four. A Golden Flash service error, followed by a kill and a solo block from Metzler pulled Miami to within one at 12-13. The teams traded points until it was 17-15 in favor of the Golden Flashes. Kent State would then close out the set and the match by going on an 8-3 run that gave it a 25-17 victory.

Loftus, Metzler and Raseman each finished with 10 kills for Miami. Metzler also had five blocks (two solo, three assisted). Madison Hardy led the defense with 10 digs, while Kendall had 26 assists.

Ball State 3, Akron 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - - MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team completed the 2010 regular season and celebrated senior night with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17) victory over Akron Saturday evening at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals conclude the 2010 regular season with a 24-4 (14-2 Mid-American Conference) record, which ties as the best 28-match record in program history. The Zips dropped to 15-13 (7-9 MAC) with the loss.

"While it took us a little while to get going, I thought we played really well tonight," said BSU head coach Steve Shondell. "Akron is a nice ball club, extremely well coached and led the East Division for a few weeks this year. I knew it would take an outstanding effort to beat them, especially coming off the emotional Thursday night MAC Championship win."

Leading BSU's senior group on the court was libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) who picked up a match-best 29 digs. She also tallied a service ace and picked up a kill to help the Cardinals complete a perfect 12-0 home record this season. With the 29-dig effort, Rio raised her team-leading digs-per-set average to 5.88. She entered the match ranked second in the nation at 5.82.

Seniors Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.), Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.), Karin Caudill (Selma, Ind./Burris Laboratory School) and Alexis Shonkwiler (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook H.S.) also contributed in the victory.

"We sent our seniors out in style tonight," added Shondell. "We were able to get them all on the floor and it was exciting to pick up a win for them after all the hard work and dedication they have given us. We had a great crowd tonight, and they really got behind our seniors and team."

Offensively, three Cardinals finished the contest with double-digit kills, led by 14 from freshman outside hitter Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.).

Junior right side hitter Jennifer Boyd (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley H.S.) added 13 kills and hit a team-best .522 (13-1-23). Freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.) added 10 kills in the contest, while collecting eight digs.

Also turning in a solid all-around effort was junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) with seven kills and a .312 (7-2-16) hitting mark. She also blasted a match-best four aces, including three straight in the final set to give BSU match-point.

Freshman middle blocker Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven H.S.) also tallied seven kills, while tying Brandl for match-high honors with four total blocks.

Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) guided the Ball State offense to a .276 (55-20-127) rate of success for the match, handing out 47 assists, while adding seven digs, three kills and three aces.

As a team, Ball State limited the Zips' offense to a .175 (49-24-143) mark, with Tina Dimitrijevs collecting a team-high 13 kills. Chelsea Harvey added a team-best 16 digs.

The 2010 MAC Regular season champions, Ball State has earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming MAC Tournament and will play in the third quarterfinal match at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the SeaGate Centre in Toledo, Ohio.

"The MAC Tournament is going to be a great challenge for all the teams who are there," said Shondell. "All eight teams that make it Toledo could win, there is that much parody in the league. We are not taking anything for granted. I hope we can go in, compete and play well. There is no clear-cut favorite going into the tournament, it is wide open."



Ohio 3, Bowling Green 1
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's seniors went out in style on Saturday night with a 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18) victory over Bowling Green. Katie Post and Sue Jacobi continued their dominant play of late combining for 30 kills in the contest.

The senior class of Meryl Bender, Jacobi, Michelle Jantsch and Mandy Nichols have now won a total of 95 matches during their careers and are a combined 53-11 in Mid-American Conference play. This week, they captured their fourth-consecutive MAC East Division crown and will now try for a third MAC Tournament Championship next week.

"They are such a good group and they have done everything we as coaches have asked them to do," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "They are all such great people and I'm truly happy for all the success they have had these last four years."

In the first set, Ohio received blocks from Post, Jantsch and Nichols to erase a one-point deficit and go ahead 4-2. The Bobcats would stay in control of the match until BG pulled even at 14-14. Two kills and a block by Jacobi allowed Ohio to regain a three-point advantage at 17-14 and forced a timeout by the Falcons.

Leading 22-19, a kill and ace by Post were followed by a kill from Jacobi to win the set. Nichols finished with four kills and two blocks for the Green & White while Post accumulated five kills and four blocks to go along with her ace. Ohio amassed six total team blocks and hit a match-best .387 en route to taking a 1-0 lead in the match.

Ohio staked itself to a 5-1 lead in the second set after two kills by Jantsch, kills by Post and Jacobi and an ace from Mollie Geske. However, BG evened things quickly at 5-5. Ohio retook the lead at 9-8 before five-consecutive Falcon points pushed them in front at 13-9.

The Bobcats continued to battle and took six of the next nine to close the gap to 16-15 on a block by Jacobi and Lexie Hartnett. After a BG timeout, Ohio continued to push but could not take the lead. Once again, the home team got within one on a kill by Nichols at 23-22 but BG hung tough and won the set 25-22.

After the break, Ohio led the third set 3-2 before scoring eight of the next nine points to take an 11-3 lead. The lead would eventually swell to double figures and the `Cats had their largest lead at 24-11. Post's fourth kill of the set would give Ohio a 2-1 lead in the match.

The junior also recorded four blocks and an ace while Jacobi registered five kills and two blocks and Nichols racked up three more blocks. Ohio also held BG to a match-low -.029 hitting percentage as it moved ahead on the scoreboard.

Ohio jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the fourth set on the strength of five kills and two blocks. Bowling Green would get back into things by taking eight of the next 12 points and closing the gap to 13-11 before Theis took a timeout to try and settle his troops. The decision worked as the Bobcats scored five of the next six to regain a sizable lead at 18-12.

Ohio's final block of the night and an attack error by the Falcons brought the match to a close as the fourth set ended 25-18. Post finished with five kills and two blocks while Hartnett added four kills and two blocks. Robins had her best set of the night at the end, knocking out two kills and denying three BG attempts.

"The theme has not changed," Theis added. "The longer we can play good volleyball, the better the chances are that we are going to win. We cross our fingers and hope now that we execute well enough in these next couple matches so we can win a championship."

Post finished the night with 16 kills and hit .444 while Jacobi added 14 kills for the Bobcats. Nichols added nine kills and six blocks while Hartnett finished with eight kills (.412) and five blocks. Post led the way for Ohio with 11 blocks, tying a career-high and giving her a first double-double of the season.

As a team, ohio finished with 17.0 total team blocks, which tied their second-highest match output of the season. The best total was 17.5 team blocks in a five-set loss at MAC regular-season champion Ball State.

Bender finished with 11 assists and 21 digs while Jantsch parlayed a 14-assists first set into a 38-assist night.

"Within the last three weeks we've played stretches that are the best we've played this season," Theis said. "I think if there's a time to get into a conference tournament, that time is now."

The Bobcats will now be the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament that starts with the first round on Tuesday and then resumes with the quarterfinals on Thursday. That will be the entry point for the Bobcats as they will receive a bye to Toledo and play at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the SeaGate Center.