MAC Volleyball Weekly Release

Updated 10/4/2010
Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, October 5
Eastern Michigan vs. IPFW 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 7
Akron at Buffalo * 7:00 PM
Ball State at Toledo * 7:00 PM

Friday, October 8
Kent State at Miami * 7:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan * 7:00 PM
Ohio at Bowling Green * 7:00 PM
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan * 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 9
Kent State at Bowling Green * 3:00 PM
Ball State at Buffalo * 5:00 PM
Ohio at Miami * 5:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan * 7:00 PM
Toledo at Akron * 7:00 PM
Western Michigan at Central Michigan * 7:00 PM

 * Conference Game
Italic - MAC Game of the Week


Players of the Week (9.28.10-10.3.10)
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Danielle Tonyan, Bowling Green, Fr., RS, McHenry, Ill./McHenry

Danielle Tonyan set a career high with 17 kills in a four-set loss to Miami (Ohio) Thursday and then re-set it with 23 kills in just three sets against Western Michigan. Tonyan hit .443 on the week, pounding out a .367 percentage against Miami and then hitting at a .500 clip against Western Michigan. The 23 kills against the Broncos were the most for a BGSU player in any match this year.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, So., L, Stow, Ohio/Stow

Sophomore libero Chelsea Harvey led UA in the backcourt this weekend averaging 4.50 digs per set. Totaling 45 overall with only one error, Harvey and the Zips out dug their opponents this weekend in their five set wins over Ohio and Kent State. Harvey's best match came in Akron's first win over Ohio since 2003 where she registered 25 digs. Harvey also added five assists and two service aces.

West Division Co- Offensive Player of the Week
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, So., OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child
Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello helped power the Eagles to a 2-1 week. The Plymouth, Mich. native averaged 5.00 kills, 2.50 digs and 5.25 points per set, while hitting .277 (50-14-130). In a four-set victory over Toledo, Oct. 1, Iaquaniello blasted at Savage Arena. Iaquaniello's 27 kills is the fourth-best total among MAC players this season and the most kills recorded in a four-set match by any player in the conference since 2006. Her total is, however, the second-highest number of kills recorded in a MAC match this season. Besides being a career-best, Iaquaniello's 27 markers are also the most by an EMU student-athlete since Lindsay Piccolini notched 28 against Western Michigan, Sept. 23, 2006. She also finished with 13 kills at Wright State, Sept. 10, and 10 in the setback at Ball State, Oct. 2. Iaquaniello is now just 10 put-a-ways shy of 700 in her short career.

Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, St. Charles, Ill./North
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) paced the Huskie offense as NIU posted two five-set wins over the week to mark its third consecutive league win ... Wicinski totaled a team-best 47 kills (4.70/set) and .321 attack percentage, while also adding 18 digs (1.80/set), two aces, and four blocks for 52 points (5.20/set) ... Wicinski netted double digits in kills in both matches to extend her streak of having 10 or more kills to 18 matches ... She notched a season-high 29 kills at home against Western Michigan with a .309 hitting percentage, while also adding 12 digs, three blocks and an ace for her eighth double-double ... She hit .342 with 19 kills, one block and an ace versus Miami (Ohio).

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Sr., L, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis
Ball State senior libero Alyssa Rio continued her defensive dominance last weekend as the Cardinals earned league wins over Central Michigan (3-1) and Eastern Michigan (3-0). Rio collected 26 digs in each contests, finishing the week with a 7.43 digs-per-set average to raise her league-leading season average to 5.95. In the win over CMU, her 26 digs were 12 more than her closest competitor and helped BSU limit the CMU to a season-low .106 attack percentage. In the victory over Eastern Michigan, Rio's 26 digs were seven more than her closest competitor and helped limit the Eagles to their third-lowest offensive mark of the season at .130. Rio also handed out eight assists, collected an ace and posted a .935 (27 for 29) reception percentage in the two contests.


West Division Team Notebooks
--Ball State's defense shined over the weekend, limiting its two opponents to a combined .119 (80-46-286) attack percentage. In Friday's win over CMU, the Cardinals limited the Chippewas to a season-low .106 (40-26-132) hitting mark. In Saturday's victory over EMU, Ball State limited the Eagles' offense to a .130 (40-20-154) effort from the attack line, its third-lowest mark of the season. Senior libero Alyssa Rio continued to climb towards the top of the NCAA rankings, posting a stellar 7.43 digs-per-set average in the Cardinals two matches last weekend. With the effort, Rio raised her league-leading season average from 5.74 to 5.95. Last week, Rio's average ranked fourth in the nation with Danielle Dupar of Portland leading the country at 5.85.


--The Chippewas snapped a four-match skid with a three-set win over Toledo on Saturday. CMU opens a critical four-match home stand against Northern Illinois on Friday and Western Michigan on Saturday. The match against the Huskies will serve as Central Michigan's Dig Pink match, as the Maroon and Gold will help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.


--Freshman Paige Roback averaged 3.80 digs, 2.30 kills, 0.30 service aces and 0.10 blocks per set during the week. The Maumee, Ohio native had be best match in the defensive struggle at Ball State, Oct. 3, when she posted her seventh career double-double with 11 kills and 18 digs. The 18 digs were a career-best. Eastern Michigan team takes to the floor at the Convocation Center three-times in the upcoming week. The Eagles will host IPFW Tuesday, Oct. 5, in a non-conference affair before returning to Mid-American Conference play Friday, Oct. 8, versus instate rival Western Michigan University. EMU closes out the week Saturday, Oct. 9, against Northern Illinois University. First serve for all three matches is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday's match will be video streamed on Eagle All-Access. Veteran broadcaster Chad Bush will call the action beginning at 6:50 p.m. Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) blasted 27 kills to lead the Eastern Michigan University volleyball team to a 3-1 Mid-American Conference win (24-26, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) over the University of Toledo Friday, Oct. 1, at Savage Arena. Iaquaniello's 27 kills is the fourth-best total among MAC players this season and the most kills recorded in a four-set match by any player in the conference since 2006. Her total is, however, the second-highest number of kills recorded in a MAC match this season. Besides being a career-best, Iaquaniello's 27 markers are also the most by an EMU student-athlete since Lindsay Piccolini notched 28 against Western Michigan, Sept. 23, 2006.


--The Huskies broke through with three achievements that hadn't been seen since 2006 ... First, NIU topped three-time defending MAC West champions Western Michigan for the first time in four years with a five-set home win on Thursday ... Second, the Huskies earned a win in their first road conference match for the first time in four years by earning a five-set victory over Miami (Ohio) ... Third, the Huskies moved to 3-1 in league play for the first time since 2006 ... With the successful week, NIU extended its league winning streak to three matches and improved to 2-0 on Sundays, while also going 5-2 on its season-long home stand ... Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) totaled a team-best 47 kills (4.70/set) and .321 attack percentage, while also adding 18 digs (1.80/set), two aces, and four blocks for 52 points (5.20/set) ... In holding opponents down to a .216 attack percentage, senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) totaled 49 digs (4.90/set) and had only two errors in 46 serve reception attempts


--The schedule for Toledo (5-10, 0-4 MAC) doesn't get any easier this week as the Rockets hosts Mid-American Conference West Division co-leader Ball State (13-3, 3-1 MAC) on Thursday and visit MAC East Division frontrunner Akron (10-4, 4-0 MAC) on Saturday. Sophomore OH Sondra Parys enjoyed her best performance of the season with six kills and a .385 ATK% against CMU. A 2009 MAC All-Freshman Team member, Parys has been hampered by injury and illness so far this season. Junior OH Cassie Kleespies tallied a career-best 16 kills and a career-high .484 attack percentage against Eastern Michigan. Freshman MB Becca Reidy posted a .286 ATK% with 17 kills over the weekend. Reidy began the season as UT's starting right-side hitter but has moved to the middle due to injury.


--In conference play, reigning MAC Freshman of the Year Jessica Brown has picked up her game to hit .443 with 4.43 kills per set. She also leads the team with 10 blocks in conference matches. A pair of players made their first career start to propel Western Michigan to victory at Bowling Green. Freshman middle blocker Emily Harris and sophomore defensive specialist Elizabeth Sweeney each contributed career highs for the Broncos. Harris had career highs of 11 kills, five digs, three blocks, one ace and .562 attack percentage, while Sweeney had a career-high six digs. With 103 assists for a 12.88 assists per set average, junior setter Sam Viox moved into the top 10 in WMU history with 1,759 career assists.

East Division Team Notebooks
--Currently on a nine game winning streak, The University of Akron Zips posted an impressive weekend coming away with road victories over Ohio and Kent State. Both five set wins, Akron showed a well-balanced attack with four players in double-figured kills and digs each match. Most impressively, UA beat Ohio for the first time since 2003. Not only was the victory the first over OU since a five set win against the Bobcats on Nov, 8, 2003, it also marked the first set win in the last 11 matches as Ohio held a 33-0 set margin entering the contest. It also was the first victory at Ohio since the 1999 season.


--Bowling Green fell to 6-12 overall and 1-3 in MAC play with a four-set loss to Miami (Ohio) Thursday and three set loss to Western Michigan Saturday ... In the loss to WMU, Bowling Green was the first to 24 points in every set but was unable to close out any of the frames ... Freshman Danielle Tonyan had a career-high 23 kills in that match, hitting .500 ... Another freshman, Laura Avila, handed out 54 assists, the most by a BG player in a three-set match in the rally scoring era ... Yet another freshman, Paige Penrod, set a new career high with 22 kills against Miami and followed it up with 18 against Western Michigan ... Noelle Spitler had seven blocks against Miami.


--For the first time this season, UB had two players reached the 20-dig mark in a match. Freshman Kelly Svoboda had 24 digs and classmate Dana Musil had 23 digs in Buffalo's five-set loss at Kent State. Senior Kristin Bignell had a career-high 19 kills against Kent State. She was one of four players in double figures in kills against the Golden Flashes. Despite the loss, UB had 23 more kills than Kent State and night more digs, finishing with a season-high 83.


--The Golden Flashes earned their first conference victory of the season, toughing out a 3-2 (25-23, 26-28, 27-25, 20-25, 15-9) triumph over Buffalo Friday (Oct. 1) in front of an inspired M.A.C. Center crowd. A night after earning a five-set victory over a division rival, the Kent State volleyball team ended up on the wrong side of a 3-2 (22-25, 25-12, 25-22, 22-25, 12-15) affair at the hands of Akron Saturday (Oct. 2). Kent State begins a span of four straight conference road matches, playing at Miami next Friday (Oct. 8) and at Bowling Green Saturday (Oct. 9). Both matches are slated for 7 p.m.

--The five set loss to Northern Illinois broke a five match winning streak for the RedHawks in five set matches. The last time Miami dropped set five was Dec. 5, 2008 in the NCAA Tournament first round game against Middle Tennessee State. Amy Raseman had a career-high 18 kills against Northern Illinois on Sunday. She now has 165 kills on the season to lead the RedHawks. In her first two years, she had 100 kills combined.

--The Bobcats split their contests over the weekend, losing in five sets to Akron and sweeping Buffalo. The contest against the Zips saw Ohio's 12-game home winning streak against MAC opponents snapped, as well as the team's 11-match winning streak against MAC teams. It was the first loss to Akron since 2003 and it was the first five-set match at home against a MAC rival since October 11, 2008. Overall, Sue Jacobi led Ohio with 18 kills and four other Bobcats finished with 10 or more kills. Katie Post had 14, Faith Robins finished with 12 and both Mandy Nichols and Lexie Hartnett ended with 10 apiece. Michelle Jantsch finished with a match-high 53 assists and hit .556 with six kills while Hartnett hit .368. Post and Jacobi dominated play against Buffalo with 29 of the team's 43 kills on the evening. Post racked up 15 kills and hit .545, while Jacobi picked up 14 kills and also hit .545. The two of them, along with Lexie Hartnett, all finished with a match-high four blocks. Michelle Jantsch finished with a match-high 33 assists and Meryl Bender had a match-high eight digs. Ohio is now 24-1 all-time vs. the Bulls.