Friday's MAC Volleyball Results

Updated 9/25/2010
Friday's MAC Volleyball Results
Akron 3, Bowling Green 0
Western Michigan 3, Toledo 0
Buffalo 3, Miami 0
Ball State 3, Northern Illinois 2

Akron 3, Bowling Green 0
Akron, Ohio - The University of Akron volleyball team dominated the Bowling Green Falcons 3-0 Friday night in the opening match of Mid-American Conference play.

Striking a .301 hitting percentage holding Bowling Green to a .159 mark, the Zips were led by junior outside hitter Courtney Jarvis who pounded out 14 kills on 35 attempts to only one error (.371). Jarvis also added four digs, one solo block and one block assist.

Defensively, sophomore Chelsea Harvey roamed the backcourt with 13 digs followed by 11 from freshman Jill Paluch.

The first set proved to be the toughest of the three as Bowling Green grabbed a 12-10 lead with Akron tying it up at 12. Pushing ahead to a 19-15 advantage, BGSU came within one at 22-21 prompting a UA timeout. Two Zips kills would put UA up three (24-21) but the Falcons tied it at 24 off two kills and a UA error. Back and forth a Jarvis kill at the 26-25 point would give UA the 27-26 victory.

In the second set, BG again took the early lead going up 5-2, however, UA tied it at eight and took the lead at the 11-10 mark off a Zips block. Bowling Green would tie it back up at the 17 mark, but a kill from junior Tina Dimitrijevs would regain the UA lead (18-17). Going on a 4-0 run for the 21-17 lead, BG again pushed near the end tying it at 23, however, another Jarvis kill and Falcon error gave UA the 25-23 win.

Akron set the tone in the third set and never looked back. Quickly going up 10-4, Akron took its biggest lead of the match at the 23-10 point. Bowling Green would go on a run towards the end but to no avail as the Zips came away with the 25-16 win. In the set Akron struck a .333 hitting percentage holding BGSU to a .081.

The Zips will continue MAC play Saturday welcoming Miami (Ohio) to Rhodes Arena for a 7:00 p.m. match-up.

Western Michigan 3, Toledo 0
KALAMAZOO --Behind a career-high 11 kills from freshman outside hitter Ali Gossen and career-high 18 digs from freshman outside hitter Gillian Asque, the Western Michigan volleyball team won its Mid-American Conference opener, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18), in front of 1,246 at University Arena on Friday night.

The crowd was the largest to see a volleyball match at University Arena since 1,300 packed the stands on Sept. 6, 2004 against No. 2 Nebraska. This match was the first Friday Family Night of the season where general admission tickets are $1 and fans can purchase $1 hot dogs and popcorn at the concession stands.

"The crowd created an incredible environment for our team and on behalf of Western Michigan Volleyball, I'd like to thank everybody for coming out tonight and cheering us on," head coach Colleen Munson said. "It was great to be back at home and greeted by such enthusiasm and we hope to see everybody back out here for the rest of our matches."

Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown led the Broncos (10-4, 1-0 MAC) with 13 kills and hit .478, while junior middle blocker Ashley Turnage hit .476 with 11 kills, eight digs and four blocks against the Rockets (5-7, 0-1 MAC) as WMU improved to 5-1 in conference openers under Munson. Asque hit .300 and added nine kills for WMU.

Junior setter Sam Viox passed out 45 assists with three digs, two blocks and one ace as WMU hit .328 as a team, while holding the Rockets to .165 hitting. Freshman libero Lena Oliver had 14 digs and senior outside hitter Allyson Doyle added six kills, eight digs, two assists and one block. Doyle moved into 17th in Western Michigan history in career kills with 1,018, passing Kathryn Babcock (2003-06).

"Sam really established the middles early in the match and that opened up one-on-one opportunities for our outside hitters," Munson said. "Defensively, I thought we played well and set ourselves up to to execute offensively."

Toledo was led by Lauren Rafdal with 14 kills, hitting .200, and libero Amber DeWeerdt tied Asque for match-high honors with 18 digs.

The Rockets started the match with the first three points and continued to hold the lead, 11-8, through the early parts of the opening set. Back-to-back kills by Doyle started a 6-2 run to put the Broncos in the lead, 14-13, after a block by Brown and Viox. After a timeout, Toledo tied the score, but kills by Asque, Brown and Turnage put WMU on top for good, 18-15. Toledo didn't let Western Michigan get too far away and came back within one, 21-20, but Brown rattled off three consecutive kills to stop the Rockets and WMU took the set on an attack error, 25-20, by UT.

WMU hit .385 with 18 kills in the opening set, led by Brown with seven kills and .700 attacking. The Rockets were limited to .182 attacking and 13 kills.

The Rockets held a slim lead, 4-3, before WMU rattled off five points in a row to go in front, 8-4, and force Toledo to call timeout. The Rockets came back to regain the lead, 11-10, after a kill by Rafdal. The Rockets hung onto the lead and kept it at two, 18-16, before WMU rallied with a 4-0 run on a kill by Turnage, block by Gossen and Turnage, Gossen kill and Viox ace to take the lead, 20-18. Toledo stayed close and saved one set point to close within one, 24-23, before Asque hammered a kill to take the set, 25-23.

There were 10 ties and four lead changes in the set as WMU hit .250 with 17 kills and Toledo hit .167 with 12 kills. Turnage led the Broncos with five kills, while Brown and Gossen each added four.

The third set stayed close with six ties before WMU broke it open with an 8-1 run to take a 16-10 lead. Turnage, Asque and Gossen all registered kills in the run and Doyle teamed with Turnage on a block. The Rockets cut their deficit to three points three times, but three straight kills by Asque opened the margin back to seven, 24-17, and Turnage ended the match with a swing in the middle, 25-18.

Asque hit .750 with six kills in the set as the Broncos hit .351 with 15 kills and held Toledo to 13 kills and .146 attacking.

The Broncos return to University Arena on Saturday night against Ball State (10-2) at 7 p.m. The Cardinals played at Northern Illinois on Friday night.

Buffalo 3, Miami 0
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team started Mid-American Conference play on Friday night the same way it ended non-conference play, with a home sweep. The Bulls defeated Miami (OH), 3-0, picking up their first victory over the RedHawks since 2004. The win was also UB's first ever opening up a MAC season. The Bulls improve to 13-4 and 1-0 in conference.

UB took the contest, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 as the Bulls hit .258, opposed to Miami's .100. The Bulls began the first set taking four of the first five points. Miami came back to take a 6-5 lead, but the Bulls would tie things back up at 9-9. A 9-5 run for the Bulls from there gave them an 18-14 advantage and UB coasted, taking the set 25-18. Three of UB's final four points came on kills from senior Marisa Hornbaker.

The RedHawks took the first two points of the second set, but their lead was short lived as UB scored nine of the next 13 points to take a 9-6 advantage. UB went on to lead by as much as 19-12 in the set, but Miami would close it to within two at 21-19. The Bulls went on to end the set on a 4-1 run, capped off by two kills from senior Kayla Govier.

The Bulls took control early again in the third set, staking themselves to a 20-12 lead before Miami answered back with five straight points. With UB up 20-17, the Bulls recorded the next three points, two coming on kills from freshman Dana Musil. Following two straight Miami points, Hornbaker put UB up 24-19 and following another Miami kill, senior Kristin Bignell ended the match off a pass from fellow classmate Lindsey Schlegel.

"I am just extremely proud of the effort the entire team gave tonight," said head coach Todd Kress. "We came out with the energy and focus needed to beat a good Miami team. We will enjoy this win for a little, but know we have to be ready for Bowling Green tomorrow."

Musil led the way with 12 kills for UB, while Hornbaker had 11 kills and just two errors as she hit .429 for the match. Junior Abby Niekamp and Govier each finished with seven kills. The Bulls, who lead the country in total service aces, added another six to their total, led by three from Musil. Schlegel, who led the Bulls with 34 assists, added two and Hornbaker had one.

Freshman Kelly Svoboda led the way with 10 digs, while Schlegel had eight and Musil added seven. Hornbaker and junior Heather Pyle each added six, while Niekamp and freshman Christine Fritsche each finished with five. Bignell, Niekamp and Govier each finished with two total blocks, while Hornbaker chipped in with one.

UB returns to action tomorrow when it hosts Bowling Green. Match is set for 5:00 pm with Saturday night being Family Night. Kids can attend a free post match clinic with the Bulls while fans can get autographs from the entire 2010 team.

Ball State 3, Northern Illinois 2
DEKALB, Ill. - - The Ball State women's volleyball team rallied to win the final two sets to pull out a thrilling 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 17-25, 25-23, 16-14) victory at Northern Illinois Friday evening in the Mid-American Conference opener for both squads.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 11-2 (1-0 MAC) on the season, and remain a perfect 3-0 in five-set matches. The Huskies fall to 14-2 (0-1 MAC) with the loss.

Ball State's Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North H.S.) led four Cardinals in double-figure kills with 19, to go along with a .567 (19-2-30) attack percentage. She also combined on three of BSU's four blocks on the night, while adding a pair of digs.