Friday's Volleyball Results
Western Michigan 3, Northeastern 0
Ohio 3, UAB 0
Ohio 3, UTSA 0
Michigan State 3, Toledo 0
Duquesne 3, Kent State 1
Miami 3, DePaul 1
Akron 3, Colgate 2
Eastern Michigan 3, Davidson 2
Ball State 3, North Carolina 1
Bowling Green 3, St. Francis 1
Pittsburgh 3, Bowling Green 2
Buffalo 3, Air Force 0
Hofstra 3, Buffalo 1
Central Michigan 3, Radford 0
Western Michigan 3, Northeastern 0
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage set career highs with 13 kills and eight blocks to lead Western Michigan volleyball past Northeastern, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 27-25), in the Seton Hall Invitational at Walsh Gymnasium.
Turnage's eight block assists is a career high, while her eight total blocks ties a career high, which led to a career-high 18 points. Turnage hit .385 for the Broncos, while her partner, sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown, hit .400 with 12 kills and two blocks.
"Turnage and Jess did a good job in the middle and Sam did a good job of forcing the middle," head coach Colleen Munson said. "Turnage was able to run some things in front of the setter, which she is very good at, and their middles couldn't respond. Turnage also did a really good job of closing her block and making things difficult for them."
The Broncos (7-4) benefitted against the Huskies (8-5) with the eighth career double-double for junior setter Sam Viox with 33 assists, season-high-tying 12 digs, two aces and two blocks.
Senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle added a team-high 15 digs, five blocks, four kills and three assists. Doyle moved into seventh in school history with 287 block assists to pass Zakiya Pope and became the 12th player in school history to compile 300 total blocks (301). She also moved into 10th in school history in attack attempts with 2,893 to pass Joanne Bingham.
Freshman outside hitter Gillian Asque added eight kills and eight digs, while freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen had a career-high three total blocks. Freshman Lena Oliver added 12 digs for the Broncos.
The Broncos hit .181 with 39 kills, while Northeastern hit .130 with 40 kills. The Broncos had a season-high 12 total blocks and served four aces. The Huskies had two aces, but eight missed serves.
Northeastern was led by Jessica LaScola with 27 digs and Janelle Tucker with 14 kills, but she was held to .190 hitting, and 12 digs.
"They were really, really scrappy and a very tenacious defensive team," Munson said. "We started well, but then began playing their system, which slowed us down on our side of the net. We just weren't as effective as we needed to be."
A block by Turnage and Doyle, kill by Doyle and Gossen ace put the Broncos up by seven, 13-6, in the first set. A kill by Brown concluded the 8-2 run to put WMU up nine, 17-8. The Huskies began to fight back and closed within two, 24-22, before Brown ended the set with a kill, 25-22.
WMU hit .367 with 14 kills, six by Brown, and blocked four swings by the Huskies. NU hit .242 with 12 kills.
A kill by Turnage tied the score, 7-7, but Northeastern rallied with a 9-4 run to go up by five, 16-11. The Broncos responded with a 6-0 run to take their first lead, 17-16. Turnage accounted for half the points in the run with kills. The Huskies tied the score on the next point, but WMU went on an 8-3 run to take the set, 25-20, after a bad set by NU.
Each team had 13 kills, but WMU hit .211 to .135 hitting for Northeastern. Turnage had seven kills and three blocks in the set for WMU.
The Broncos surrendered the first three points of the set and allowed Northeastern to build a six-point lead, 17-11, before beginning to rally. A service error by the Huskies started an 11-2 run to put the Broncos in front, 22-19. Turnage accounted for all three points to break a tie, 19-19, with two kills and a block assist with Gossen. Another Turnage kill put WMU up 23-20, but Northeastern went on a 5-1 run to re-take the lead, 25-24. The Huskies missed the next serve to tie the set, followed by an Asque kill and NU attack error to end the match, 27-25.
The Huskies had 15 kills and 11 errors to hit .066, including four more WMU blocks. The Broncos hit .068 with 12 kills, led by Turnage with four.
"Overall, the girls seemed to be in control against a different style of offense that what we normally see." Munson said. "The kids were tested and found a way to battle back. We were down in the last two sets, but relied on each other and that's a testament to what we worked on in practice this week to succeed."
Western Michigan continues the tournament at 10 a.m. tomorrow against Seton Hall and 12:30 p.m. against UMBC.
Ohio 3, UAB 0
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team won their first match this afternoon at the TCU Nike Invitational, beating UAB in straight sets 25-23, 25-19 and 27-25.
"I like how hard our team is competitng right now, especially in set three," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "Down and facing match point a couple of times and then fighting back and winning it, really showed the resiliency of this team."
Sue Jacobi had a match-high 13 kills and Faith Robins had 11 kills on .429 hitting. Michelle Jantsch had five kills and hit .455, while Katie Post had eight kills and Meryl Bender notched 14 digs.
The first set was tight throughout with the score knotted 13-13 and Ohio actually trailed late, 21-20. The Bobcats would respond however and a kill from Mandy Nichols won the first set, 25-23, for the Green & White.
In the second set, Ohio led 14-10 and 20-16 before a Post kill ended the match, 25-19 in favor of the Bobcats. At the break, Post had eight kills and was hitting .375, while Robins had eight kills and was hitting .538. The Bobcats accumulated ten blocks and Bender had accumulated nine digs.
"Katie stepped up during the first two sets and performed really well, both offensively and blocking," Theis added. "Faith played well down the stretch, the last two sets, and put us in position to win. We also had some nice pick-ups from the back row by some off-blocker defense, and again, that put us in position to win the match."
The Blazers came out in the third set and took an 8-4 lead and still led at 18-15 and 24-21. Ohio responded with a match-ending run taking six of the final seven points and Jacobi's kill won the third set 27-25.
"UAB played really hard and we knew we were in for a battle," Theis said. "So to show the resolve and effort we did and come away with a straight-set win, I'm very pleased."
Ohio 3, UTSA 0
Ohio Volleyball swept a second opponent on the first day of the TCU Nike Invitational with a 3-0 win over UTSA (25-22, 25-20, 25-22). Sue Jacobi had a double-double after recording a match-high 13 kills and 12 digs.
"We executed at a pretty high level throughout the match," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "We excelled in all facets of the game and if I had to pick an area where we need to improve, I'd say passing. We were unable to produce a lot of offense in the match but we served and blocked extremely well and that proved to be the difference."
The first set was tied 4-4 before Ohio took nine of the next 12 points en route to their largest lead of the match, 13-7. However, UTSA grabbed nine of the next 11 and regained the lead at 16-15. Ohio rattled off four-straight points on kills by Faith Robins and Mandy Nichols and two aces from Sue Jacobi.
Once again, UTSA re-took the lead at 22-21 but the 'Cats responded with a kill from Nichols, a dual block by Katie Post and Michelle Jantsch, a UTSA attack error and a kill by Jacobi to win the first set. Jantsch finished the set with two kills, an ace and 10 assists while Jacobi added four kills, two aces an assist and a block.
UTSA led in the second set 13-10 before Ohio took eight of the next 11 points for an 18-16 lead on a kill by Jantsch. The Bobcats quickly fell behind again 19-18 but rattled off seven of the final eight points on five kills, an ace and a UTSA attack error. Ohio had seven team blocks in the set, including six from Post who also contributed three kills.
The final set of the day was tied 8-8 before took five of the next six points behind three kills, an ace and a UTSA attack error. After that point, the Bobcats never looked back and took their largest lead at 18-14 after a kill by Lexie Hartnett. UTSA cut the deficit to one at 23-22 but a kill by Robins and a ball-handling error by UTSA closed things up in favor of the Green & White.
"UTSA was a fearless team that fought hard but once again, I thought we served and blocked very well and that turned out to be the deciding factors in the match," Theis said.
Ohio continued to spread the wealth offensively with Jacobi leading the way and Nichols, Post and Robins adding seven kills apiece. Nichols hit .462 for the match and Post also added nine blocks. Jantsch finished with a match-high 35 assists and Meryl Bender had a match-high 13 digs.
"Mandy had a really nice second match of the day, both attacking and passing," Theis added. "Sue got on some really good point-scoring runs at times and never let her energy level drop in the match."
Overall, Ohio had 42 kills, nine more than their opponents and doubled UTSA's block output with 12 total team blocks.
The Bobcats play hosts TCU tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. in the finale of the TCU Nike Invitational.
Michigan State 3, Toledo 0
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo put up a strong fight on Friday evening vs. Big Ten foe Michigan State but it wasn't enough in the Rockets' 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 30-28) defeat to the Spartans in Savage Arena.
Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt was only the Rocket to reach double figures in kills with 11 as a taller MSU squad controlled the net and register 14 team blocks. UT also received a solid outing off the bench from freshman OH Becca Reidy, who tallied eight kills and a .467 attack percentage.
Senior OH Megan Schatlze tallied a match-high 18 kills as well as five blocks to lead the Spartans.
The Spartans' size was evident in the first set as MSU tallied four blocks and limited UT to a .059 attack percentage. The Rockets jumped out to a 5-1 lead but Michigan State regrouped quickly to event the contest at 7-7. The point of the set came when the visitors took at 24-20 advantage with four straight points on two Schatzle kills and a pair of Rocket miscues. Junior OH Cassie Kleepsies led Toledo offensively with four kills, while MSU had three individuals with three terminations apiece.
The Spartans took an early 7-4 lead in the second set and UT could never score the equalizer. The Rockets came within a point on five different occasions but was turned away by MSU each time. DeWeerdt led Toledo in the set with three kills, while Schatzle posted impressive 8-1-14 totals.
The Rockets appeared ready to send the match to a fourth set when it took a 23-21 lead on a Reidy kill. MSU rallied to even the contest at 23-23 on junior OH Kyndra Abron's kills and a block. UT then had set points at 25-24, 27-26, 28-27, 29-28 but was turned away each time. The Spartans scored the final three points of the match on kills from Schatzle, Abron and a service ace from sophomore libero Mandi Karaba.
Toledo will now set its sights on Mid-American Conference play. The Rockets will open the conference campaign next weekend at Western Michigan (Sept. 24) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 25).
Duquesne 3, Kent State 1
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State volleyball team lost a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 26-28, 18-25) match to Duquesne Friday (Sept. 17) in the Kent State/Mizuno Open at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes (6-7) lost despite jumping out to a 1-0 match lead and receiving a team season-high 22 kills from junior Liva Brivule (Riga, Latvia), who also achieved a double-double with 11 digs. Senior Lauren Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) joined Brivule with a double-double performance of 40 set assists and 18 digs. Senior Meredith Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) and junior Maigan Larsen (Lancaster, Wis.) also reached double figures in kills with 15 and 14, respectively. Senior Kristen Barr (Bowling Green, Ohio) tallied a team season-best 27 digs while freshman Hannah Herc (Eden, N.Y.) chipped in 13.
KSU began the first set with 14-8 advantage thanks to three kills by Larsen, three kills and a service ace from Brivule and four Duquesne attack errors. The Flashes ran their advantage to 17-9 after kills by Brivule and redshirt freshman Jessica Ronyak (Burton, Ohio), but Duquesne managed to pull within two at 20-18 with a 9-3 scoring run. Kent State refused to let the set slip away, though, as two kills by Brivule, one by Larsen and a service ace by Barr helped the Flashes go up 1-0.
With KSU holding a 12-11 edge in the second set following a kill by senior Celia Sabo (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), the Dukes fired off four straight points to force the Flashes to take a timeout. A double block by Paskert and freshman Zane Malasevska (Riga, Latvia) helped Kent State knot the set up at 17-all, but Duquesne ensured the match went four by closing the second stanza out with an 8-2 run.
The Golden Flashes opened the third with a 7-1 lead, receiving kills from Paskert and Larsen and capitalizing on four attack errors by the Dukes. Duquesne came firing out of a timeout with a 12-8 run to force KSU to talk things over while clinging to a 15-14 lead. The Dukes managed to tie the set at 18-all, and the two teams continued to trade points until two attack errors by the Flashes gave Duquesne a 23-21 lead. KSU put together three straight kills -- one from Brivule and two straight by Larsen -- to put itself on the brink of taking the match advantage. An attack error by the Golden Flashes tied things back up, though. Brivule recorded a kill to put Kent State up 25-24 but the Dukes answered with a kill to even it up again. Brivule fired back with another kill, but a Kent State attack error tied evened the set score at 26-all. The Dukes made the Flashes pay, taking the 2-1 match edge with a kill and a service ace.
The Flashes jumped out to an early lead in the fourth set, taking a 6-3 advantage with two kills and a service ace by Larsen, two kills by Brivule and one from Herc. The Dukes responded with a 6-1 run that forced Kent State to take a timeout. KSU tied the set back up at 15-all thanks to a kill by Paskert and a service ace by Jones. That's as close as the Golden Flashes got, though, with the Dukes sealing the match victory with a 10-3 run.
Kent State closes out non-conference action by battling Louisiana Monroe at noon and Syracuse at 7 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 18). The Orange won the opening match of the Kent State/Mizuno Open with a 3-0 sweep of the Warhawks. The Dukes take on Syracuse at 2 p.m. and ULM at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Miami 3, DePaul 1
OXFORD, Ohio--Miami University's vOlleyball team opened the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational with a four-set win over DePaul on Friday evening at Millett Hall, 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19. The RedHawks move to 5-6 on the season, while the Blue Demons dropped to 1-9.
After a 9-9 tie in the first set, Miami went on a 9-2 run--spurred by four sophomore outside hitter Christina Menche kills and a pair of blocks by Menche and junior outside hitter Colleen Loftus--to capture an 18-11 advantage. DePaul was able to close within five points, 22-17, but a kill and a service ace by junior outside hitter Jenn Caylor helped put Miami at set point, 24-18, while a junior outside hitter Amy Raseman kill clinched the set for the RedHawks, 25-18.
Miami trailed from the onset of the second set, managing to knot the set twice at 4-4 and 5-5, but was unable to overtake the Blue Demons. DePaul pushed its lead to 17-12, but Miami went on a 4-1 run, with help from two Caylor kills, to pull within two points, 16-18. The Blue Demons rattled off four unanswered points to force a Miami timeout with DePaul leading 22-16. A senior middle hitter Michele Metzler kill, along with a Loftus block and a DePaul attack error, pulled the RedHawks within three points, 22-19. Miami mustered one more point, but the Blue Demons took the second set off an Allyson Rooks kill, 25-20.
Three kills from Metzler helped Miami burst out of the gates in the third game, capturing an early 10-6 advantage. Five unanswered points escalated the RedHawk lead to eight, 19-11. Miami held a 10-point lead and had set point, but a kill and two Blue Demon service aces stalled the Miami win until Caylor put down a kill off the face of a DePaul player to hand the RedHawks the third set, 25-17.
Miami pulled out to a 5-2 lead early in the fourth set. DePaul knotted the set, 6-6, but three straight RedHawk points forced the Blue Demons to call timeout. DePaul closed within one, 9-8, but Miami rattled off five straight points to extend its lead to six, 14-8. The Blue Demons got as close as three points down the stretch, 17-20, but Miami rallied for a 25-19 win in the fourth set to seize the match.
Four RedHawks were in double figures for kills led by Metzler's 16 and Caylor's career-high 15 and followed by Raseman and Menche with 10 apiece. It was also a career-high for Menche. Sophomore libero Lisa Treadway led all players with 18 digs, while Kendall tallied four service aces.
Kate Letcher led the Blue Demons with 11 kills, while Chelsea Thurlby tallied 15 digs.
Miami returns to action on Saturday, facing Illinois State at 10:30 a.m. and then concluding the tournament against Indiana at 7:30 p.m.
Akron 3, Colgate 2
Hamilton, N.Y. - Powered by a season-high 27 kills from junior Courtney Jarvis, the Zips volleyball team claimed a five-set victory over invitational host Colgate Friday night. Striking a .243 hitting percentage, holding the Raiders to a .143, the Zips bested their opponent in kills, digs, blocks and assists.
In the victory, junior Tina Dimitrijevs followed Jarvis with 13 kills while sophomore Morgan Kuhn had 47 assists and freshman Jill Paluch registered a team-high 12 digs in the backcourt.
Posting a 25-22 win to start the match, the Zips fell 25-22 and 25-21 to head into the fourth set. Grabbing a dominant 25-17 win to force the deciding set, Akron went on for the 15-7 fifth set victory.
Down 2-1 on the home floor, the two teams went point for point in the beginning of the fourth set. Tied at eight, Jarvis led Akron on a 5-1 run for the 13-8 lead. Striking five kills, Jarvis powered past the Raider's for a lead UA would never relinquish.
In the final set, Colgate opened up with a team service ace but that would be the Raiders final lead of the match as Akron went on a 4-0 run to secure the 15-7 win. In the victory, Akron struck a .412 hitting percentage holding the Raiders to a. -.091 mark.
Akron will continue tournament action Saturday facing Cornell at 10:00 a.m. followed by a 4:00 p.m. match against Connecticut to conclude UA's final tournament before the Mid-American Conference season begins.
Eastern Michigan 3, Davidson 2
DAVIDSON, N.C. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University volleyball team pushed its record to 11-1 with a 3-2 (25-13, 17-25, 22-25, 25-9, 15-11) victory over Davidson College Friday evening, Sept. 17, in the opener of the Nfinity Wildcat Classic at Belk Arena. Four Eagles posted double-digits in kills including sophomore Kristen Baker (Mentor, Ohio-Mentor) racking up a team-best 13 kills and a .480 hitting percentage.
Behind Baker, EMU also received 11 kills from both Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) and Jenn Swartz (Canton, Mich.-Westland John Glenn) plus 10 from Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child). Junior setter Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) finished with 41 assists, and three Eagles were in double figures in digs, led by 17 from Haley Stein (Carleton, Mich.-Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central).
Sarabeth Peele and Jorden Benedict led the way for Davidson (6-4), who also got nine kills from Madison Benedict. Setter Hayley Lawson finished with 38 assists and nine digs, while libero Christine Perzinski paced the defense with 16 digs.
The Green and White jumped out to an early led in the opening set, winning the first five points, and building to a 25-13 win. The host Wildcats, though, fought back to take a 12-6 lead in the second set as Peele rattled off six straight serves, and evened the match with a 25-17 win.
The teams battled throughout the third set, which featured 12 ties and four lead changes, before putting together a critical late-set run to claim the 25-22 win.
EMU dominated the fourth set, putting together long runs en route to the 25-9 win to force a fifth set. The teams battled early, tied at 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4, before the Eagles started to pull away. A kill from Roback made it 10-6, but the Wildcats pulled within one pint on a 4-1 run. Trailing just 11-10, junior Cassie Sowers' (Williamsport, Ohio-Wesfall) marker gave the Eagles some breathing room, and they closed out the 15-11 win with a 4-1 run.
Eastern Michigan and Boise State open the second day of play with the 10 a.m. match, with another 4:30 p.m. contest pitting EMU against High Point.
Ball State 3, North Carolina 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - - The Ball State (8-2) women's volleyball team opened play in the 2010 Tar Heel Classic with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-16, 25-21) setback to tournament host North Carolina (7-4) Friday evening at UNC's Carmichael Arena.
"North Carolina is a top-50 caliber team, and our girls fought them as hard as we could," said head coach Steve Shondell. "We played five freshmen a good part of the match, against a veteran team of juniors and seniors. It was tough for us to manufacture points tonight and put the ball away. We gave a great effort tonight, but just came up short on the scoreboard."
In the match, the North Carolina defense was able to effectively shut down the Ball State offense, limiting the Cardinals to a season-low .006 (34-33-172) attack percentage.
On defense, the Cardinals limited a potent UNC offense to a .103 (53-35-174) rate of success, with the team collecting nine total blocks and senior libero Alyssa Rio (Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) adding a match and season-best 33 digs.
Junior setter Brittany McGinnis (Fraser, Mich./Fraser H.S.) led the Ball State attack with seven kills and a .583 (7-0-12) attack percentage. She also handed out 15 assists while recording seven digs and two block assists.
Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) added six kills, while tying for team-high honors with four total blocks (one solo to three assists).
Four Tar Heels finished the match with double-figure kills, led by 12 each from Courtney Johnston and Kayla Berringer. Kaylie Gibson led three North Carolina players in double-figure digs with 26.
After falling behind 3-1 in the opening set, the Cardinals rattled off five straight points, including a kill and block from Brandl, to take a 6-3 edge. UNC battled back, tying the score at seven before back-to-back kills from Berringer gave the hosts a 9-7 advantage. A pair of Tar Heel errors tied the score two points later, and the teams proceeded to play to a 13-13 stalemate.
Unfortunately, the Tar Heels' Shelbey Bleke ended the frame with a kill on the next rally to close out the frame at 25-20.
Early kills from Whitney Heeres (Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior H.S.) and Charde' Phillips (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.) helped Ball State pull out to a 4-2 lead to open the second set. Moments later a kill from Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.), which was set up by a over pass save on a ball into the net from Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.), extended the lead to four at 7-3.
Following a UNC timeout at 13-8, a block assist from Brandl and Heeres pushed the lead to six at 14-8. The Tar Heels would pull within four at 15-11, only to see kills from Baker and Boyd help take the advantage back to six at 18-12. However, the hosts answered again, capitalizing on kills from three different players to draw within one at 18-17.
With the score at 19-18, a pair of UNC errors helped Ball State reclaim a three-point edge at 21-18. After a kill from McGinnis made the score 23-21, a pair of Cardinals' errors tied the score at 23. A tip from UNC's Christine Vaughen gave North Carolina the first set point, but back-to-back Brandl blasts helped BSU recapture the edge at 25-24.
The Tar Heels tied the score one last time, at 25-25 thanks to a Johnston kill, only to have an attack error and a solo block from Phillips seal the Ball State set victory at 27-25.
North Carolina controlled the entire third set, scoring the first six points and never looking back, winning the frame 25-16. Senior Hannah Sullivan (New Albany, Ind./New Albany H.S.) led the Cardinals with four kills in the frame.
Ball State scored the first three points of the fourth game, in a run capped by a Heeres kill. The hosts responded with the next three points, and from there, the teams played to an 8-8 deadlock. Ball State used a pair of North Carolina attack errors to pull ahead by two at 10-8, only to have four-straight points from the Tar Heels give the hosts a 12-10 lead.
North Carolina continued to roll after a Ball State timeout, scoring the next three points to up their lead to five at 15-10. After trailing by as many as seven, at 18-11, the Cardinals used a kill from Heeres and aces from Kaylee Schembra (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.) and Brandl to battle back within two at 21-19. Unfortunately, with Ball State trailing 23-20, a pair of service errors over the next three rallies cost the Cardinals the set at 25-21.
The Ball State women's volleyball team continues play in the 2010 Tar Heel Classic Saturday with a pair of matches versus Temple (11 a.m.) and Appalachian State (5:30 p.m.).
Bowling Green 3, St. Francis 1
Pittsburgh 3, Bowling Green 2
Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Bowling Green State University volleyball team came up just a few points short of a perfect opening day at the Blue and Gold Invitational Friday, defeating St. Francis (Pa.) in four sets before losing to host Pittsburgh in a five-set thriller.
Bowling Green, now 3-9 on the year, will be back in action Saturday against Eastern Illinois at 11 a.m. and against Robert Morris at 5 p.m.
Bowling Green defeats St. Francis (Pa.) 25-12, 25-19, 27-29, 27-25
Bowling Green played arguably its best set of the year in the opening frame and then gutted out a four-set victory over St. Francis. The Falcons, who have struggled with attack errors during the early part of the year, hit .333 without a missed swing during the first set and looked unstoppable. While they weren't flawless in the second, Bowling Green matched that play by hitting .294 in the second and rolling to another win.
But the Falcons did not reach .200 in either of the final two sets and each were decided by the narrowest of margins. Bowling Green jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third but St. Francis quickly tied it up at 10-10 and then took a late 19-17 lead. A Paige Penrod kill, followed by two Red Flash attack errors and a Sam Fish ace but the Falcons in charge 21-19 and BG had two match point chances with a 24-22 lead. But St. Francis hung tough and, with the score tied at 27-27, got back-to-back service aces to send the match to a fourth set.
Bowling Green was behind as many as four points in the fourth and trailed 22-18 before a furious rally. Noelle Spitler and Penrod had kills and blocks to get it within two at 24-22. Lauren Mizgalski followed with a kill and Fish had another ace to tie the score at 24-24. Kari Galen and Penrod combined on a block to make it 25-24 but St. Francis got a block of its own to tie the score. Finally, Penrod and Fish had back-to-back kills to give Bowling Green the win.
"We struggled a little more than I thought we would in this match," Head Coach Denise Van De Walle said. "We came out strong in the first set and played very well. But by the third set, we were making more unforced errors than earlier."
Penrod finished with a team-high 13 kills and added a career-high four aces to go with nine digs. Spitler had 10 kills and a career-high seven blocks, while Ashley Dunn added a career-best 26 digs. The Falcons improved to 3-0 on the year when they hit at least .200 by swinging .234 for the match. BG outdug, outkilled, and outblocked St. Francis, beating the Red Flash in almost every facet of the game. The Falcons led in digs 58-49, in kills 50-41, and in blocks 14.0-7.0. The only area St. Francis had an advantage came in the service game, where the Red Flash had 12 aces compared to nine for Bowling Green.
Pittsburgh defeats Bowling Green 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12
Bowling Green led almost the whole way but Pittsburgh closed out the Falcons late to win a tight five-set match. BGSU took an early lead with a first set win, took a 2-1 lead with a third set victory, and then scored the first four points of the fifth set and led late in the frame.
Noelle Spitler set the tone with a kill on the first point of the fifth set and the Falcons jumped on top 4-0 in the deciding stanza. Another Spitler kill gave Bowling Green a 9-5 lead before a Pittsburgh timeout turned the set around. The Panthers scored six of the next eight points to tie the score before Bowling Green's Paige Penrod hit the last of her career high 20 kills to give the Falcons a 12-11 lead. But that would be the team's final point as Pittsburgh scored the next four to win the set.
Bowling Green played well in the two sets it won, hitting .273 and .312 in the first and third. But the Falcons hit only .065 in the second, .062 in the fourth, and .083 in the fifth.
Imani Harper was almost unstoppable for Pittsburgh, finishing with 16 kills without an attack error on only 24 attempts. Amy Town added a match-high 22.
For Bowling Green, Penrod ended with the first 20-kill match of the year for the Falcons and she hit .326. Danielle Tonyan added 11 kills and Sam Fish handed out 33 assists to go with eight digs.
Buffalo 3, Air Force 0
Hofstra 3, Buffalo 1
WEST POINT, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team split its two matches on Friday during the opening day of the West Point Challenge on the campus of Army. The Bulls lost to Hofstra 3-1 in the opener on the day and then bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Air Force. The Bulls are currently 10-3 on the season.
The Bulls stumbled in the opener as it fell to Hofstra, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23. UB, who was leading the Mid-American Conference in opponent hitting percentage, allowed the Pride to hit .252. Outside of the first set, the match was extremely competitive with both teams making runs. Buffalo climbed to within 23-22 i the third set, but it was as close as the Bulls would get, falling 25-22. In the fourth and final set, the Bulls trailed through out, but was able to tied it up at 19-19. Hofstra would regain a three-point advantage at 24-21 and UB fought off two match points, before falling, 25-23.
The Bulls had three players in double figures in kills led by 13 kills from freshman Dana Musil. Senior Kristin Bignell had 11 kills and just two errors, while junior Abby Niekamp added 10 kills. Freshman Christine Fritsche added nine kills, while hitting .389 for the contest. Fritsche also led the team with nine digs. Bignell and senior Kayla Govier each finished with six total blocks. Senior Lindsey Schlegel had 33 assists, a kill and three digs against the Pride.
"We got beat in every way possible during that first match," said head coach Todd Kress. "They beat us to the net every time and they executed a lot better than we did in all facets of the game."
UB took the second match in straight sets, defeating Air Force, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22, The Bulls were led by a pair of freshmen in the kills department as Fritsche and Musil finished with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. The 12 kills by Fritsche tie her season high. The freshmen duo also combined for five of UB's eight service aces as Musil had three and Fritsche finished with two. Govier had eight kills in the match, while freshman Carissa McKenna added five. Schlegel finished with a match-high 36 assists, while also adding nine digs, two total blocks and a service ace.
Defensively, Svoboda led the way with 13 digs, while Bignell had a team-high five blocks, including a solo. McKenna added four blocks, while Govier added three.
"It was nice to see our team fight back and get a win in the second match against a good Air Force team, but we still were not nearly as sharp as I would have liked us to be," said Kress. "We have a lot of work to do before Sunday as we get ready for two very good teams in Army and Bryant."
UB continues play at the West Point Challenge on Sunday as it faces Army at 12:00 pm and Bryant at 5:00 pm.
Central Michigan 3, Radford 0
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Senior Lauren Krupsky became the 13th player in Central Michigan volleyball history to reach 1,000 career kills to lead an offensive explosion in a sweep of Radford in the opening match of the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Invitational at Carolina First Arena on Friday.
The Chippewas (5-5) hit .410 on the day to climb back to .500 on the season while snapping the Highlanders (5-6) three-match winning streak. Krupsky needed 10 kills to reach 1,000 and reached the milestone on the match's final point.
"We're real happy for Krupsky," head coach Erik Olson said. "She moved the ball all over the court today, and reaching that mark is a special moment in her career."
Junior Kaitlyn Schultz paced CMU with 12 kills in just 18 swings (.611), sophomore Val DeWeerd added 12 kills in 18 swings (.444) and Krupsky added her 10 in 19 swings (.474). Sophomore Lindsey Dulude finished with five kills to go with a season-high four aces.
"We're continuing to work on our distribution and we feel like this was a breakout match for Schultz," We were very efficient today and we cleaned up our serving. We'll need to continue that if we're going to have success tomorrow."
Junior setter Catherine Ludwig tallied 40 assists and Dulude led the Maroon and Gold with 11 digs. Freshman libero Jenna Coates added nine. Schultz had a match-best three blocks on the day.
Freshman Jesse Miedema was the only Highlander able to get things going offensively, finishing with a team-best 10 kills. She hit .444 on the day, but RU connected at just .178 as a team. Junior Katelyn Meeks had a match-best 12 digs.
The opening set was tight early, with CMU holding an 11-9 lead, but the Chippewas used a 10-0 run to blow the frame open. The Maroon and Gold once again held a slim lead midway through the second set, 14-13. This time a 7-1 run helped the Chippewas to an easy victory.
Set three saw the same story unfold, with Central Michigan holding on to a 14-13 lead and a 6-0 run producing the cushion the Maroon and Gold would need to close out the sweep. The milestone kill from Krupsky came on a set from Ludwig to close out the Highlanders and snap a brief two-game losing skid for CMU.
The Chippewas close out the early nonconference portion of their schedule on Saturday against North Florida (10:30 a.m.) and host College of Charleston (7:30 p.m.) to wrap up the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Invitational. Live stats are available for both matches, courtesy of CofCSports.com.